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Ireland faces €600m fine for missing EU energy targets

November 28, 2017

By Paul Homewood


What a crazy world we live in!


Ireland’s failure to tackle climate change was laid bare yesterday in a report that showed greenhouse gas emissions had risen by 7 per cent since 2015 despite policies aimed at reducing them.

The country is likely to face multimillion-euro fines for failing to meet EU 2020 targets or will have to spend similar amounts buying credits from member states who overachieve on their targets.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that comprehensive action must be taken after its latest report showed that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.5 per cent last year on top of a similar rise in 2015. The increases, caused by the growing economy, have undone all the progress made since 2009. The EPA found increases across three main sectors: agriculture, which contributed 2.7 per cent more emissions, transport, which emitted 3.7 per cent more, and the energy industry, which was responsible for a 6.1 per cent rise.

Eimear Cotter, of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, said that not enough had been done to make the sectors more efficient so that when the economy began to grow, emissions would not rise significantly.

She said: “We need to adopt a greater sense of urgency about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while radically improving energy efficiency. Ireland must optimise agricultural production to ensure long-term environmental integrity and sustainability. The growth in this sector, particularly for dairy and other cattle, points to significant risks in relation to meeting our decarbonisation objectives.”

A report compiled by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in 2014 estimated that missing the EU greenhouse gas emissions targets could cost Ireland €90 million. There will also be a cost if Ireland does not meet its 2020 renewable energy target. The 2014 report estimated this could be between €140 million and €600 million. Since then government efforts have been undone by the failure to separate greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. Transport emissions increased by 13 per cent in the past four years as the economy and employment grew and showed no sign of falling in the short term. The 3.7 per cent increase in energy emissions was also due to economic growth and less favourable weather conditions for renewable energy.

Stephen Treacy, of the EPA, said: “These figures confirm that greenhouse gas emissions keep step with economic growth unless appropriate interventions are implemented.”

Ireland was ranked last among EU countries for its performance on tackling climate change. The 2018 Climate Change Performance Index, based on analysis by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute, two European think tanks, placed Ireland 49th out of 59 countries. It represented a drop of 28 places from last year. The index found a “chasm” between rhetoric and action on the issue in Ireland, adding: “Ireland is one of the few EU countries to miss its 2020 emission reduction targets.”

  1. Silver Dynamite permalink
    November 28, 2017 2:43 pm

    Irexit is their only hope.

    • Curious George permalink
      November 28, 2017 3:34 pm

      Or simply an Ire.

      How do Irish emissions compare to German ones?

  2. Patsy Lacey permalink
    November 28, 2017 2:47 pm

    they could pay the bill if Apple stumps up the 11 billion euros the EU says was granted by Eire in “illegal aid” under its tax regime – not even remotely likely!

  3. tom0mason permalink
    November 28, 2017 2:49 pm

    The EU/UN says —
    “Just give us your fekking money NOW!”, or they threaten to send in ‘UN Peace-Keeping’ Geldorf clones.

  4. November 28, 2017 3:12 pm

    It’s all those new wind turbines and the burning of “renewable ” peat.

  5. November 28, 2017 3:47 pm

    It’s the data centres – including Apple of course.

    Data centres will consume 20 per cent of Ireland’s power generation capacity by 2025, according to the country’s main grid operator, Eirgrid.

  6. Rollo permalink
    November 28, 2017 3:53 pm

    Yet more of the joys of EU membership! Well done Ireland, -better start saving up.

  7. Joe Public permalink
    November 28, 2017 4:16 pm

    Amazing that EU has temerity to impose a fine for not reaching energy targets, when EU currently imposes a tariff of up to 64% on (Chinese) solar panels, so deterring their installation.

    • JerryC permalink
      November 28, 2017 4:31 pm

      Would installing solar panels actually reduce CO2 emissions in Ireland? I hear it’s not terribly sunny there.

      • Joe Public permalink
        November 28, 2017 5:11 pm

        It’s the principle that counts!


  8. Ian Magness permalink
    November 28, 2017 4:40 pm

    Windsor Davies had an appropriate comment that just about sums it up:

  9. Bitter&twisted permalink
    November 28, 2017 5:04 pm

    Welcome to the EUSSR!
    I hope the Irish tell the commissariat exactly where to stuff their fine.

    • Dung permalink
      November 28, 2017 6:37 pm

      You beat me to it hehe 🙂

    • HotScot permalink
      November 28, 2017 10:21 pm


      Try this letter from Theresa (well almost) to the EU on their payoff.


      Utterly brilliant insight from Matt as usual.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        November 29, 2017 1:49 pm

        There are a lot of morons out there talking through their rear ends about the financial settlement with the EU. A lot of them work in the legacy media. If we don’t meet out legitimate commitments we can hardly expect the EU to help us out when our economy is trashed can we? You get a lot more sense about Brexit from reading foreign media in the light of the ignorance of our own.

      • HotScot permalink
        November 29, 2017 2:07 pm

        Gerry, England

        Your don’t seriously believe the EU will bale the UK out of anything post Brexit do you?

        And of course our economy will be trashed, because everyone is sitting about on their hands waiting for Brexit to happen so they can close the doors to their businesses.

        Sure there will be tough times ahead but, frankly, it will be worth it to escape the clutches of an organisation that has Germany, Italy and Spain in deep political poo.

        Post Brexit, the UK will only have one economy to worry about, ours. We won’t be saddled with propping up the basket cases of Europe that make up the majority of the EU. We won’t be wasting intellectual resources sorting out Greece, and the next victim of the EU, nor helping to prop up their failing currency.

