Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Commercial & Public Services

Commercial Services was responsible for 1.5% and Public Services was responsible for 1.5% of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions in 2019

 

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Highlights

 

  • Emissions from Commercial Services and Public Services increased by 1.8% and 1.2% respectively.
  • Emissions have remained relatively stable over the last 5 years
  • Increases have been reported in 7 out of the last 8 years.
 
  • Increases of 2.1% in natural gas use in both sectors in 2019.
  • There was a decrease in renewables use of 13.7% in public services
  • Efficiency has grown over the timeseries as a result of less coal and oil use and an increase in the use of natural gas.
  • Emissions projected to decrease with full implementation of the Climate Action Plant 2019.

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Commercial and public services

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 1.8% and 1.2% respectively in 2019 compared to 2018 emissions, due to a increase in natural gas use. The national commercial vacancy rate stood at 13.3% in Q4 2019, 0.1% higher than 13.2% in Q4 2018

The latest projections figures (July 2020) show that under the With Existing Measures scenario, emissions from the Commercial and Public Services sector are projected to increase by 0.4% between 2021 and 2030 to 2.2 Mt CO2eq. Under the With Additional Measures scenario emissions are projected to decrease by 36.7% between 2021 and 2030 to 1.3 Mt CO2eq.

*The Projections for 2020 -2030 in this graph pre-date the methodological changes made to the 1990-2019 Inventory. Care should therefore be taken in comparing historic and future emissions levels.

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Commercial and Public Services sector emissions and projections 1990-2030*

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