Climate & Environment

Emission targets lowered due to use of Moneypoint power station

Cuts for electricity sector drop from 81 per cent to 75 per cent due to increased use of the coal-powered station, along with reduced ambitions for building industry emissions

Moneypoint power station in Clare was being wound down for a planned closure in 2025, but has been running at high capacity due to a power supply crisis

The cranking up of the coal-fired Moneypoint power station in order to meet growing energy demands led to a fall in the emission reduction target for the electricity sector, the Business Post can reveal.

The government announced sectoral emission reduction targets running to 2030 for every sector of the economy last week. In the electricity sector, the target has been reduced from the maximum proposed cut of 81 per cent to 75 per cent.

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