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Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland


Company Background 

Emissions of GHG from agriculture account for a large share of Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions and a larger share of emissions from the so-called non-emissions traded sector (non-ETS). On behalf of the Irish State, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to provide the European Commission with projections of GHG emissions inventories to a medium term horizon. These emissions inventories must contain detailed information on the source and nature of future agricultural GHG inventories, including emissions from agriculture.

Sectoral Challenge 

The challenge was to source accurate and reliable data, that could provide medium term projections of Irish agricultural activity and the associated GHG emission inventories to the European Commission as required under the EU effort sharing Agreement.

Teagasc Solution 

Using a Teagasc developed FAPRI-Ireland model research economists in the Teagasc’s Agricultural Economics and Farm Survey’s Department were able to provide medium term projections of agricultural activity levels to the EPA. These projections enabled the EPA to generate of projections of agricultural and other GHG emissions inventories for the period to 2030.

Engagement Type 

This was a collaboration researcher project was jointly funded by EPA and Teagasc.

Impact for the company 

The findings of the study have enabled the EPA and the Irish State to fulfil their reporting requirements under this EU effort sharing agreement.