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Reduction in emissions to be welcomed, but progress slowing – Stanley

15 December, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD


Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD has welcomed EPA findings that Ireland will meet its targets for reducing CO2 emissions, but expressed his concern that the pace of reduction was slowing. Deputy Stanley said that “the reduction in emissions from residential homes, agriculture and the energy sector is evidence that renewable energies and conservation measures are working”.

The Laois/Offaly TD said:

“I welcome the EPA finding that Ireland will meet its targets for reducing CO2 emissions. However, it is noticeable that the reduction in 2014 was less than in 2013.

“It is significant that transport is the major sector to show an increase in emissions, which underlines the need to tackle the issue of fuel in a situation where traffic volumes are clearly increasing.

“The reduction in emissions from residential homes, agriculture and the energy sector is evidence that renewable energies and conservation measures are working.

“It is also important that the agricultural sector is able to continue to reduce emissions while enhancing the overall food sector and Ireland's role as a key producer of healthy food.” 

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