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Publication of a new Strategy for Renewable Energy in Ireland

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

In Ireland, the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D, has launched a “Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012-2020” and confirmed his determination that 2020 renewables targets will be met.  In doing so he noted that meeting them will be “good for the environment and good for jobs”.  Minister Rabbitte also underlined the imperative to develop the bioenergy sector to meet Ireland’s domestic renewables targets for electricity, heat and transport.

In the publication the government set out five Strategic Goals reflecting the key dimensions of the renewable energy challenge to 2020 including Strategic Goal 2: A sustainable bioenergy sector supporting renewable heat, transport and power generation.
Key challenges for the bioenergy heat sector relate to balancing the supply and demand challenges inherent in the bioenergy sector and providing market certainty where possible and also to tackling the barriers to developing renewable heat demand including CHP and District heating systems.

Key actions for bioenergy outlined in the strategy include:

• Work to finalise and publish the National Bioenergy Strategy during 2012 which will set out an approach to developing and utilising the resources and to addressing the supply and demand side issues to optimise the sector’s contribution to meeting the electricity, heat and transport targets and to job creation, economic growth and regional development
• Work on policies and measures related to bioenergy development, and the impact of proposed actions and regulation on bioenergy development.
• Liaise with Northern Ireland agencies to develop an all-island approach to
developing bioenergy resources.
• Liaise with regional and local energy authorities to ensure consistency of
implementation at local level.
• Oversee implementation of REFIT 3 for biomass technologies to encourage more biomass electricity and biomass heat.
• Implement the sustainability criteria required to underpin the national Biofuels Obligation and consult with all stakeholders this year on the optimum timing and quantum for increasing the biofuels obligation

To access the Renewable Energy Strategy please click here.

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