Large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 for Irelands Emissions Trading Companies

Date released: Apr 09 2010

Data submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the EU Commission show that emissions of greenhouse gases in 2009, for companies in Ireland covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), are over 15% lower than in the previous year. This very large year-on-year reduction reflects the severity of the economic downturn, which began to have significant impact during 2008 and which is now very evident. It also continues a well established downward trend in our recorded emissions since the ETS commenced in 2005. In the EU as a whole, results for 2009 - from almost 10,000 installations in the ETS - show an overall reduction of over 11% on 2008.

GHG emissions from Irish companies participating in the Emissions Trading Scheme had steadily declined from 22.43 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (Mtonnes CO2) in 2005 to 20.38 Mtonnes CO2 in 2008. However Ireland’s Emissions Trading Scheme companies showed a significant further drop in emissions to 17.22 Mtonnes CO2 in 2009, which compares to an allocation under Ireland’s National Allocation Plan to these installations in 2009 of 19.97 Mtonnes CO2.  This has resulted in an over-allocation in 2009  as compared to previous years where there was an under-allocation to participating companies.

Dr. Ken Macken, Programme Manager, commented:

“Emissions Trading Scheme installations with the largest reductions in emissions are mainly in the power generation and cement sectors reflecting the significant drop in activity in construction and electricity consumption. It should be noted that the Allocation Plan covers a five year period and the overall outcome will not be clear until the end of 2012.”

Over 100 major industrial and institutional sites in Ireland are covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme.  These include power generation, other combustion, cement, lime, glass and ceramic plants and oil refining. Also included are large companies in areas such as food & drink, pharmaceuticals and semi-conductors.

Details of the verified emissions of greenhouse gas emissions in 2009 are available on the EU’s website (lines 7995-8116).
Download Ireland’s National Allocation Plan for Emissions Trading 2008-2012 from the EPA website 

Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)

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