Paris Agreement Commitments
Ireland’s contribution to the Paris Agreement will be via the Nationally Determined Contribution tabled by the EU on behalf of its Member States. This is a binding EU target of an overall EU reduction of at least 40% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The target will be delivered collectively by the EU with reductions in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and non-ETS sectors amounting to 43% and 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 respectively.
As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission proposed in September 2020 to raise the 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target to at least 55% compared to 1990. The Commission will come forward with the proposals by June 2021 to update climate legislation to align to this new target.
EU 2030 Climate & Energy Framework
The current EU targets are for:
- At least 40% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels)
- At least 32% share for renewable energy
- At least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency
The 40% greenhouse gas target is implemented through the:
- EU Emissions Trading System
- Effort Sharing Regulation with Member States' emissions reduction targets
- Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation
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