Major Emitters

‌Emissions to Air

In 2012 Ireland had 156 facilities with emissions of 19 PRTR parameters to air which were reportable to Europe. Of these 19 air related parameters reportable to Europe under the E-PRTR Regulations, this page concentrates on a number of the key pollutants chosen specifically for their contribution to global warming and air pollution issues as follows:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4) are the most important “greenhouse gases” which contribute to global warming and climate change.
  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Ammonia (NH3) are responsible for long-range transboundary air pollution such as acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone pollution.

 National Air Emission trends 2007-2012

Air emissions trends 07-12 E-PRTR various parameters

Irelands E-PRTR facilities with the highest annual emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Sulphur Oxides (SOx), Ammonia (NH3) and Methane (CH4) are listed in Top 5 Emitters to Air 2007-2012.

The sectoral contribution to E-PRTR Carbon Dioxide CO2 emissions to air are shown in the chart below with the energy sector as the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions reported to PRTR.

 E-PRTR CO2 to air chart 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trend of Irelands E-PRTR Methane emissions to air is shown in the chart below for 2007-2012. The greatest sectoral contribution comes from the Waste and Wastewater management sector which contains the landfill sites which is the predominant PRTR activity contributing to methane emisisons to air.

Chart showing E-PRTR Methane to Air 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trend in E-PRTR Sulphur Dioxide (SOx) emissions to air can be seen below with the Energy sector the largest contributor to the E-PRTR emissions in Ireland.

Chart showing E-PRTR SOx to air 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trend of E-PRTR Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx) emissions to air in Ireland can be seen in the chart below with the Mineral Sector and Energy sector the biggest contributors to emissions.

Chart showing E-PRTR NOx to air 2007-2012

E-PRTR emissions of Ammonia (NH3) to air for 2007-2012 are mainly contributed by the Intensive livestock production and aquaculture sector as can be see in the chart below.

Ammonia trend chart

Emissions to Water

The total number of facilities reporting emissions to water which are reported to Europe, was 14 in 2012. The National E-PRTR Emissions of Total Nitrogen (TN) and Total Phosphorous (TP) to water trend 2007-2012 can be seen in the chart below.Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus emissions to water are predominantly from urban wastewater treatment plants (uWWTPs).

 Chart showing TN and TP to water 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irelands E-PRTR facilities with the highest annual emissions of Total Nitrogen (TN), Total Phosphorous (TP) and Chlorides to water are listed in Top 5 emitters to water 2007-2012. The greatest sectoral contribution from the Waste and Wastewater managment sector to TN and TP can be seen in the charts below.

 Chart showing TN to water 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chart showing TP to water 2007-2012

Emissions to Wastewater

Irelands E-PRTR facilities with the highest annual emissions of Total Nitrogen (TN), Total Phosphorous (TP) to Wastewater are listed in Top Emitters to Wastewater 2007-2012

Waste transfers

Irelands Total Hazardous and Non-Hazardous waste transfers reported to E-PRTR can be seen in the chart below.

Chart showing Haz and Non Haz E-PRTR waste transfers 07-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Irelands Hazardous waste transfers divided into treatment type and destination are shown in the chart below from 2007-2012

Chart showing E-PRTR Hazardous waste transfers 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total tonnes of Hazardous waste transfers reportable to Europe under PRTR and the top hazardous waste transfers from PRTR facilites are listed in Top 5 Hazardous waste transfers 2007-2012

The total tonnes of Non-Hazardous waste transfers reportable to Europe under PRTR and the top hazardous waste transfers from PRTR facilites are listed in Top 5 Non-Hazardous waste transfers 2007-2012