Energy-linked CO2 emissions in Ireland fall 4.5% in 2019: Carbon dioxide emissions coming from energy use in Ireland fell by 4.5% in 2019.
This is according to a study by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), that says that the trend is the largest yearly reduction in energy-related CO2 emissions since 2011, at the height of the last recession.
The research associate this fall particularly to a 70% year-on-year decline in coal used for generating electricity.
As the report says, energy from renewable sources accounted for 12% of all energy used, which is up from 10.9% in 2018 – the use of renewable energy is predicted to have resulted in a saving of 5.8 million tonnes of CO2.
Heat energy use plunged by 3.1%, mainly due to the warmer weather & generated lower carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3%.
Transport energy use raised by 0.5% but carbon dioxide emissions fell due to an increased mixing of biofuels with petrol & diesel, according to the report.
Jim Scheer, Head of Data and Insights at SEAI, stated: “The progress we are making in electricity illustrates how replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy leads to emissions reductions, a direct climate action.
“Increased focus is now being given to how to reduce, and eventually eliminate fossil fuels from heating and transport.”
Energy-linked CO2 emissions in Ireland fall 4.5% in 2019