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Ireland to face ‘repercussions’ over CO2 emissions

Source: www.insideireland.ie

Ireland is set to face 'serious repercussions' over the country’s failure to reduce its carbon emissions quickly enough, according to green cement company Ecocem.

The Irish government agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions to an increase of 13% above 1990 levels.

Ireland will face 'serious repercussions' over the country's failure to reduce carbon emissions, according to green cement company Ecocem.

However as of emissions were seven million tonnes above this target, according to the report.

In July the ESRI published a report stating that the Republic may meet its Kyoto Protocol commitment for 2008-2012 but that its longer term targets for 2020 and beyond 'remain stringent,' due to the recession.

The Kyoto Protocol was initially adopted in 1997 and came into force on the 16 February 2005, with the goal of achieving "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."

“Developments at the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change and long term European targets for greenhouse gas reduction mean that the Republic faces a difficult and long-term challenge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions,” Ecocem said.

Ecocem is calling for reforms that could move the Republic to a low carbon economy by advancing the development of green technology, creating green jobs and reducing costs in the long term.

Ecocem claims to have made the largest single contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the Republic, having produced environmentally friendly cement since 2003, reducing CO2 emissions of over 1.5 million tonnes.

Donal O’Riain, founder and CEO of the company said: “Ecocem makes the largest single reduction in CO2 emissions in Ireland, we have done this with no support, financial or otherwise, from the Irish government.

“This needs to change. Ireland needs to attract and foster the development of Green technology, creating jobs, attracting investment and exporting 'Green' skills, services and products.”

Ecocem’s in-house environmental team, EmissionZero, advises businesses on how to reduce their carbon emissions, and monitors global environmental developments, such as the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, the US Waxman-Markey Climate Change Bill, and the development of the Republic’s own Climate Change Bill.






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