Energy Union Factsheet for Ireland released
A National factsheet on the State of the Energy Union has been published by the EU Commission for each member state. The factsheet for Ireland has the following interesting observations:
- According to EurObserv’ER, in 2013, the share of direct and indirect renewable energy related employment in total employment of the economy in Ireland was at about 0.25%, below the EU average of 0.53%.
- According to its 2015 projections, Ireland is not on track to reach its 2020 [greenhouse gas emission reduction] target, with a 10% gap as compared to 2005.
- With a share of 8% of renewable energy in 2013, Ireland is close to its 2013/14 interim targets as set out in the Renewable Energy Directive. However, the existing policy, market and budget framework appears to be insufficient to enable the step-wise achievement of the 2020 objective (16%).
- In Ireland the Agriculture sector is the largest in terms of share of total [greenhouse gas] emissions, with a value that is nearly three times the EU average. As a result, Irish emissions per capita are among the highest in the EU.
While the factsheet understandably does not point it out, these problems can all be solved by a fuller utilisation of the Irish renewable energy resource. In particular, Ireland can very quickly deploy at least 3,000 MW of offshore wind for export to its EU neighbours.