Climate emergency in Ireland
With increasing CO2 emissions, climate change is occurring at an exceptional pace. However, we can all play a role in reducing our impact on the climate and the development of renewable energy is the foundation upon which effective climate action can be delivered.
While we are still relying on costly and polluting fossil fuels to generate some of our electricity, people are now moving towards a low-carbon solution.
Climate Action Plan
In 2022, 8% of our electricity came from renewable sources and in the most recent Climate Action Plan 2023, the country has a target to increase that to 80% by 2030.
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Wind energy helping to reach 2030 goal
Wind energy has the potential to produce more electricity every year than Ireland needs.
Just with the onshore wind farms we already have, wind energy in Ireland provides 34% of the electricity we use. Every time you switch on the TV or boil the kettle, a portion of that power is coming from wind turbines.
And that’s without all the energy we’re yet to harness from the wind that blows offshore. We have some of the best offshore wind resources in the world and over the rest of the decade, we need to build and connect a new generation of offshore wind farms to power Ireland.
As we harness more of that boundless wind energy and push fossil fuels off the electricity grid, the renewable electricity we generate will help other sectors reduce their emissions as well.
Electricity from wind energy will reduce our reliance on fossil-fuelled transport, as buses and trains are electrified and hundreds of thousands of new electric vehicles hit our roads.
Wind energy will power the heat pumps we employ in our homes and industries, replacing boilers and heaters that run on fossil fuels.
Across the economy, hitting our climate targets will mean replacing fossil fuel technologies with electric alternatives. And as electricity powers more and more of our daily life, we will need to build more wind farms.