Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (147, 173)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

147. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which this country's carbon reduction targets continue to be met in line with international agreements; the extent if any to which adjustment is needed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45558/13]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

173. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which carbon reduction targets have been achieved in each of the past six years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45318/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 147 and 173 together.

The Environmental Protection Agency report, Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2012, which was published on 9 October 2013 and is available on the Agency's website (www.epa.ie), sets out national greenhouse gas emissions for the period 1990 to 2012 and includes details on compliance for the purposes of the Kyoto Protocol over its first commitment period covering 2008-2012. Compliance with Ireland's Kyoto Protocol limit is achieved by ensuring that Ireland's total greenhouse gas emissions at the end of the five-year period are below our Kyoto limit, set as 314.18 Mt CO2eq. The data provided in the EPA report indicate that Ireland will achieve its Kyoto Protocol target.