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Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions fall

Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen. Picture by John Giles/PA Wire

NORTHERN Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen, according to new statistics.

Figures released by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) reveal that the north's emissions in 2017 were estimated to be 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

This is down three per cent on the figure for 2016.

There has been decrease of 18 per cent compared to the base year in 1990.

The largest sectors in terms of emissions were agriculture (27 per cent), transport (23 per cent) and energy supply (17 per cent).

Most sectors showed a decreasing trend since 1990.

The largest decreases were in the energy supply, waste management and residential sectors.

The department report found that "these were driven by improvements in energy efficiency, fuel switching from coal to natural gas, which became available in the late 1990s, and the introduction of methane capture and oxidation systems in landfill management".

Northern Ireland accounted for four per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.

In total, the UK reduced emissions by 42 per cent between the base year and 2017.

England and Scotland reduced emissions by 45 per cent and 48 per cent, while emissions in Wales fell by 25 per cent.

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