Ireland locked in trend of rising carbon emissions, says EPA

Strong economic growth and increasing fossil fuel consumption cited for increase

The EPA has highlighted the need for a decisive move away from fossil fuels. Photograph: iStock

The EPA has highlighted the need for a decisive move away from fossil fuels. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions are set to increase up to 2020, driven by strong economic growth, according to the latest Environmental Protection Agency projections.

Increasing fossil fuel consumption, under pinned by relatively low fuel prices, and an expanding agriculture sector in particular are the big elements leading to increased emissions, which contribute to global warming.

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