Ireland’s transport-related greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 3.7% in 2016 and 13% in the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency said today.
Private car use accounts for the majority of land transport emissions.
“This is driven by economic and employment growth and shows no sign of abatement in the short term. The increased use of diesel more than offset a decline in gasoline and biofuel use in 2016,” a press release from the agency said.
Agriculture emissions also increased by 2.7% and energy industry emissions increased by 6.1% — with these sectors and transport making up a large part of the national overall 3.5% increase in 2016.
Stephen Treacy, senior manager in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability said: “These figures confirm that greenhouse gas emissions keep step with economic growth unless appropriate interventions are designed and implemented. The National Mitigation Plan outlines what is needed to move Ireland to a low carbon economy. What we need now is to back this up with investment and action particularly across the highest emitting sectors, agriculture, transport and energy.”