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This chapter looks at data from a new release, “Non-Domestic Building Energy Ratings” and the existing "Domestic Building Energy Ratings" release, both published quarterly by the CSO and based on data from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Building Energy Rating (BER) scheme.

The chapter also contains statistics on aspects of Ireland’s Environmental Economy. The data on Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounts and Environment Taxes are compiled by the CSO in accordance with Eurostat requirements set out in Regulation (EU) No. 691/2011.

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5.1 Domestic building energy ratings by county 2009-20161
 
% of row 
CountyEnergy rating Average age
ABCDEFGTotal
Carlow110402611578,95028
Dublin 01-2411331261477139,04536
Dublin County5153624104444,20928
Kildare3124126104524,09624
Kilkenny0103826125910,73334
Laois112392212699,94728
Longford010352613795,60726
Louth114422394616,72931
Meath212452394519,15525
Offaly063322189118,43433
Westmeath01037251261011,98329
Wexford173828135821,01627
Wicklow2113525136817,36332
Clare083827145817,86731
Cork City1133624135814,16742
Cork County116412194757,52231
Kerry1113726125821,10428
Limerick City154029126710,18435
Limerick County184028125720,02031
Tipperary0635271471121,46838
Waterford City18383112466,46735
Waterford County193829115610,63833
Galway City07353314658,75025
Galway County094025125827,87227
Leitrim083923127114,78030
Mayo1737271261016,90130
Roscommon074123126127,38230
Sligo193426156910,75829
Cavan011432111589,55426
Donegal094324115818,46327
Monaghan112362712586,39034
   
National11137251257627,55431
Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
1Data for 2016 is to June 2016 only.

Dublin County has the highest percentage of "A" rated properties in the country (5%) with Kildare (3%) and both Meath and Wicklow (2%), while Roscommon has the highest percentage of "G" rated dwellings in those dwellings audited in the county (12%).

ABCDEFG
Carlow11040261157
Cavan01143211158
Clare0838271458
Cork City11336241358
Cork County1164121947
Donegal0943241158
Dublin 01-2411331261477
Dublin County51536241044
Galway City0735331465
Galway County0940251258
Kerry11137261258
Kildare31241261045
Kilkenny01038261259
Laois11239221269
Leitrim08392312711
Limerick City1540291267
Limerick County1840281257
Longford01035261379
Louth1144223946
Mayo17372712610
Meath2124523945
Monaghan11236271258
Offaly06332218911
Roscommon07412312612
Sligo1934261569
Tipperary06352714711
Waterford City1838311246
Waterford County1938291156
Westmeath010372512610
Wexford1738281358
Wicklow21135251368
National11137251257
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5.2 Building energy ratings by county (non-domestic) 2009-20161
 
% of row
CountyEnergy rating Total
ABCDEFG
Carlow02140169311466
Dublin 01-2401336231161111,007
Dublin County1143821106102,829
Kildare3173618105111,619
Kilkenny118301910418620
Laois120321811314464
Longford115332015710302
Louth1123121138141,071
Meath117361986131,294
Offaly12233207612448
Westmeath017362110510903
Wexford1123319127141,033
Wicklow1183320116111,095
Clare0113325118121,142
Cork City010332412615359
Cork County114382111693,444
Kerry115352198121,010
Limerick City-7332414913345
Limerick County0123622126121,443
Tipperary1163818107111,014
Waterford City01340181298467
Waterford County118331810515617
Galway City210372114611413
Galway County1143421108121,928
Leitrim1734311179157
Mayo1143420116141,045
Roscommon012312215812358
Sligo09352010818610
Cavan013322014614479
Donegal117332113510987
Monaghan116301714715353
         
National11435211161139,322
Source: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
1Data for 2016 is to June 2016 only.

Four counties had a combined “A” and “B” rating of 20% or higher: Offaly (23%); Carlow and Laois (both 21%); and Kildare (20%). In contrast Limerick City at 7% and Leitrim at 8% had the lowest proportion of combined “A” and “B” ratings.

