Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell slower last year despite Covid 19 restrictions being in place.
They fell by 3.6% last year, compared to 4% in 2019 according to figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency.
It’s come as somewhat of a surprise given that the country was in and out of lockdown so people weren’t out and about as much.
But the research shows while transport emissions dropped by 15. 7%, home heating emissions increased by 9%.
Another area that saw an increase was the agriculture sector with emissions up 1.4% as this wasn’t hit as hard by restrictions.
The EPA now says Ireland will need to implement effective policies quickly - if it's to reach its 2030 emissions target.