Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (525)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

525. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount in tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions of air travel in each of the years 2008 to 2017 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47611/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The EPA compiles Ireland's national greenhouse gas emissions inventory on an annual basis. The table below details CO2 emissions data from aviation for 2008 to 2017, based on data supplied by the EPA. All figures are in kilotonnes of CO2 and are based on fuel sales in the State. 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.

The EU will further review the operation of CORSIA early in the next decade to consider the implementation of the CORSIA scheme in light of the objectives of the EU ETS.

Year

Domestic aviation

International Aviation

2008

79.83

2825.10

2009

65.05

2230.10

2010

49.08

2306.51

2011

24.44

2068.83

2012

14.86

1738.08

2013

15.24

2005.42

2014

14.56

2223.80

2015

15.42

2517.25

2016

16.64

2581.59

2017

17.30

3037.56