The most recent projections from the EPA indicate that Ireland could miss emission reduction targets by as much as 11%. However, agriculture can play a significant role in achieving further emission reductions and delivering renewable energy obligations. This can only happen with the introduction of a clear bioenergy and renewable’s strategy from Government.
This must include improved REFIT tariffs, the development of end-use markets for renewable crops and the co-ordination of activity between state agencies to ensure renewable energy obligations are delivered, emissions are reduced and job creation is supported in rural areas.
The greenhouse gasses attributed to the agricultural sector should be more accurately reported by fully recognizing the mitigation potential of carbon sinks from forestry, bioenergy, grasslands and aquaculture. These sinks are an important in significantly reducing emissions from the sector.
IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman