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# Emissions

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Emissions
Ireland to fail on climate targets as lack of policy proves to be a stumbling block
The EPA’s Laura Burke said Ireland still needs to “grasp the nettle” of climate change.
EPA: Ireland needs to 'grasp the nettle' of climate change.
Agriculture accounted for almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020
That’s according to new figures released in the Central Statistics Office.
This year
# dieselgate
Ex-Audi executive pleads guilty over Volkswagen 'dieselgate' scandal
The Volkswagen Group, whose brands include, Audi, Skoda and Seat – admitted in 2015 that it had installed software to rig emissions in 11 million diesel vehicles.
# Transport
Used car prices jump by almost 70% - due to pandemic, Brexit and Ukraine - report says
In particular, used cars in the lower end of the market are becoming less affordable despite being lower in safety standards and higher in emissions.
# Transport
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
15,262 new electric cars were licenced in 2022 compared to 8,554 in 2021.
Last year
# Data Centres
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are data centres ramping up Ireland’s emissions?
Niall Sargent of Noteworthy and UCD’s Dr Patrick Brodie tell Susan Daly about our latest investigation.
# Emissions
EU reaches deal on major carbon market reform
The deal aims to accelerate emissions cuts, phase out free allowances to industries and targets fuel emissions from the building and road transport sectors.
# Greenhouse Gases
Ireland responsible for more emissions globally than national figures show - study
The global carbon footprint of Irish consumption is higher than what is reflected in current calculations.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Do emissions from making electric cars mean they are not ‘green’?
Tesla has been criticised over the mining needed to make their batteries.
# Energy Crisis
CO2 emissions from combustion set to grow only slightly this year despite fears of big jump
In China, the world’s largest polluter, emissions will stay largely flat in 2022.
# interesting moove
New Zealand proposes taxing cow burps as part of plan to tackle climate change
There are just five million people in New Zealand but some 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep.
# Sectoral Ceilings
Any sector could be asked to cut emissions further to absorb unallocated reductions - minister
No sector has yet been responsible for a total of 5.25 megatonnes of emissions.
Climate activist: 'As we humans adapt to heatwaves, the quiet death of nature continues'
Irish climate activist Jessica Dunne says she fears this beautiful planet is running out of time.
# Greenhouse Gases
Greenwashing would be 'worst sin' and 'biggest risk' to Irish agriculture, says Eamon Ryan
After long discussions, the government agreed yesterday 25% reduction in agriculture emissions by 2030.
# Your Say
Poll: Is a 25% cut in agricultural emissions high enough?
The figure is among several targets set for sectors of society with the aim of reducing emissions by 51% by 2030.
# Climate Change
Emissions targets set by government 'problematic', climate watchdog warns
The statement added that Land Use Sector emissions must also be urgently addressed, but are currently excluded from the targets.
# Deal
Challenging but achievable: Govt announces 25% emission reduction target for agriculture sector
Weeks of negotiations were not completed before yesterday’s final Cabinet meeting of the summer.
The government previously set out a 22-30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions target for the agriculture sector.
Farming groups pushed for a target at the lower end but climate experts say close to 30% is needed to meet overall emissions targets.
The EPA said last week that Ireland’s 2021 greenhouse gas emissions increased compared to the previous year.
Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
# Crunch time
'We're still working on it': Cabinet ends without agreement on agriculture emissions target
Negotiations between the two departments are set to continue on tomorrow.
# Hitting the ceiling
Crunch time for coalition as agriculture emissions divide parties ahead of Cabinet
Cabinet ministers may approve sectoral targets for reducing emissions on Wednesday – but only if a dispute over agriculture can be resolved.
# Climate
Agriculture Minister hopes sectoral emissions targets will be agreed by Wednesday
A pinch point in ongoing discussions to finalise the limits for individual sectors is how far agriculture – the largest emitter – must cut its emissions.
