Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (54)

Gerard Murphy


31 Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount by which Ireland’s carbon emissions have risen since 1990 and since 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27566/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

With the exception of 1993, greenhouse gas emissions increased each year during the period 1991-2001, at which point they were 31% above 1990 levels. The figure fell to approximately 29% in 2002, and preliminary figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency in July 2004 indicate that emissions for 2003 were down to 24.7% above 1990 levels. This is equivalent to approximately 7.4% above 1997 levels.