Effort Sharing Legislation

This is an EU law which sets binding yearly emission reductions for Member States from 2021 to 2030. It is part of the EU’s implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Ireland must reduce its emissions not under the EU Emissions Trading System by almost a third (30%) on 2005 levels. It must do this by 2030. These emissions include greenhouse gas emissions from homes, cars, small businesses and agriculture.

You can find out more at www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/effort_en


Related Terms



Carbon budgets

Cap and trade system

Carbon credits

Carbon neutral

Carbon tax

Circular economy


Climate change

Climate Action Delivery Board

Climate Action Fund

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021

Climate Change Advisory Council

Climate neutral economy

Climate resilience


Effort Sharing Regulation

Effort Sharing Legislation

Effort Sharing Decision

Electricity interconnector

Emissions projections

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

European Green Deal

Green economy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions / GHGs

Global warming potential (GWP)

LULUCF / Land use, land-use change and forestry

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


National Energy and Climate Plan

National Retrofit Plan

Net zero emissions

NZEB ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’

Paris Agreement

Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)

Renewable energy

Sectoral Adaptation Plans

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)