Eamon Ryan says 'we have to do more' as greenhouse gas emissions top pre-pandemic levels
The figures show an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid restrictions had led to a significant decrease in emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency report shows an increase in emissions of 4.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, when Covid-19 restrictions were in place.
There was a 17.6% increase in emissions from the energy industries sector, attributable to a tripling of coal and oil use in electricity generation last year.
Agriculture emissions increased by 3% last year, the third year in a row that emissions have risen in the sector.
'Impossible' targets would undermine agri-sector's 'green image', McConalogue told Ryan
Ireland 'urgently' needs to do more to protect coasts and adapt to climate change impacts
# Sucking diesel
New grant for people without driveways to access electric vehicle charging
People will also be able to apply for a home charger grant whether or not they own an EV.
'Impossible' targets would undermine agri-sector's 'green image', McConalogue told Ryan
As the debate on farming’s emissions persists, officials from the departments of agriculture and climate came before an Oireachtas committee today.
# Emissions
Minister says it's up to all departments to cut emissions if Ireland is to meet carbon budgets
The country agreed its first carbon budgets earlier this year.
# Emissions
UK climate chief could quit as Tory leadership candidates waver on net zero by 2050
Three of the five candidates to replace Boris Johnson have voiced hesitancy to commit Britain to climate goals.
# Emissions
Significant work remains for EU’s climate goals as progress moves forward on key package
MEPs were divided on whether a specific reform went far enough to be valuable.
# the road to 2030
‘Particular concern' over agri sector's plan to cut emissions as key details still missing
The sector must give more detail on how it will reduce methane emissions in particular, an EPA report said this week.
# Greenhouse Gases
Ireland's emissions rose last year as 'significant gap' remains between ambition and action
Ireland’s overall emissions are estimated to have increased by 6% in 2021 after a drop in 2020.
# Fossil Fuels
Energy consumption and emissions make post-pandemic jump
As restrictions lifted in 2021, energy use and related emissions moved in the opposite direction of climate goals.
# Climate
Emissions from housing construction could almost double under current plans, committee hears
The amount of carbon emitted during construction will continue to increase to meet the homes target in the Housing For All plan.
# Emissions
'We won’t put your granny in prison for burning turf', says Ryan doubling down on no pause comments
A plan to prohibit the sale or distribution of turf will be discussed by government after Easter.
# Climate
'Only the beginning': Ireland's first-ever carbon budgets pass through the Dáil
A motion to approve the budgets passed through the Dáil without a vote due to little opposition.
# Home heating
'Early and urgent action' needed to reduce heat-related emissions in Ireland, SEAI says
A new study said that heat pumps play a “crucial role” in decarbonising homes, businesses and industry in Ireland.
# no legislation
NI climate legislation one step closer to the finish line, but uncertainties remain
Northern Ireland does not have its own climate laws but falls under UK-wide targets.
# Emissions
Oireachtas climate committee votes in favour of approving proposed carbon budgets
The proposed budgets setting out limits on greenhouse gas emissions still need the green-light from government.
# Sectoral Ceilings
22% emissions reduction in agriculture 'challenging but achievable' - farmers' association
The Climate Action Plan proposed that the agriculture sector reduces its emissions by 22% to 30% by 2030.
# Emissions
Proposed carbon budgets need to go further to reach climate targets, Oireachtas Committee told
Experts say the carbon budgets need to be stronger to achieve Ireland’s climate goals by 2030.
All time
# meat and dairy
Two Irish companies accounted for 7.5% of emissions from EU beef sector in 2018
Three Irish meat and dairy companies are examined as part of a new report on emissions.
Opinion: Castigating farmers won’t reduce agricultural carbon emissions
Dr Stephen Onakuse says consumers and processors must also shoulder the blame for their impact on climate.
# Climate
Legislation to mandate companies to report emissions moves forward in the Seanad
The Government had wanted a stay on the Bill that would delay its introduction by at least a year.