ZERO EMISSIONS DAY: 21ST OF SEPTEMBER
What is Zero Emissions Day? As the world grapples with the pressing issue of climate change, businesses and individuals are increasingly taking steps towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious future. A significant event in this journey is Zero Emissions Day, observed on September 21st. In this blog, we delve into the importance of Zero Emissions Day and how Southern Scientific Services does its part in creating a cleaner, greener world.
Understanding Zero Emissions Day:
Zero Emissions Day is a global initiative that encourages individuals, communities, and organisations to take a break from activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions for a full day. The goal is to raise awareness about the impact of our actions on the environment and promote a sustainable lifestyle. By refraining from activities that release carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere, we collectively contribute to mitigating climate change.
Ireland is currently on a legally binding route to have net-zero emissions by the year 2050 and a reduction in emissions by 51% by 2050.
Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 5.2% in 2021. With the exception of declining emissions in the residential, garbage, commercial, and public services sectors, most of the major sectors are showing an increase in emissions. 38% of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 were attributable to agriculture.
However, 2022 saw a 1.9% decrease in greenhouse gases.
Why is Zero Emissions Day important?
- Climate Change Mitigation: The more we reduce emissions, the slower the pace of climate change. Zero Emissions Day is a reminder that our actions, no matter how small, can contribute to a more stable and sustainable future.
- Individual Empowerment: Zero Emissions Day empowers individuals to recognize their agency in combating climate change. By making conscious choices for a single day, we can cultivate habits that have a lasting impact.
- Collective Responsibility: Businesses like Southern Scientific Services exemplify the importance of corporate responsibility in environmental conservation. Their commitment sets an inspiring example for other companies to follow suit.
How is Ireland contributing to a greener future?
- Renewable Energy Transition: Ireland has been making strides in transitioning to renewable energy sources. The country has set ambitious targets to generate a significant portion of its energy from renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. These efforts contribute to reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector
- Carbon Pricing: Ireland has implemented a carbon pricing mechanism through a carbon tax. This tax incentivises individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions by imposing a cost on the carbon content of fuels. It encourages the adoption of cleaner energy alternatives.
- Sustainable Agriculture: Agriculture is a significant contributor to Ireland’s emissions. Efforts are being made to promote sustainable agricultural practices, such as reduced tillage, afforestation, and improved livestock management. These practices can mitigate emissions from the agricultural sector.
What role does Southern Scientific play in helping Ireland achieve its goal?
- Environmental Consulting: Southern Scientific Services can offer expert environmental consulting services to businesses, industries, and government entities. By conducting thorough assessments, they can identify areas of high emissions and provide tailored strategies for reducing carbon footprints.
- Emission Monitoring and Reporting: Southern Scientific Services can assist companies in monitoring their emissions accurately and in real-time. This data can be used for emissions reporting, helping businesses understand their environmental impact and make informed decisions to reduce emissions.
Our Environmental Consultancy Department is distinguished from other companies due to our access to a skilled and experienced in-house laboratory team with research capability.
For more information or enquiries, contact Michael Murphy [email protected]