ABCDEFG
Carlow02140169311
Cavan013322014614
Clare011332511812
Cork City010332412615
Cork County11438211169
Donegal117332113510
Dublin 01-24013362311611
Dublin County114382110610
Galway City210372114611
Galway County114342110812
Kerry11535219812
Kildare317361810511
Kilkenny118301910418
Laois120321811314
Leitrim1734311179
Limerick City7332414913
Limerick County012362212612
Longford115332015710
Louth112312113814
Mayo114342011614
Meath11736198613
Monaghan116301714715
Offaly12233207612
Roscommon012312215812
Sligo09352010818
Tipperary116381810711
Waterford City01340181298
Waterford County118331810515
Westmeath017362110510
Wexford112331912714
Wicklow118332011611
National114352111611
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5.3 Environment taxes by tax type, 2011-2015
 
€million
Tax20112012201320142015
      
Total 4,2044,1594,4304,6384,908
Annual % change2.7%-1.1%6.5%4.7%5.8%
% of total taxes8.7%8.4%8.6%8.2%8.0%
      
Energy taxes2,6942,6212,7042,8042,995
      
Transport taxes1,4491,4721,6621,7771,868
      
Pollution and resource taxes6166645745
Source: CSO

Environment taxes increased from €4.2 billion in 2011 to €4.9 billion in 2015. As a percentage of total taxes, environment taxes decreased from 8.7% in 2011 to 8.0% in 2015.

Energy taxes increased from €2.7 billion in 2011 to €3.0 billion in 2015. The share of energy tax as a percentage of total environment taxes was 64% in 2011. In 2015 the share decreased to 61%.

Transport taxes (mainly vehicle registration and motor taxes) increased from €1.4 billion in 2011 to €1.9 billion in 2015.

Pollution and resource taxes fell from €61 million in 2011 to €45 million in 2015.

X-axis labelPollution and resourceTransportEnergy
20000.0011.4821.491
20010.00113857021.342582590824361.435770410835
20020.02110161561.3876261861.674011932
20030.04315684961.4940011.762912565
20040.04028503861.708092.084215211
20050.04667156781.960783092.212291034
20060.052797464182.185862.232490935
20070.055872543682.515762.250468092
20080.061565020562.002522.249807837
20090.0570783141.522712.26538
20100.0623641341.522042.50832317
20110.0612118691.448822.693945525
20120.0661830481.4720872.620585171
20130.0636777711.6615592.704263339
20140.0571491.7769488492.803892172
20150.044989434921.8680518052.99504257703197
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5.4 Economy-wide material flow accounts 2009-2013
 
million tonnes
Description20092010201120122013
      
Domestic extraction104.286.181.974.381.3
     Biomass37.536.837.536.637.2
     Metallic minerals4.24.34.24.23.8
     Non-metallic minerals59.139.335.931.433.0
     Fossil fuels3.55.74.42.17.3
      
  - Trade exports13.214.715.716.415.7
     Biomass5.55.76.05.96.1
     Metallic minerals2.63.34.03.73.6
     Non-metallic minerals1.41.41.31.82.0
     Fossil fuels2.63.13.33.82.9
     Other Products1.11.21.21.11.1
      
 + Trade imports33.435.834.934.736.6
     Biomass7.88.38.08.99.8
     Metallic minerals4.46.05.95.96.1
     Non-metallic minerals3.73.83.83.43.8
     Fossil fuels15.916.015.715.015.3
     Other Products1.61.71.71.51.7
      
 - Domestic processed output56.056.252.452.652.6
      
 + Balancing input gases69.168.464.365.063.9
 - Balancing output gases61.760.259.360.360.3
      
 = Net material accumulation75.959.353.744.853.2
Source: CSO

The volume of total domestic extraction fell from 104.2 million  tonnes in 2009 to 74.3 million tonnes in 2012 before rising to 81.3 million tonnes in 2013. This was mainly driven by the fall in the domestic extraction of non-metallic minerals from 59.1 million tonnes in 2009 to 31.4 million tonnes in 2012, before rising to 33 million tonnes in 2013.  The remaining components of domestic extraction in 2013 were biomass at 37.2 million tonnes, metallic minerals at 3.8 million tonnes and fossil fuels at 7.3 million tonnes (due to a significant increase in peat extraction in 2013 compared to 2012). Trade imports of materials in 2013 amounted to 36.6 million tonnes compared with 15.7 million tonnes of exports. Fossil fuels (at 15.3 million tonnes) were the largest import category in 2013. Total emissions remained stable at 52.6 million tonnes in 2012 and 2013 after falling from 56 million tonnes in 2009. The trend in total emissions was driven largely by movement in its most important component – emissions to air.

Biomass Metallic minerals Non-metallic minerals Fossil fuels
200937.54.259.13.5
201036.84.339.35.7
201137.54.235.94.4
201236.64.231.42.1
201337.23.8337.3

 

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