Ireland will fall short of 2020 EU renewable energy targets.
The forecast is contained in a report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, which predicts that 13% of the country’s energy will be derived from renewable sources next year – however that’s 3% short of EU targets.
Ireland’s over-reliance on non-renewable heating has been blamed as a major contributory factor.
The report which is published every year gives us an idea of how Ireland is progressing, as it seeks to achieve 2030 and 2050 emissions targets.
What it finds is that those targets are still achievable, but only if radical reductions are delivered.
Reductions similar in scale to the 1.8% drop in Carbon emission last year.
This, they say, would have to be repeated year on year.
However, last year’s reduction was largely due to a 3 month outage at the coal burning Moneypoint power station in Co Clare, which is now back up and running.
Meanwhile, leaked figures from the Department of Climate Action and Environment suggest that Ireland is currently on course to fall 80% short of its 2030 targets
Separately today, the European Climate Foundation has assessed Ireland’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan and given us a score of 38/100.
The best performing country, Spain, got 52.