Environmental subsidies of €642 million paid in 2015

In 2015, €642 million was paid in environmental subsidies and similar transfers to Irish corporations, households and public bodies, as well as to international environmental organisations under Irish government commitments.

This was 4% higher than the amount paid in 2014 but 47% lower than the €1.2 billion provided in 2008.

Environmental protection activities were subsidised to a value of €375 million, or 58% of the total, while €268 million, or 42%, was used to support resource management activities.

Figure 1 shows the trend in the total amount of environmental transfers allocated to environmental protection and to resource management during the period 2000-2015. The amount directed towards environmental protection has decreased while there has been an increase in transfers for resource management activities.

The table shows the most subsidised activities during the years 2011-2015.

Domain 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total transfers1 799.3 622.3 536.6 619.9 642.4
of which
Wastewater management 286.4 176.2 146.9 172.1 184.0
Protection of biodiversity and landscape 285.6 264.5 217.5 212.4 133.1
Production of energy from renewable resources 40.8 53.4 55.5 89.7 170.9
Heat/Energy saving and management 113.5 68.1 56.9 90.2 90.0
Other 72.9 60.0 59.7 55.5 64.3
1Due to rounding, totals may not correspond with the sum of the categories.

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