Representation in Ireland

Ireland's EU 2030 emissions targets published

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The European Commission has just published its 2030 emissions targets, broken down by Member State. Today's targets are expressed as a percentage reduction from 2005 emission levels. The targets range from 0% to -40%.

20/07/2016

Ireland will have to reduce its emissions by 30%, relative to its 2005 emissions. There are 11 other Member States with higher targets, mostly the wealthier countries of the EU.

Ireland will have 4% one-off flexibility from emissions trading, at the highest end of the ranking. Ireland will have 5.6% flexibility from land use.  This is a substantially larger margin than any other Member State except Latvia.

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "The EU has an ambitious emissions reduction target, one I am convinced we can achieve through the collective efforts of all Member States. The national binding targets we are proposing are fair, flexible and realistic. They set the right incentives to unleash investments in sectors like transport, agriculture, buildings and waste management. With these proposals, we are showing that we have done our homework and that we keep our promises."

While the overall EU target is a reduction of 40% on 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, every Member State negotiates an individual target, and individual one-off flexibility from emissions trading and a margin of flexibility from land use. The negotiations take account of a range of factors and aim to share the burden of emissions reduction as fairly as possible.

Today's package of measures also includes a transport strategy aimed at moving Europe towards low-emission mobility. Financial support is available from existing mechanisms, with €70 billion available for transport under the European Structural and Investment Fund, among other options.

Further information

European Commission press release: Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy