Ireland seeks to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation

19 Nov 2013

Ireland’s Communications and Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD, has launched a public consultation on reducing emissions from the electricity sector by 2050.

According to his department, emissions from electricity generation amount to nearly 21pc of Ireland’s total national emissions, or some 11.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide.

A scoping report, which sets out the process through which a decarbonised electricity system will be planned, has been published to guide the public consultation process.

“Over the coming months, my department will be evaluating options that can lower emissions from electricity generation while maintaining economic competitiveness and ensuring that everyone can afford to heat and power their homes,” Rabbitte said.

“I encourage interested parties to participate in this consultation and let us know your views on what is achievable in Ireland,” he added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years