Green Party NI Deputy Leader Mal O’Hara has said that we still have a long way to go to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) after the publication of the Northern Ireland statistics today, 7th June 2022.

Cllr O’Hara said, “The numbers may show that the figure for Carbon Dioxide, in 2020, represents a decrease of 4.2% compared with 2019, and the longer-term trend showed a decrease of 23.9% compared with emissions in 1990, we are not pulling our weight, for Northern Ireland or within the UK as a whole.

"We know that Northern Ireland’s emissions accounted for 5.2% of UK GHGs in 2020, yet our population size equates to 3%, and the figure of 23.9% is way behind other jurisdictions - 52.6% in England, 51.0% in Scotland and 40.0% in Wales.

"What this latest update shows is the need for the implementation of the Climate Change Act, serious changes in our energy supply, how we use our land and how we travel."