Author: George Lee

The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Laura Burke, shared exciting news outside the EPA’s Dublin office – Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 6.8% last year, marking the second consecutive yearly decline. This progress signifies that climate action in Ireland is making an impact. While Burke acknowledged the need for further reductions to meet 2030 targets, she highlighted the possibility of achieving them. The biggest decline in emissions occurred in the energy sector, primarily due to increased electricity imports from the UK. However, easy fixes like this are not enough to drive transformational change. The transportation sector…

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The Need for Sustainable Choices in Insulating and Heating Homes The Climate Change Advisory Council is urging the Government to take more decisive action to help individuals make sustainable choices in insulating and heating their homes. In a recent report, the council highlighted the importance of doubling the rate of energy upgrades to social homes and providing special support for older individuals to create warmer and more comfortable living spaces. The council emphasized the necessity for the Government to facilitate the installation of heat pumps in homes and workplaces by making the process more affordable and accessible. Currently, only a…

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The Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland has expressed positivity over the 6.8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the country, marking the lowest levels in 30 years. This significant decrease, equivalent to one tonne of climate pollution per person annually, is attributed to a combination of climate policies, decarbonisation measures, regulations, economics, and individual actions. The reduction in emissions was seen across various sectors, with transport emissions slightly increasing but still lower than pre-Covid levels. The energy industry saw a substantial 21.6% decrease in emissions, while agriculture contributed with a 4.6% reduction. Additionally, residential emissions dropped…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director General, Laura Burke, hailed Ireland’s 6.8% reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions as a major achievement. With emissions now at their lowest in 30 years, Burke praised the impact of climate policy and decarbonisation measures. Minister Eamon Ryan also highlighted the shift towards a green economic future. The reduction in emissions was driven by various factors, including an increase in biofuels, more electric cars, and greater use of public transport. The energy industry saw a significant 21.6% decrease, while emissions from agriculture dropped by 4.6%. Despite these positive results, Ireland still falls short of its…

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A recent Government report, the “Climate Conversation 2023,” reveals that while awareness of climate change is high in Ireland, a sense of urgency and understanding of individual impact remain challenges. The report, based on input from 12,000 individuals as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, emphasizes the gap between climate intentions and actions among the public. The findings indicate that while many people intend to take significant climate actions such as transitioning to electric vehicles or investing in solar panels, barriers such as cost and lack of knowledge hinder progress. Additionally, there are generational and cultural challenges, with…

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The Climate Change Advisory Council in Ireland is sounding the alarm on the need for urgent measures to increase the sale of electric vehicles and overhaul taxation in the transport sector. The Council is concerned that current trends, including a rise in demand for petrol and diesel vehicles while electric vehicle sales decline, are pushing the country further away from its emissions targets. The Council is calling on the Government to disincentivize the use of private cars and internal combustion engine vehicles through comprehensive tax reforms, including changes to vehicle registration tax, motor tax, excise duty, carbon tax, fuel pricing,…

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A new report is urging the Government to prioritize the use of timber over concrete in building construction to promote sustainability and reduce carbon emissions. The Climate Change Advisory Council is calling for a high-level task force to bolster the timber industry as an eco-friendly alternative to cement production, which is a major source of emissions in Ireland. The report emphasizes the need for rapid adoption of timber in construction and modern building techniques to lower greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, only 24% of new buildings in Ireland used timber frames, lagging far behind Scotland’s 83% utilization rate. The report…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has highlighted that even with full implementation of the Government’s Climate Action Plan, Ireland will fall short of its emissions reduction targets for 2030. Despite sectoral emissions ceilings set for key areas like agriculture, electricity, industry, and transport, projections show that targets will be exceeded. The EPA emphasizes the need for quicker implementation of climate-related policies to achieve the required reductions. The latest report indicates that existing policies may not be sufficient to meet the 51% reduction target by 2030. While some progress has been made in areas like electric cars and renewable energy, gaps…

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that Ireland is falling short of its legally binding emissions reduction targets for 2030, despite the Government’s Climate Action Plan. The latest greenhouse gas projections show sectoral emissions exceeding ceilings in agriculture, electricity, industry, and transport. The EPA’s Director-General, Laura Burke, emphasized the need for faster implementation of measures and scaling up the transition to achieve required reductions across all sectors. The report highlights gaps in existing policies, such as the lack of concrete plans to increase petrol and diesel prices to promote behavioral change in transportation. In the agriculture sector, implementing climate-related…

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A recent study has found that human induced climate change has made storm-related rainfall in Ireland and the UK 20% heavier and ten times more likely to occur. The research, conducted by climate scientists from various meteorological services, attributes this to a 30% increase in the average intensity of rainfall on stormy days due to global warming. This increase has been specifically linked to the impact of human activity on the climate. The study emphasizes the need for comprehensive flood risk management in both countries, calling for legislative frameworks, strategic planning, and substantial funding to address the issue. While major…

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