Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (54)

Gerard Murphy

Question:

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.