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# Greenhouse Gases

1st December 2023
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Varadkar said current targets need to be met before the government could be “serious and honest” about upping ambition.
Last month
November 2023
EU reaches deal to reduce methane gas emissions from energy sector
Methane emissions are one of the biggest drivers of climate change.
This year
UN progress report warns that the World is falling dangerously short of meeting climate goals
‘Much more is needed now on all fronts,’ said the report, which will underpin a crucial climate summit in Dubai at the end of the year.
Last year
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.
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.
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.
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
ESB Networks fined over greenhouse gas leakages at Moneypoint power station
It was fined €1,000 and must pay €20,390 in legal costs over the emission of sulphur hexafluoride in 2018 and 2019.
Emissions limits for sectors due to be signed off before Dáil summer recess
The legally binding limits will set out the total emissions allowed from different sectors such as electricity and agriculture.
‘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.
Poll: Do you consider climate impact when booking holidays?
Tourism is responsible for a significant slice of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Climate change indicators hit record highs in 2021, UN warns
Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification all set new records last year.
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.
All time
Nearly half of people in Ireland think the number of cows should be limited or reduced
Climate experts have advised that reducing the number of cows in Ireland would have a significant impact for reducing emissions.
Ireland's greenhouse gases reach highest in recorded history - report
Methane emissions have increased by 170% compared to pre-industrial levels.
Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma
This compares with a decrease of approximately 11-12% across Europe.
Varadkar hopes the Green Party will soon decide to enter into formal talks on government formation
Roscommon TD Denis Naughten has been critical of some of the Green Party’s environmental policies.
Ireland misses greenhouse gas emissions targets with Status Red snowfalls putting pressure on home heating
The EPA says there are challenges in dealing with extreme weather events in a sustainable way.
India's capital is polluted with smog... but these Delhi offices have air as fresh as the Swiss Alps
The Paharpur Business Centre has more than 7,000 plants pumping fresh air into its offices.
Ireland needs to 'get serious' about reducing emissions after 3.5% rise in 2016
Ireland is trying to reduce its emissions in order to comply with EU regulations and avoid a hefty €75 million fine in 2020.
London's 80-storey wooden skyscraper could solve a major architectural problem
The use of timber as a building material has a number of benefits over steel and concrete, according to Cambridge University.
Ireland (and our cows) seem happy with a new agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions
EU leaders have agreed to cut emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels at a summit in Brussels overnight.
Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU
The agriculture sector is looking for special treatment on new greenhouse gas targets.
Irish industries produced fewer greenhouse gases than ever last year
The drop equated to a seven per cent reduction in the level of harmful gases spewed into the air.
"There is no plan B": EU targets major carbon emitters to reduce emissions
It comes as the IPCC publishes its latest report on climate change.
Carbon dioxide levels reach historic high - US monitors
The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has broken above 400 parts per million for the first time in human history.
Draft edition of new climate law to be published next week
Phil Hogan says the draft heads of a Carbon Development Bill should be brought for cabinet approval next Tuesday.
Transport pollution falls by 10 per cent in recession
Ireland’s overall greenhouse gas emissions fell by one per cent in 2010, meaning we are on track to meet our Kyoto targets.
Australia to tax the nation's worst polluters
Australia aims to reduce carbon pollution by 160 million tons by 2020 with the tax – but the opposition says the move is simply “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”.
Australia may slaughter its wild camels to fight climate change
The animals, who each belch out the equivalent of a transatlantic flight in emissions every year, are one of the country’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases.
IEA estimates make 2010 carbon emissions 'the highest in history'
The surprising increase in emissions – growing at their fastest-ever rate – puts temperature goals almost out of reach.
Methane released by livestock could be reduced by new diet
Researchers believe that tweaks to the diet of livestock could significantly reduce the levels of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
The end of Apocalypse Cow?
Ireland records first drop in greenhouse gases in 20 years as new study says: It’s not all the fault of cows breaking wind.
We're still the second richest in the EU
How did that happen? A new CSO report puts our relative wealth in second spot, despite the massive fall in GDP.