Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (239)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

239. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of passengers carried by each form of transport (details supplied); the amount in tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions produced by each of the forms of transport in each of the years from 2008 to the most recent year for which figures are available in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49224/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated by my Department and will be forwarded to the Deputy within 10 working days.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
The following table, as far as possible, presents the data requested by the Deputy. The emission data (kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum) has been provided by the Environmental Protection Agency; it is important to note that the data presented for 2018 is provisional.
I would advise the Deputy that the ‘road transportation’ category is defined by the EPA as private cars, light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles (trucks and buses) and mopeds/motorcycles, as such, it is not possible to estimate the number of passengers carried per annum in this sector. Instead, the figures presented are the total number of relevant vehicles under taxation at the end of each year between 2008 and 2018. According to the Central Statistics Office’s National Travel Survey (2016) 64.4% of all car journeys made by respondents were solo occupancy journeys, 21.5% were two person journeys, just over 14% were in groups of three persons or more, and less than 2% were in groups of five or more persons.
The domestic aviation figures presented were sourced from directly national and regional airports. Data on passenger numbers per annum in the domestic navigation sector, which as defined by the EPA, may include any Irish port to port shipping, ferry transit and inland water navigation is not collected by this Department. The annual passenger numbers for public and commercial bus services has also been included for the Deputy in a separate table; this data was provided by the National Transport Authority (NTA). Finally, I am given to understand that the EPA categorisation of “other transportation” refers to emissions from pipeline gas transport and consequently passenger numbers do not apply to this subset.
The Government recognises the need to deepen and intensify our national carbon reduction efforts; the Climate Action Plan set out a series of wide-ranging and significant actions to tackle carbon emissions across the economy, including substantial actions for transport. Emission reductions and energy efficiencies are being strongly pursued by my Department through a number of key channels, namely, modal shift towards public transport and measures to make public transport more climate friendly; a transition of the private car fleet to alternative fuels; and a reduction in emissions from the heavy duty vehicle and freight sector. These actions will collectively set Ireland’s transport sector on the pathway towards decarbonisation.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Road transportation

Vehicles Under Taxation

2,354,656

2,324,545

2,274,571

2,280,378

2,262,208

2,298,909

2,331,790

2,386,496

2,441,112

2,489,280

2,536,491

Kilotonnes CO2 Equivalent

13086.66

11898.62

10985.73

10735.97

10366.24

105959.66

10841.78

11315.48

11751.17

11493.91

11655.86*

Railways

Passenger Numbers (millions)

44.70

38.80

38.23

37.38

36.74

36.74

37.80

39.66

42.82

45.51

47.96

Kilotonnes CO2 Equivalent

156.54

137.36

136.31

136.52

131.93

131.38

120.53

122.83

125.10

129.14

130.49*

Domestic aviation

Passenger Numbers (millions)

1.67

1.27

0.73

0.24

0.12

0.14

0.13

0.15

0.18

0.18

0.2

Kilotonnes CO2 Equivalent

80.53

65.62

49.51

24.65

14.99

15.37

14.69

15.55

16.78

17.46

16.78*

Domestic navigation

Passenger Numbers

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Kilotonnes CO2 Equivalent

204.73

199.52

200.12

173.73

183.60

179.59

224.81

221.73

266.46

235.28

260.23*

Other transportation

Passenger Numbers

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kilotonnes CO2 Equivalent

145.56

150.36

163.40

151.88

139.52

145.61

145.79

137.17

135.13

126.77

139.74*

* Provisional emission figures provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. These figures may be subject to revision.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

PSO Passenger Journeys (millions)

207.84

185.24

175.13

174.37

172.96

173.38

180.32

186.41

193.31

206.90

220.99

Commercial Passenger Journeys (millions)

-

-

-

-

-

20.10

20.75

22.73

25.25

25.78

27.51