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I-SEM Chart of the Week

2018

Danger Zone: Ireland’s emissions pathway

Conall Bolger Head of Ireland

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) released the terms and conditions for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) on 7 August. DCCAE has recently been active in the environmental space, announcing the following since the beginning of June: €500 million Climate Action Fund; Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation; Cabinet approval of the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS); Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation; and €453,000 of department funding for Local Environmental Initiatives. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) also announced a domestic solar grant. These announcements followed an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forecast in May that Ireland would barely make a dent in its overall emissions by 2020 on 2005 levels. Earlier in the year, the Climate Action Network (CAN) ranked Ireland second worst among European Union nations for action on fighting climate change. In this week’s I-SEM Chart of the Week, we consider Ireland’s performance against a range of relevant energy and climate oriented indicators. Highway to the… The bar chart below (Figure 1) shows Ireland’s progress against a selected set of energy metrics and targets including: renewable electricity (RES-E), Renewable Energy Directive (RED), renewable heat (RES-H), renewable transport (RES-T), System Non-Synchronous Penetration (SNSP) and electric vehicle (EV) deployment. The navy blue reflects the proportion of the target that has been achieved. The green represents the remainder. The line graph (Figure 2) shows EPA forecast power generation emissions 2017-2035 compared against 2016 emissions for two scenarios: with existing measures and ...

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