        The EU are trying to screw us now, it won’t all of a sudden change it’s spots and become a benevolent cousin. Their big worry is that if the UK does even moderately well in the 10 years or so following Brexit, there will be a queue at the door of Brussels with section 50 forms in their hands.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        December 5, 2017 7:45 pm

        ” If we don’t meet out legitimate commitments we can hardly expect the EU to help us out when our economy is trashed can we?”

        First of all, no-one is suggesting we won’t meet our legislative commitments.

        The debate is over the “Divorce Payment” which is an entirely separate issue, is purely a demand for money with menaces, has no basis on anything in Article 50 and has been ruled by legal authorities on both sides and also the House of Lords to be not only unnecessary but possibly illegal.

        As to the chances of getting “the EU to help us out when our economy is trashed”, firstly our economy is highly unlikely to get trashed, and going by the way they’ve “helped out” Greece, I really can’t see we would want that help under any circumstances at all.

  10. Pat Swords permalink
    November 28, 2017 5:10 pm

    Mark Twain and others have pointed out the folly of reading newspapers. On the other hand quite a bit of attention was actually given in the Irish media to the Wind Aware report recently launched on the Cost of Wind. I think many people will find in interesting, not least as to how profoundly silly this bogey man of fines actually is, given that so much of this Green agenda is a legal house of cards. A copy of the cost of wind report can be found below:

    Click to access he-cost-of-wind.pdf

  11. November 28, 2017 5:35 pm

    This came up recently in connection with frantic tree planting in Ireland, many eedjits thinking they are “saving the planet”, but the real reason is to try to avoid the fines, but many environmentalists and farmers are not so sure of the benefits:

    “Vast blankets of alien conifers were planted on our peatlands, often releasing much more greenhouse gas than they sequestered, through disturbance of this carbon-rich soil”

  12. MrGrimNasty permalink
    November 28, 2017 6:38 pm

    Fields of potato batteries, it’s the obvious solution.

  13. L. Douglas permalink
    November 28, 2017 7:04 pm

    “The increases, caused by the growing economy, have undone all the progress made since 2009.”

    So we can see what the “progress” in so called ‘progressives’ is about. Time to stop using that Orwellian term. They are regressives – except for themselves of course.

    But great story. It ought to wake up the Irish or anyone else reading it to this scam.

  14. Chris, Leeds permalink
    November 28, 2017 8:35 pm

    punished for making their economy successful!

  15. Simon Aked permalink
    November 28, 2017 8:38 pm

    The sensible thing for the Republic of Ireland to do would be to leave the EU and join the United Kingdom. Historically, culturally and from a trade and security perspective it would be a much better situation for us all. Not going to happen of course.

    • HotScot permalink
      November 28, 2017 10:31 pm

      Simon Aked

      Which is a big shame. The ROI is a wonderful country thanks to it’s people. Any rupture in our trade and security with them from Europe would be a violation of, now, a friendly rivalry. I fear that’s the button that’ll be pushed hard.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        November 29, 2017 1:52 pm

        Except the cause of the disruption is the UK government not the EU. Don’t fall for the media lies and ignorance or the drivel from the likes of Redwood or Rees Mogg. Theresa May and Nick Timothy decided the UK should leave the single Market and there lies the root of all the problems.

  16. November 28, 2017 9:55 pm

    #1 If your aim is to reduce long term CO2, using gimmicks like wind/solar, then in the short term your CO2 output will increase cos their CO2 is pre-loaded into their construction phase with all the concrete, transmission networks and roads.
    … How does the EU calculations account for this ?

    #2 Governments are rewarded for economic failure
    Greece gov screws up and collapses its economy ..meets targets
    Eire goes the other way

    #3 Every EU country probably fiddles the figures anyway

  17. November 28, 2017 10:07 pm

    Some links
    #1 Irish EPA report :,63280,en.html
    #2 News story
    two week old one
    New article

    Note the photos
    CO2 is illustrated by showing a car exhaust
    ..Whereas the Times uses a dirty backlit smoke stack
    Neither are really showing the COLOURLESS CO2
    … So dirty PR tricks, not truthseeking from the media.

    • HotScot permalink
      November 28, 2017 10:32 pm



  18. Knutsfordian permalink
    November 28, 2017 11:29 pm

    This should read “Ireland’s failure to tackle CO2 emissions”. There is no proof that increases in CO2 causes climate change.

  19. Gerry, England permalink
    November 29, 2017 1:59 pm

    What happened to the warmists recent claim that their dipshit green ideas don’t affect GPD and that the like between GDP growth and increasing CO2 has been broken? This suggests that was yet another inaccurate statement (or lie).

    How many EU countries have undershot their emissions target and have spare to sell?

    I think we can help tame the Irish economy with Brexit and a nice hard border with border controls. The inspection required for agricultural products is more than any other and requires going through BIPs only, of which there aren’t any along the border.

    What crap produces an estimate from 140m to 600m? Sounds like pure guesswork – so well connected with all things global warming I suppose.

  20. November 29, 2017 2:10 pm

    I hope Ireland tells the EU to take a long hike off a short pier.

    We did with the Paris Climate Accord and it feels SO good. I also look forward to the day when Donald Trump tells the UN to take a similar trek. We could turn that building into apartments full of people who pay rent instead of people who suck blood.

  21. November 29, 2017 4:23 pm

    I cannot understand how buying “credits” reduces CO2 emissions

  22. ARW permalink
    November 29, 2017 9:32 pm

    stupid question – who would they pay the fine to if they don’t buy some carbon “credits”

  23. A C Osborn permalink
    November 30, 2017 12:14 pm

    How can they possibly be worse than the EU CO2 reduction leader Germany, not only are they not going to meet their 2020 target they are actually increasing their CO2 output?

  24. December 4, 2017 9:00 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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