Ireland Hopes to Lead the Way in Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse gas initiatives take place at the Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture conference in Dublin

TEAGASC, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development authority at the University College of Dublin, is organizing a conference to focus on the increasing greenhouse gas emissions of animals. The conference is to start where they left off at their last meeting in 2010, and plan on how they can lessen some of these harmful gases.  

A consensus in European energy backed a new 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target, as reported by UPI in April. Pat Rabbitte, the Irish Energy Minister, said the EU commissioner's call for a 40 percent reduction of GHG levels by 2030 (starting in 1990) requires immediate action.

Teagasc reported Dr. Tommy Boland, a Doctor of Food Science from University College of Dublin said, “Leading researchers will deal with topics such as methane emissions from ruminants, emissions from manure, how to assess emissions from farm systems, and how solutions can be put into practice,” regarding the conference goals earlier this month.


As of April, the percentage reduction was roughly estimated to be 20 percent by 2020, with expectations of 40 percent by 2030, and the EU has to find inventions to be backed in able to achieve this very necessary goal.