National Emissions Inventories

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol provide the basis for international action to address climate change. Parties to the convention and its Kyoto Protocol are committed to developing and publishing the national emission inventories of greenhouse gases (GHGs) which is a key element of assessing progress towards meeting commitments and targets.

The EPA compiles Ireland's national greenhouse gas emission inventory on an annual basis. This inventory is submitted to the European Commission and UNFCCC each year by January 15th and April 15th respectively.

Emissions data for the following gases is reported on an annual basis:

  • Carbon Dioxide CO2
  • Methane CH4
  • Nitrous oxide N2O
  • Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6)
  • Perflurocarbons (PFCs)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • Nitrogen Triflouride (NF3)

Emissions are classified into the ten following sectors:

  • Energy Industries
  • Industrial Processes
  • Agriculture
  • Transport
  • Commercial Services
  • Public Services
  • F Gases
  • Waste
  • Manufacturing combustion
  • Residential

The latest greenhouse gas inventory covers the time period 1990-2015.


Graph of GHG emissions 1990-2015


Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions 1990 - 2015

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions for the period 1990-2015 are published at the link below.  These estimates were submitted to the UN on April 15th 2017 as required under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

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Greenhouse gas emissions summary document 1990-2015 (pdf document)

Further reading on our desktop site on International Climate Change Processes


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