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Environmental Accounts Air Emissions

2015

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector
'000 tonnes CO2 equivalent 
NACE Sector20112012201320142015 2014-2015 % change
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing18,67018,98719,75719,62519,947 1.6
Industry19,03319,95218,77319,23820,302 5.5
Services6,2406,0306,0266,2226,395 2.8
Households13,63013,15913,37012,67713,236 4.4
       
Total57,56758,12457,92257,75859,878 3.7

Greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.7% in 2015

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  • Total greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.7% to 59.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from 2014 to 2015
  • Greenhouse gas emissions by industry showed an annual increase of 5.5% in 2015 while household emissions increased by 4.4%
  • Emissions of the air pollutant sulphur dioxide decreased by 9.0% from 2014 to 2015 but emissions of nitrogen oxides rose by 3.6% (see Table 13)

 

NACE Sector Distribution 2015

In 2015 greenhouse gas emissions by the industry sector constituted 33.9% of total greenhouse gas emissions while emissions by the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector were 33.3% of the total.

The household sector was the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases at 22.1% of the total and the remaining 10.7% of emissions originated with the services sector (see Figure 1 and Table 1).

NACE Sector Trends 2006-2015

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Emissions from agriculture, forestry and fishing increased by 1.6% from 2014 to 2015. Data for 2006 to 2015 are shown in Table 1 and the trend can be seen in Figure 2. During this period there was an overall reduction in agriculture, forestry and fishing emissions of 1.1%. From 2006 to 2011 emissions from this sector generally fell, reaching a low in 2011 of 18.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Emissions increased from 2012 onwards and in 2015 reached 19.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Industry

Greenhouse gas emissions by the industry sector increased by 5.5% on the previous year in 2015. However industry emissions fell by 23.0% from 2006 to 2015,  largely as a result of a reduction in emissions from the electricity and gas supply industry (see Table 1). Emissions from industry were at their lowest in 2013 at 18.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, while 20.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent were released into the atmosphere as a result of industrial activity in 2015.

Services

Emissions by the services sector increased by 2.8% on 2014 emissions to 6.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. The services sector was the source of between 10% and 12% of total greenhouse gas emissions for each of the ten years from 2006 to 2015. There was a 20.2% decrease in emissions from this sector over the ten-year period.

Households

Household emissions of greenhouse gases rose by 4.4% from 2014 to 2015 when 13.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent were emitted due to household activities such as transport and heating. Emissions from households fell by 10.3% from 2006 to 2015. The trend in emissions from the household sector can also be seen in Figure 2.