Report finds that dairy cows are significant drivers of increased emissions


The EPA said that most significant drivers are higher dairy cow numbers.

Report finds that dairy cows are significant drivers of increased emissions

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The EPA said that most significant drivers are higher dairy cow numbers.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released figures on Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, showing that emission have significantly in 2016, following a substantial increase in 2015.

The figures show that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.5 % overall, with major increases across three main sectors.

Agriculture emissions increased by 2.7%, while transport emissions hiked by 3.7% and energy industry emissions jumped by 6.1%.

Dairy cows

In the report, the EPA said that most significant drivers are higher dairy cow numbers (+6.2%) which reflects national plans to expand milk production. Dairy cow numbers have increased by 22% in the last four years while greenhouse gas emissions increased by 8% over that time period.

Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, said: “In relation to agriculture, 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 very significant risks in relation to meeting our de-carbonisation objectives.”

The provisional figures were published in Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and can be found here.

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