Note: These pages present provisional 1990-2023 Inventory data (updated July 2024) and the EPA's latest 2023-2030 projections estimates (updated May 2024) 

In 2023 the waste sector was responsible for 1.5% of Ireland's Greenhouse Gas emissions


Waste sector

The waste sector includes emission estimates from solid waste disposal, composting, waste incineration (excluding waste to energy), open burning of waste and wastewater treatment and discharge. The largest of these sources is solid waste disposal on land (landfills) where methane (CH4) is the gas concerned.

Emissions from the waste sector decreased by 4.0% in 2023, with decreases in sub category landfills of 6.3%. 

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Projected emissions

(Latest update May 2024)

Waste sector emissions are projected to decrease by 23% between 2022 and 2030 to 0.7 Mt CO2eq under the With Existing Measures scenario.

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