Electricity sector contributes major share of 2017 ETS emissions’ reduction

The Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) welcomes the news that greenhouse gas emissions from the Irish power generation sector fell by 8.2% in 2017 compared to 2016 - and contributed the major share of the overall 4.8% decrease in 2017 emission levels from Irish participants of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). 

EAI CEO Dara Lynott said: “The Irish electricity industry is committed to decarbonising its activities, and through electrification is also able to aid the decarbonisation of other sectors, primarily heating and transport. We believe that an integrated, economy-wide policy approach is required to optimise the long-term delivery of emissions’ reductions and minimise costs to the Irish consumer.”

EAI commissioned PwC to produce a report detailing a least-cost path to achieving Ireland’s decarbonisation targets. The PwC roadmap would see a 92% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (vs 1990 levels) from the electricity sector, an 80% reduction from the heat sector and a 94% reduction in the transport sector. It outlines a range of technologies and suggested phasing to achieve Ireland’s 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets.

All companies participating in the ETS scheme are required to report their emissions to the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 March each year.

Details of the verified emissions of greenhouse gases in 2017 are available on the EU’s website.