Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Questions (515)

Paul Murphy

Question:

515. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the top 100 companies with the highest emissions. [47203/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a cornerstone of the European Union's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. It is the biggest international system for trading greenhouse gas emission allowances and covers more than 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 31 countries, as well as airlines. The system covers emissions of carbon dioxide from power and heat generation and a wide range of energy-intensive industry sectors including oil refineries, steel works, and production of iron, aluminium, metals, cement, lime, glass, ceramics, pulp, paper, cardboard, acids and bulk organic chemicals. Nitrous oxide emissions from the production of certain acids and emissions of perfluorocarbons from aluminium production are also included.

An installation is a single stationary technical unit where one or more activities listed under the ETS Directive are carried out. A company/operator may have a number of installations included in the ETS. In Ireland, 75 stationary operators and 13 aircraft operators are included under the scheme. These operate a 104 total installations.

The European Union Transaction Log is the public register of ETS licensees which provides verified emissions figures by Permit ID/Installation. The total verified emissions for each operator is displayed in the following table.

Stationary Operators - Total Verified Emissions (2018) by Account holder

Accountholder/Operator

TOTAL (TONNES CO2)

Ryanair Designated Activity Company

9,879,100

Electricity Supply Board

4,593,362

CRH plc

1,810,780

Norwegian Air International Limited

1,494,039

Limerick Alumina Refining Limited

1,244,116

Synergen Power Limited Power Plant

1,111,570

SSE Generation Ireland Limited

849,704

Aer Lingus Limited

848,646

Quinn Cement Limited

806,637

Bord Gais Energy Limited

678,359

Edenderry Power Limited

565,097

Viridian Power Limited

545,825

Tynagh Energy Limited

510,382

Huntstown Power Company Limited

497,590

Breedon Cement Ireland Limited

424,139

Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery Limited

321,932

Premier Periclase Limited

174,831

Glanbia Ireland Designated Activity Company

131,487

Kerry Ingredients (Ireland) Limited

123,041

Stobart Air Unlimited Company

116,524

Lakeland Dairies Co-operative Society Limited

93,266

Dairygold Co-Operative Society Limited

91,105

Bord na Mona Fuels Limited

77,281

Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals

59,644

Diageo Ireland

51,514

Intel Ireland Limited

43,367

ASL Airlines (Ireland) Limited

42,838

Vermilion Exploration and Production Ireland Limited

42,538

Carbery Food Ingredients Limited

42,484

Irish Distillers Limited

41,520

Nutricia Infant Nutrition Limited

38,338

Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland Limited

36,221

PSE Kinsale Energy Limited

36,215

CityJet Limited

35,928

Anglo Beef Processors Ireland Unlimited Company

33,674

Saint-Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Limited

31,460

FMC Manufacturing Limited

30,987

College Proteins Unlimited Company

25,111

Abbott Ireland

23,098

Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Limited

22,806

Baxter Healthcare SA

20,916

Eli Lilly Kinsale Limited

20,404

Arrabawn Cooperative Society Limited

20,058

BASF Ireland Limited

18,220

Tipperary Co Operative Creamery Limited

15,924

Gas Networks Ireland

14,893

EdgeConneX Ireland Limited

14,413

MSD International GmbH t/a MSD Ireland (Brinny)

12,983

Dublin Products Limited

11,864

Pelagia Feed (Ireland) Limited

11,339

Minch Malt Limited

11,325

Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland

9,926

DAA Public Limited Company

9,827

Regeneron Ireland Unlimited Company

9,485

MSD International GmbH (trading as MSD Ireland (Ballydine))

9,083

Medite Europe Designated Activity Company

9,048

C&D Foods Unlimited Company

8,825

K2 Critical Facilities Management (Ireland) Limited

8,118

Guerbet Ireland Unlimited Company

8,105

St. James's Hospital Board

6,820

Mondelez Ireland Production Limited

5,916

Health Service Executive West

5,900

Genzyme Ireland Limited

5,124

Lagan Brick Limited

4,979

Alexion Pharma International Operations Unlimited Company

4,715

Hovione Limited

4,343

Janssen Sciences Ireland UC

4,093

Novartis Ringaskiddy Limited

4,069

Amazon Data Services Ireland Limited

3,992

Upjohn Manufacturing Ireland Limited

2,955

Smartply Europe Designated Activity Company

2,557

Masonite Ireland Unlimited Company

1,995

Wexford Proteins Limited

1,618

Cushaling Power Limited

939

Runways Information Services Limited

539

Blue City Holdings

417

Prime Aviation JSC

268

Centurion Aviation Services Inc

250

Waspar Limited

193

Google Ireland Limited

164

Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited

140

Johnson & Johnson Aviation

132

Friedkin Aviation Inc

132

Flightstar Corporation

79

Equinix (Ireland) Limited

55

Equinix (Ireland) Enterprises Limited

49

Warner Chilcott

33

Vodafone Group Services Ireland Limited

3

In relation to air travel, while reported by the EPA as a 'memo' item, emissions associated with international aviation emissions are not included in Ireland’s national emissions reported to the UNFCCC, or under Ireland's non-ETS targets under the EU Effort Sharing Decision. Domestic aviation emissions are included in Ireland’s national total for UNFCCC purposes.

Within the EU, CO2 emissions from aviation have been included in the EU ETS since 2013. The legislation applies to emissions from flights from, to and within the European Economic Area (EEA), EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In light of the adoption of a Resolution by the 2016 ICAO Assembly to implement a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from 2020, the EU has decided that the geographic scope of the EU ETS be limited to intra-EEA flights from 2017 onwards.