Data released this week by DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) shows that greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation in Northern Ireland have reduced significantly in a 11-year period from 2004-2015. Greenhouse gases per unit of electricity generated fell by 24%, due to growth in renewables, reduced coal use and energy efficiency measures.
Overall, the population of Northern Ireland increased by 16% in this period, while greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 18%. Road transport emissions by vehicle kilometre also fell by 8% and the number of plug-in vehicles registered reached nearly 1,500 by 2017.
While the reduction in greenhouse gases intensity is welcome overall, some sectors are clearly performing much better than others, with the successes in electricity generation demonstrating the capability of this sector.
The full set of statistics can be found here: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/northern-ireland-carbon-intensity-indicators-2017