Revamping Ireland’s gas network over the next three decades could reduce emissions by a third, an energy company has said. Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) yesterday published plans to make the gas system carbon neutral by 2050 through renewable energy and new technologies. The country faces large fines for failing to meet climate change targets agreed with the European Union. Ireland is well behind its target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent between 2005 and 2020, with the true figure expected to be 1 per cent. Ministers expect fines of about €150 million and fear worse if they fail to cut emissions by 80 per cent between 1990 and 2050. GNI said that the carbon capture and storage (CCS) would account for half of their reduction, with the rest coming from use of biomethane and from hydrogen, although its technology is unproven.
Times 3rd Oct 2019 read more »