climate change

Public sector energy consumption in Ireland by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

Public sector energy consumption in Ireland

The public sector has improved its energy efficiency by 20%, avoiding 520,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and €133 million of expenditure. But, savings have plateaued. Read more

Progress towards Ireland's energy targets by Colum Kenny

Progress towards Ireland's energy targets

While Ireland is over half way towards meeting each of its renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, bridging the gaps by 2020 will be challenging. Read more

Fuel Quality Directive - Ireland's progress by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

Fuel Quality Directive - Ireland's progress

We analyse Ireland’s progress towards the recently adopted FQD target of reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels by 6%. Read more

Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions targets by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions targets

We review the latest emissions inventory and projections, which indicate that Ireland will fall short of its 2020 target and will face a big gap to a proposed 2030 target. Read more

Fuel Quality Directive - a 'new' energy target for 2020 by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

Fuel Quality Directive - a 'new' energy target for 2020

The adoption of the amended FQD will introduce a new target for the reduction of the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels throughout the EU by 2020. Read more

New proposal for binding 2030 emissions targets by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

New proposal for binding 2030 emissions targets

We review the EU’s July 2016 proposal for binding 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States, including the flexibilities available to Ireland. Read more

Ireland's new energy policy by Liam P. Ó Cléirigh

Ireland's new energy policy

We summarise the key elements in Ireland's new energy white paper, which sets a goal of reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. Read more

EU ETS: beyond 2020 by Robert Harte

EU ETS: beyond 2020

Phase IV of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) will run from 2021 until 2030 and is proposed to include steeper annual reductions in the GHG emissions cap. Read more