Ireland fourth worst country in fighting carbon emissions
Ireland has fallen well behind its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, according to new figures released by the European Commission.
They indicate Ireland will be almost 16% off the target set for reducing its carbon emissions by 2010.
The Kyoto agreement stated that Ireland has to reduce carbon emissions to 13% by 2010.
Only three other EU member states - Spain, Portugal and Greece - are ranked lower on the table.
The Commission said countries that are falling behind their targets urgently need to undertake new measures to address the problem.