Ireland to invest in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Sep 16, 2002 02:00 AM

Sustainable Energy Ireland announced plans to spend in excess of EUR 220 mm over the next five years on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy savings initiatives.
In its five-year strategy document, published by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Dermot Ahern, the organisation outlined its priority targets.

The five-year programme covers housing, transport, the public sector and energy consumption by commercial industry. Transport, housing and industry account for over three quarters of Ireland's energy-related CO2 emissions.
"We need to cut back on emissions while at the same time sustain our economic growth. I accept this is an enormous challenge for the country but I believe that it is attainable," Minister Ahern said.

This year, Ireland will consume 15 mm tons of oil equivalent of energy, costing consumers over EUR 7 bn and emitting over 45 mm tons of CO2. This has grown from EUR 4 bn and 30 mm tons of CO2 in 1990.
The government's National Climate Change Strategy has identified a 15.4 mm tons target reduction in annual CO2 emissions for 2008-2012.

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