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Press Statement


27 September 2021

Ireland's UN SDGs - Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure 2021

Industry-related CO2 emissions down slightly in 2019
  • Manufacturing-related CO2 emissions were 6,330 ktCO2 in 2019, down 5% from 6,694 ktCO2 in 2018
  • Manufacturing Gross Value Added (GVA) was €28,213 per person in Ireland in 2020, accounting for around 37.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • The Government allocated a budget of €802 million for Research & Development (GBARD) in 2019
  • Employment in manufacturing in Q1 2021 accounted for 12.2% of all employment
  • Seven in ten people lived within five kms of the main national road network in 2016

Go to release: Ireland's UN SDG's - Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure 2021

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (27 September 2021) published Ireland’s UN SDGs – Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 2021. 

This report is the ninth in a series of CSO publications which monitor how Ireland is progressing towards meeting its targets under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Commenting on the publication, Kevin McCormack, Senior Statistician, said:

“This new report, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, has data on 12 indicators for Ireland, divided over three chapters: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation.

Data are presented in categories such as gender, age group, vulnerable groups and geographical location, where possible. The SDGs and their associated indicators are, by design, wide-ranging in their coverage. As a result, the Irish data is provided by a number of sources including Government Departments, official organisations, and international organisations such as the UN. This publication was developed in collaboration with the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment."

Commenting further on the publication, Kevin McCormack, Senior Statistician, said:

“Manufacturing-related CO2 emissions fell 5% between 2018 and 2019, from 6,694 ktCO2 to 6,330 ktCO2. Over this time period, CO2 emissions for the total economy declined by 4.5% from 39,095 ktCO2 to 37,349 ktCO2.

Gross Value Added (GVA) in the manufacturing sector was €28,213 per person in Ireland in 2020 and accounted for 37.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This was an increase on 2019 figures when manufacturing GVA was €23,189 per person and 32% of GDP.

Government Budget Allocations for Research and Development (GBARD) for 2019 was €802.15 million. The highest Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) since 2009 was €4,373m in 2019, nearly double the 2009 amount of €2,736m.

One in eight (12.2%) workers were employed in the manufacturing sector in Q1 2021.

Around 70% of people lived within five kms of the main national road network (primary or secondary road) in 2016, while 35% lived within two kms.”

Editor's Note:

The CSO, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and Environment Systems Research Institute (Esri-Ireland) established a project team in April 2017 to engage with a combined UN Statistics Division (UNSD)/Esri research exercise, with a goal to develop and deploy a new approach for monitoring the UN SDG Indicators, using geographic information systems.  The result of this exercise is an SDG website (Ireland's SDGs Data Hub,, hosted on OSi's Geohive platform, which is Ireland’s Central Portal for all SDGs and contains indicators data on the 17 UN SDGs for Ireland.  All the indicators in this publication will be loaded onto the Geohive.

The 17 UN SDGs are a set of global development targets adopted by the United Nations (UN) member countries in September 2015 to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.  The UN SDGs are driving the global development agenda towards 2030 (Agenda 2030).  They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.  The CSO has a central role in the identification, management, and presentation of the data needed to meet the requirements of the UN SDG Indicators

Reports currently published in the UN SDG series are:

‘Goal 1 No Poverty’; ‘Goal 2 Zero Hunger’; ‘Goal 3 Good Health and Well-Being’; ‘Goal 4 Quality Education’; ‘Goal 5 Gender Equality’; ‘Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation’; ‘Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy’ and ‘Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth’.

For further information contact:

Kevin McCormack (+353) 21 453 5603 or Mary Smyth (+353) 21 453 5309

or email

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