Large Industry

Emissions in the Energy Industries sector showed an increase of 4% between 2014- 2017, accounting for 19% of national emissions. This rise is attributable to an increase in energy demand from fossil fuel based sources for electricity generation which is undoing any impact from increased use of renewable energies. In terms of the renewable energy generated the EPA (2020) projects Ireland reaching approximately 37.6% of electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2020. Renewable electricity generation capacity is dominated by wind energy. In 2030 it is estimated that renewable energy generation increases to approximately 55% to 70% of electricity consumption, depending on the degree of ambition. 

More information can be found in the latest report of the EPA's estimates of greenhouse gas emissions.

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