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Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

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Total national emissions
199056.168547934227
199559.8727468703352
200069.3249552166342
0
200570.3963261440832
200669.795167244157
200769.0831959001757
200868.4510017320378
200962.8593798059974
201062.2990120650796
201158.1946676181812
201258.6852118354955
201358.5467272589839
201458.2536714019417
  • In 2014 Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions were 58.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent down from a peak of 71.4 million tonnes in 2001.
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Show Table: 2.2 EU: Greenhouse gas emissions 2013

  • In 2013 Ireland ranked eight best  out of 28 EU Member States  in terms of  total greenhouse gas emissions relative to the the base year of 2005.  Estonia had the highest level of greenhouse gas emissions relative to 2005 at 118, while Spain had the lowest at 74.
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Tonnes of CO2 equivalent per capita
Latvia5.39262535051203
Romania5.54089110759531
Croatia5.74659208754288
Hungary5.79570397943323
Sweden5.83662144396133
Portugal6.20479325019078
Malta6.61765124690292
Lithuania6.71155370040429
Spain6.8910186186451
Italy7.32622663896378
France7.47689763814525
Bulgaria7.66994868044047
Slovakia8.07253444754193
Slovenia8.82340912590264
EU8.83648478727348
United Kingdom8.95181365012669
Austria9.41794823861257
Greece9.55236165569224
Cyprus9.6147609709451
Denmark9.74253689518562
Poland10.3748087193877
Belgium10.6995126702684
Germany11.5906616751713
Finland11.6072754692838
Netherlands11.6693676687282
Czech Republic12.0903783475377
Ireland12.7975640627154
Estonia16.4683518990679
Luxembourg20.7474503713883
  • Ireland had the third highest emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent per capita in the EU in 2013, behind Luxembourg and Estonia. At 12.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per capita in 2013, Ireland’s emissions were 45% higher than the EU average of 8.8 tonnes.
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Show Table: 2.4 Ireland: Greenhouse gas emissions by gas 1990-2014

  • The share of carbon dioxide (CO2) in total greenhouse gas emissions increased from 58% in 1990 to 69% in 2007 and 2008 before falling to 63% in 2014.
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Show Table: 2.5 Ireland: Greenhouse gas emissions by sector 1990-2014

EnergyResidentialIndustry and CommercialAgriculture and ForestryTransportWaste
199020.358275115354913.39480582263117.045981494900937.12801577325869.142978973453252.92994282040142
199522.636584010445410.776275338445916.516667377599136.295092724570610.47506960852023.30031094041871
200023.43306219180499.3221842506396918.559867197025330.595300253959315.562902370742.5266837358308
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200522.526749809774710.330020276368817.348941064883128.617717419178818.63917886369982.5373925660949
200621.639895684024410.254985073210217.267424308875528.365561607677419.77429448070452.69783884550813
200721.169442770080510.029205396776517.715744716838628.17924856738620.82721460235532.07914394656315
200821.519326054231310.988251349476217.31903043401128.294453247725319.9571321985471.92180671600925
200920.896634934682311.878971319267615.240506890819630.330780306677619.79158809171711.86151845683569
201021.48633163130112.521820972128814.994654154233730.608451133491618.5032092543051.88553285453996
201120.572781115008811.358004260825814.878362658436831.706422479131819.27933058068712.20509890590972
201221.709061306258110.620052418668315.0955937438831.946791560101418.46470140621352.16379956487862
201319.340858228962410.923527031358215.068397908715533.310199256378118.90372933205792.4532882425279
201419.06353604373249.864346512754915.761090845973833.113144909216319.47800580218412.71987588613852
  • Agriculture and Forestry was the sector with the largest greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland in 2014 with 33% of the total.
  • The Transport share of greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland increased from 9% in 1990 to a peak of 21% in 2007. In 2014 it stood at 19% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
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Average annual temperature
19619.2
19628.5
19638.2
19649.3
19658.5
19669.1
19679
19689.1
19698.8
19709.1
19719.6
19728.7
19739.4
19748.9
19759.6
19769.3
19779.1
19789.2
19798.4
19809
19819.2
19829.3
19839.6
19849.3
19858.6
19868.2
19878.9
19889.4
19899.8
19909.8
19919.4
19929.4
19939.2
19949.5
199510.1
19969.2
199710.3
199810.1
199910
20009.7
20019.5
200210
200310.1
200410
200510.2
200610.3
200710.4
20089.7
20099.6
20108.6
201110
20129.7
20139.8
201410.2
20159.7
  • Average annual temperatures in Ireland varied between 8.2o and 10.4o Celsius since 1961. The warmest year was 2007 with an average temperature of 10.4o Celsius. In 2015 the average temperature was 9.7o Celsius.
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Annual rainfall (mm)
19411025
19421165.2
19431193.9
19441173.5
19451132.8
19461307.7
19471303.7
19481315.2
19491137.8
19501311.9
19511270
1952991.5
19531019.2
19541383.7
19551045.7
19561157.8
19571175.6
19581333.1
19591145.7
19601408
19611157.6
19621110.3
19631114.7
19641168.9
19651290.5
19661309.2
19671199
19681202
1969995.3
19701182.1
1971911.8
19721129
19731094.3
19741253.2
1975991
19761065.2
19771241.6
19781160.5
19791265.1
19801293.9
19811226.5
19821338.1
19831189.9
19841151.7
19851245.7
19861372.9
19871081.7
19881322.7
19891166.7
19901290.4
19911158.5
19921227.9
19931266.8
19941395.2
19951225.8
19961185.2
19971236.7
19981400.6
19991336.5
20001345.8
20011002.4
20021459.2
20031034.9
20041182.5
20051147
20061303.3
20071183.6
20081415.1
20091506
20101054.4
20111274.2
20121312.4
20131195.1
20141394.1
20151503.6
  • The wettest year in the period 1941 to 2015 was 2009, when 1,506 millimetres (mm) of rain were recorded. The driest year in this period was 1971, when 912 mm of rain were recorded.

 

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