Effort Sharing Decision

Ireland’s Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) greenhouse gas emissions for 2013-2015 are in compliance with the European Union’s Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) targets. However, Ireland is not in compliance for 2016, 2017 and 2018 exceeding the annual limits by 0.30 Mt CO2 eq, 2.94 Mt CO2 eq and 5.57 Mt CO2 eq respectively. Ireland’s annual limit for 2019 is 38.73 Mt CO2eq. Ireland’s final 2019 greenhouse gas ESD emissions are 45.58 Mt CO2eq, 6.85 Mt CO2eq more than the annual limit for 2019.

This Decision sets 2020 targets for ESD sector emissions and annual binding limits for the period 2013-2020. Ireland’s target is to reduce ESD emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. Further information about Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions is available on our website.

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