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Having almost a million electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030 “will help achieve a projected decrease in emissions from the sector of 38 per cent over the period to 2030”, the EPA said. Photograph: David Parry/PA Wire

“Full and early implementation” of the 2019 climate action plan is needed if greenhouse gas reduction targets of 3 per cent per year up to 2030 are to(...)

Animal manures produce about 99 per cent of ammonia emissions in agriculture. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish agriculture must immediately address a growing ammonia emissions problem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned in its latest ana(...)

The State will face substantial recurring penalties from next year for non-compliance on emissions – likely to run to hundreds of millions of euro. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Ireland exceeded its annual greenhouse gas emissions allocation by more than five million tonnes last year, with the latest figures showing the State (...)

Agriculture is by far the most common source of ammonia emissions, which arise from decomposition of animal manures and the application of fertiliser. File photograph: Reuters

Ammonia emissions in Ireland increased by 2 per cent in 2017, while levels of the noxious pollutant are projected to continue to increase up to 2030, (...)

General waste is rising rapidly, at 580kg per head per year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish households and business are all too often putting the wrong waste in the wrong bin, including almost half of organic household waste, according (...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton welcomed the overall decrease, but highlighted Ireland was “far off course to achieve the emissions targets that we have committed to”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show Ireland’s carbon emissions decreased slightly in 2017, marking the first time since(...)

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 Prote(...)

EPA figures show Ireland’s level of sulphur dioxide (SO2) continues to be well below EU emission limits. The main sources of SO2 are power generation, industrial activity and residential activity, including solid fuel burning. File photograph: Getty Images

Emissions of three of the five most noxious air pollutants, which are a threat to public health and/or the environment, increased in Ireland during 20(...)

In 2016, 174,000 tonnes of brown bin waste were accepted at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities for treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The amount of waste generated and recycled through brown bins from Irish households increased by 22 per cent during 2016, according to the Environment(...)

The State could face European Union fines of more than €450 million in 2020 for missing legally binding targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, (...)