Commercial/Public services sectors were responsible for 1.9% and 1.6% respectively, of total GHG emissions in 2018.
The Commercial/Public services sector estimates emissions from fuel combustion for space and hot water heating in commercial and institutional buildings in Ireland. Emissions from Commercial Services and Public Services increased by 5.3% and 8.2% respectively in 2018 compared to 2017 emissions, due to a colder winter with a higher heating demand. The national commercial vacancy rate has fallen slightly from 13.3% in Q4 2017 to 13.2% in Q4 2018
At the time of publication in June 2019 the emissions projections figures under the With Existing Measures scenario, which had the baseline inventory as 1990-2017, project emissions from the Commercial and Public Services sector to decrease by 42% between 2018 and 2030 to 1.1 Mt CO2eq. Under the With Additional Measures scenario emissions are projected to decrease by 51% between 2018 and 2030 to 0.9 Mt CO2eq.