Manufacturing and Industry

Manufacturing Combustion sector was responsible for 7.8% of Ireland's total GHG emissions in 2018

This section shows emissions from Manufacturing Combustion of fuels in industry. It also includes combustion for combined heat and power for own use in these industries. Emissions from the combustion of fuels in Manufacturing increased by 3.9% or 0.18 Mt CO2eq in 2018 compared to 2017 emissions. There were increases in combustion emissions for all sub sectors including cement which increased again by 5.8% in 2018. Increased emissions from companies within the ETS were evident in the chemicals, food and drink and cement sectors, with emissions increasing by 1.0%, 0.9% and 5.8% respectively.

At the time of publication in June 2019 the emissions projections show that under the With Existing Measures scenario, which had the baseline inventory as 1990-2017, emissions from manufacturing combustion are projected to decrease by 23% to 3.5 Mt CO2eq between 2018 and 2030.

Under the With Additional Measures scenario, emissions from manufacturing combustion are projected to decrease by 26% to 3.4 Mt Mt CO2eq between 2018 and 2030.

The Industrial Processes sector was responsible for 3.8% of Ireland's total GHG emissions in 2018

The Industrial Processes  sector estimates greenhouse gas emissions occurring from industrial processes, from the use of greenhouse gases in products, and from non-energy uses of fossil fuel carbon. Emissions from the Industrial Processes sector continue to increase, up 2.0% (0.05 Mt CO2eq) in 2018 when compared to 2017. Total process emissions from the mineral products subsector (including cement) increased by 3.5% in 2018 compared to 2017 emissions.

In 2018, total emissions (combustion1 and process) from the cement sector increased by 4.7% and amount to 2.91 Mt CO2eq, or 4.8% of national total emissions. Cement sector emissions have now increased by 91.2% since 2011.

Industrial Processes and Product Use is the only sector for which emissions of HFCs, PFCs, SF6 and NF3 (collectively known as fluorinated gases) are reported in air emission inventories. There is no production of fluorinated gases in Ireland, but these substances are used in activities such as Ireland’s electronics industry and for refrigeration and air conditioning.

At the time of publication in June 2019 the emissions projections from Industrial Processes are projected to increase by 35% under the With Existing Measures scenario (this is the only scenario for Industrial Processes) to 3.0 Mt Mt CO2eq between 2018 and 2030. The majority of emissions come from cement and lime industries and projections are largely underpinned by projected GDP growth.

1 Included in Manufacturing Combustion sector

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Manufacturing Combustion emissions and projections 1990-2030

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Industrial Processes sector emissions and projections (WEM) 1990-2030

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