Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (185, 186)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

185. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the changes in the attribution of flights to Ireland that had previously been reported to another country in the scheme as mentioned on page 27 of the SEAI 2018 Report, Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in Ireland 2005-2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48289/19]

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David Cullinane

Ceist:

186. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the increase in aviation emissions by carbon tonne that occurred as a result of the changes in the attribution of flights to Ireland that had previously been reported to another country in the scheme as mentioned on page 27 of the SEAI 2018 Report, Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in Ireland 2005-2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48290/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 186 together.

I refer to the reply to Question No 525 of 19 November 2019.

The SEAI report referred to notes that emissions attributed to aviation in the EU ETS recorded in Ireland increased by 23% between 2015 and 2016, and indicates that this was mainly due to increased traffic but also due to some changes in the attribution of flights to Ireland that had previously been reported to another country in the EU ETS.

I am advised by the EPA that the most significant change to the aircraft operators assigned to Ireland occurred in 2015 when a new commercial operator (Norwegian Airlines Ireland) received an Irish Air Operator Certificate and was therefore attributed to Ireland. Emissions attributed to this operator in 2015 were 114,468 tonnes CO2 and in 2016 were 960,025 tonnes CO2.