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Explainer: Has Ireland broken the link between economic growth and emissions?

Something strange is happening with economic activity thriving while emissions fall, the Business Post has examined the main sectors to see if the descent will continue

While global emissions continue to grow, early indications are that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2023, for the second year in a row.

That would be remarkable given the increase in economic activity in recent years and raises an important question.

Have Ireland’s emissions finally decoupled from economic activity and entered their final descent?

While Irish emissions in fact reached their highest level in 2005, at 71 million tonnes of carbon, they have since ...