TD says calculating biogenic methane at national level is ‘nonsense’

A west of Ireland TD has described as nonsense trying to calculate biogenic methane at national rather than international level.

The former Climate Minister, Denis Naughten has in the past claimed that if we end up reducing dairy and beef production in Ireland, it will be replaced by agricultural production in South America.

Beef production in the Amazon basin in Brazil results in approximately 35 times more carbon emissions going into our atmosphere per kilo than beef produced in the west of Ireland and that’s before the product is transported around the world!

The Roscommon East Galway TD agrees that more must do more in terms of emissions but added that it is pointless just shifting emissions to another part of the globe where the emissions per tonne of food produced are multiples of that emitted by domestic food production.