It’s been a little over a year since the pandemic first hit and threw the world into disarray. One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been the reduction in carbon emissions as a result of reduced travel and output. However, as things begin to return to normal, it seems that carbon emissions are on the rise again. While this is disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising. Let’s take a closer look at why this is happening and what can be done to change the trend.
The main reason for the increase in emissions is due to the lifting of Covid related travel restrictions. This has led to an increase in transport related emissions as people are beginning to travel more for work and leisure. In addition, businesses are also starting to ramp up production again after being shut down for months. While it’s good to see things returning to normal, we can’t forget the importance of reducing our carbon footprint.
There are a few things that can be done to help reduce carbon emissions. First, we need to continue supporting businesses that have switched to renewable energy sources. This includes everything from solar and wind power to electric cars. We also need to encourage people to use public transport instead of private vehicles whenever possible. Finally, we need to raise awareness of the issue and continue working towards a solution.
An SEAI report said that although Ireland is committed to reducing our emissions by 4.8% per annum from 2021 to 2025 under the first carbon budget, energy-related emissions were instead up 5.4% in 2021.
It’s disappointing to see carbon emissions on the rise again after a brief respite during the pandemic. However, we can’t lose sight of our goal of reducing emissions over time. By supporting businesses that use renewable energy, encouraging people to use public transport, and raising awareness of the issue, we can all play a part in making a difference.