The Irish Cement factory outside Drogheda is Ireland’s second highest carbon polluter, emitting 983,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases last year.

The Platin facility is only behind Dublin Airport, which produced one million tonnes in 2021, according to the report presented by Climate Trace during COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Another installation in the northeast, that of Mannok Cement plant in County Cavan was the third largest polluter in the country, with 955 tonnes.

The independent data comes mainly from measurements collected by 300 European, American and Chinese satellites, from more than 11,000 land, air and sea sensors, as well as from the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

According to RTE’s news site, “these three facilities individually released more climate pollution into the atmosphere than traffic on Dublin’s road network in 2021, which according to a new databank was fourth and origin of 773,000 tonnes of emissions”. .

The fifth, sixth and seventh sources of Irish greenhouse gas emissions were the Limerick Cement plant, the Whitegate oil refinery in Cork and the Corrib gas field respectively.

These were followed in ranking by Kinnegad Cement Works, Co Westmeath and Shannon Airport.

The Climate Trace website was launched by former US Vice President Al Gore at this week’s Cop27 climate summit in Egypt.


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