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Ireland ‘doomed’ to face emissions fines

April 15, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From The Times (with obligatory fake images of black steam):


Ireland is unlikely to avoid having to pay multimillion-euro fines for missing emissions targets, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned.

Emissions from the agriculture and transport sectors are increasing at a rapid pace, the watchdog said yesterday. It forecasted that by 2020 the country would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by only 4 to 6 per cent from 2005 levels, despite a 20 per cent target it is legally bound to achieve.

Environmentalists and opposition parties condemned the government yesterday for failing to act and said that the country was “doomed” to face hundreds of millions of euros in sanctions.


If I was the Irish Govt, I would tell the EU where to stick their fines!

  1. Tom Roche permalink
    April 15, 2017 10:18 am

    It is ridiculous, here in Ireland we export between 80% and 90% of all the meat and milk produced, with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. We qualify for the carbon fines while the food is eaten elsewhere. I have to assume as a farmer that if a country is not self sufficient in quality food or indeed quantity of food, it should be left to suffer from food shortages.

  2. April 15, 2017 10:21 am

    Brexit allows some hope of a bit of sanity and the UK won’t have to pay the ridiculous fines. But I’m not holding my breath:

  3. Graeme No.3 permalink
    April 15, 2017 10:48 am

    Ireland’s problem is that they tried to used Closed Cycle Gas Turbines (which are the lowest emission of reliable generation methods) but added wind turbines. The result is lower efficiency output from the CCGTs (and higher emissions as efficiencies drop from 62% to 32%) as wind turbines deliver little reductions, indeed in Ireland’s case higher figures, and stuff up the CCGT’s running.
    What they need is a gas turbine that can run on wood pellets, as emissions which would be higher, would not count under EU rules. One firm in Russia is selling 800,000 tonnes of wood pellets into Europe, so ramping up production for Ireland shouldn’t be a problem.
    Alternatively they should set up anearobic digesters and feed horse and pig manure, and spent wort from whiskey producers, into them. With luck nobody in the EU knows what the output could be so they can claim to be carbon neutral. Any doubts would be dispelled by having Juncker breakfast (and lunch) at Jamiesons on an ‘inspection tour’.

  4. April 15, 2017 10:49 am

    Actually, if one thinks about it for more than 10 seconds, it’s more in Ireland’s economic interest to pay the fines and do nothing further – too much has already been spent on renewables, resulting in soaring electricity bills!

  5. April 15, 2017 11:01 am

    Cheaper still NOT to pay the fines based on class action human rights legislation. That would get the lawyers licking their lips.

  6. Paul permalink
    April 15, 2017 11:04 am

    It’s amazing. The EU pommels Ireland with austerity measures and then to add insult to injury steps up with these environmental fines.
    Don’t work with them, just dominate them seems to be the ethos here.

  7. Al Shelton permalink
    April 15, 2017 11:41 am

    Why do the people of Ireland put up with the lie that “carbon” emissions are harmful?

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      April 15, 2017 5:19 pm

      Thought it was CO2 a colourless odourless gas … Carbon is a black compound

  8. Robert Christopher permalink
    April 15, 2017 11:44 am

    Ireland should consider themselves lucky: they don’t (yet) have to pay other countries to take away their farm produce, as is done for German generated electricity, which is supported by generous subsidies.

  9. April 15, 2017 5:39 pm

    I have a solution for them. Build some more peat-fired power stations. Peat is renewable, just like trees are. It does not matter that burning peat emits lots of CO2, it is the renewable energy target that matters. The Green Blob would love it as it would be even more damaging to the environment than burning trees.

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