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Teagasc Submission to the Public Consultation on the Potential for Domestic Offsetting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Ireland

The EPA has commissioned a Scoping Study to examine whether a Domestic Offsetting scheme for greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland would be economically viable and would provide a cost effective and efficient way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Domestic offsetting is a method of enabling business to participate in a carbon market by receiving credits for the development of projects or schemes which reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Irish sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS). As part of that study, Energy Services along with Ecofys are holding a public consultation and inviting submissions from all parties that may have an interest in or knowledge of Domestic Offsetting.

01 December 2010
Type
Submission
11 Pages
96KB
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Teagasc Greenhouse Gas Research Highlights

The agri-food sector accounts for over half of Ireland’s indigenous exports and represents one-tenth of the Irish economy. Indeed, the wider bio-economy contributes an estimated 30% of total national net exports, and in 2008 accounted for 179,200 jobs. Agriculture also comprises a quarter of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which contribute to climate change. As such, reducing emissions from the sector is often considered as a strategy to meet our emission reduction targets. However, world food security has emerged as a critical global challenge. This sets a significant challenge for Teagasc and its national and international collaborators – namely, reducing emissions while increasing food supply. Delivering this will ensure that the Irish agri-food sector can and will play a key strategic role in our economic recovery, while achieving our legally binding emission reduction targets. In addition, these challenges can provide the opportunities to drive efficiencies that will ultimately reduce costs and drive profitability in the sector.

01 January 2010
Type
Report
28 Pages
2,426KB