Natural Resources: Ireland

November 2018

Although direct contribution to the economy by natural resources is marginal, Ireland is a prominent producer of agricultural goods. It is also home to one of the top ten zinc extracting mines in the world. However, energy needs are primarily provided by imports, with most electricity generated by fossil fuels. Yet, agriculture accounts for the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. If not mitigated, Ireland is projected to miss the EU’s 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

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Chart 1 SWOT Analysis: Ireland


Fodder shortages threaten beef and dairy producers
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 2 Agricultural Landscape in Ireland


Country still hugely dependent on fossil fuels
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 3 Case Study on Energy: Ireland Chart 4 Energy Landscape in Ireland


Positive outlook for Zinc and Gold
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 5 Case Study on Mining of Metals and Minerals: Ireland Chart 6 Mining Landscape in Ireland


Infrastructure needs major structural repairs
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 7 Water Landscape in Ireland


Ireland is projected to miss greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
Risks: Opportunities: Chart 8 Pollution in Ireland

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