Energy efficiency improves in Ireland

Energy-related CO2 emissions in Ireland have reduced by 1.4% since 2005, according to the findings of a new report.

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has published the report, entitled Energy in Ireland 1990-2007, which also shows that since 2005 the Irish economy has grown by 12%.

Further findings revealed that Ireland has improved its energy efficiency since 1990, with the primary energy intensity of the economy, the relationship between energy consumed and GDP, falling by 42%.

Apart from transport, reductions were witnessed in all sectors of the economy last year, in relation to energy-related CO2 emissions.

Brian Motherway, head of industry at SEI, said: "[The] report reveals a long-term trend of improving energy efficiency in the Irish economy.

This gain was made over a period of sustained strong economic growth.

"However, while the analysis of 1990 to 2007 charts a period of considerable change, the coming years of lower economic growth and increasing targets will require much greater and more rapid change, in how we source and use energy."

As a means to producing more renewable energy, wind turbines are a cost effective source, especially at times when there is a good wind speed, according to British Eco Energy.



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