Commercial & public services

In 2020 commercial services & public services were each responsible for 1.6% share of Ireland's provisional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

 

Highlights

Current trends

  • Emissions from Commercial Services decreased 0.3% and Public Services emissions increased by 1.0%
  • Emissions have remained relatively stable over the last six years (2015-2020)
  • Increases reported in seven out of the last eight years (2012-2019)

Cause

  • Increases of 1.7% in natural gas use in both sectors in 2020
  • Efficiency has grown over the timeseries as a result of less coal and oil and an increase in the use of natural gas

Outlook

  • Emissions projected to decrease with the full implementation of the Climate Action Plan 2019

 

Commercial and public services sectors

The commercial/public services sectors estimates emissions from fuel combustion for space and hot water heating in commercial and public/institutional buildings in Ireland. Emissions from commercial services decreased 0.3% and public services emissions increased by 1.0% in 2020 compared to 2019 emissions due to an increase in natural gas use.

Under the With Existing Measures scenario, emissions from the commercial and public services sector are projected to increase by 5.3% between 2021 and 2030 to 1.9 Mt CO2 eq. Under the With Additional Measures scenario emissions from the commercial and public services sector are projected to decrease by 31.8% between 2021 and 2030 to 1.2 Mt CO2 eq. This scenario assumes full implementation of the Climate Action Plan.

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