A report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which names 183 Irish businesses as among the State's leading polluters, is to be published by the European Union today.
The EPA refused to name the Irish facilities in advance of their publication on the European Pollutant Emission Register, but The
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Inclusion on the register does not mean that the companies or installations are in breach of their pollution control licences, but that they are among the largest sources of pollution in the State. The EU requires these to be monitored and the results published on the internet.
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The EPA's director of environmental enforcement, Dara Lynott, said the figures revealed a number of positive trends, with decreases in the emission of several pollutants from industrial and waste facilities.
He said the register indicates sulphur dioxide fell by 43 per cent between 2001 and 2004, nitrogen dioxide fell by 8 per cent and methane levels fell by 30 per cent.
While Ireland's national carbon dioxide emissions in 2004 were three per cent down on the 2001 levels, reaching 45,266 tonnes in 2004, carbon dioxide emissions from large/complex industry reporting for this register dropped by more than 14 per cent between 2001 and 2004. Carbon dioxide emissions from industries reporting to the register represent 45 per cent of the national total.
The report also noted a move towards more environmentally friendly energy.
The register will be available at www.eper.cec.eu.int/eper