On 6 March, Bioenergy Europe organised a breakfast round table at the European Parliament on Slashing Emissions from Residential Wood Heating. Around the table, several Parliament and Commission representatives along with industry experts attended to discuss the way ahead for the implementation of measures to drastically reduce emissions from residential wood heating appliances. MEPs Julie…Details
Kerry County Council – Wood Chip – Kerry County Council Wood Chip Supply Publication date: 07-03-2019 Response deadline: 28-03-2019 17:00 Irish time Description: Tenders are invited for the supply of wood chip for a three year period to the Moyderwell district heating system located in Tralee, Co. Kerry Tenders must be submitted via the electronic postbox…Details
Jean-Marc Jossart and Seth Ginther write this week in Euractiv and recall how in June 2018, the European Commission, Parliament and Council reached a deal cementing Europe’s position as a world leader in the fight against climate change for the next decade by formulating the Energy Directive (RED II). Jean-Marc Jossart is the secretary general…Details
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) released its 2019 Renewable Energy In Ireland report which can be view here, discussing Ireland’s progress with its 2020 renewables targets. According to the report, only 10.6% of energy consumed in Ireland was sourced from renewables in 2017. This makes Ireland 22nd of the EU-28 for its overall…Details
The need for the government to immediately open the main support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and to progress with a feed in tariff for biogas were the top priorities for delegates attending the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) conference held at Croke Park
The theme of the conference sponsored by CPL Industries and DWF is ‘Mobilising Bioenergy with Policy and Action’. The conference brings together delegates from across the main bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels and energy crops who gather to discuss the actions needed to mobilise the bioenergy industry with a particular focus on technology, investment and the climate change agenda as we transition to more renewables and sustainable energy sources.
The potential for the bioenergy sector in Ireland is huge and swift government action on bioenergy policy can accelerate economic growth, sustain thousands of jobs especially in rural areas, improve environmental quality, drastically cut CO2 emissions, assist in meeting our international renewable energy commitments and avoiding EU fines.
Speaking in his opening address Seán Finan CEO of IrBEA stated “Our immediate priority is the roll out of the full SSRH scheme. The industry has had many promised and expected launch dates of SSRH which have come and gone. The industry eagerly awaits the launch of this scheme. We call on Minister Bruton to clarify today the timelines for the scheme launch. The industry demand certainty on the scheme timelines as they are currently organising staffing and work plans for the remainder of the year”
Opening the conference, Chair of the joint Oireachtas Committee on Communication, Climate Action and Environment Hildegarde Naughton T.D. updated all attendees on the work of her committee and the role bioenergy can play in addressing the climate change challenges facing Ireland.Details
Eight organisations representing renewable energy in Ireland united today to call on Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD to set a target to supply 70 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2030.
In June 2018 the European Union agreed that 32 per cent of the EU’s energy – across electricity, heat and transport – will come from renewables by 2030. Ireland’s share of that target will be negotiated with the EU in the coming months.
A comprehensive report from leading energy and utilities experts Baringa says it is technically possible and cost neutral to the consumer for Ireland to use renewable energy to supply 70 per cent of our electricity by 2030, which would go a long way towards reaching the EU target. A summary of the report can be found here.
It follows confirmation from the Climate Change Advisory Council in July that Ireland will miss its overall 2020 target for renewable energy, warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency highlighting the failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and comes as the International Panel on Climate Change meets in Korea.
In September the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action began meeting to respond to the calls from the Citizens’ Assembly earlier this year for Ireland to become a leader in tackling climate change.
Currently, approximately 30 per cent of Irish electricity comes from renewables and while Ireland will fall short of its overall 2020 target it is expected to still reach its 40 per cent electricity target.
Retailers could face restrictions on selling wet wood as a fuel for household heating, under plans announced by UK government this week (17 August) to tackle particulate air pollution. This is among the measures set out in a call for evidence, outlining further plans for legislation on the burning of solid fuels like wood and coal,…Details
Several hundred farmers attended the annual farm energy open day, where according to journalist Thomas Hubertdiscussions swung between progress on Government support and continuing hurdles to renewable projects. Farmers and renewable energy professionals showed both eagerness for the imminent launch of support schemes and frustration at delays, the scheme itself has be promised for years and now…Details
At the publication of its Annual Review 2018, the Climate Change Advisory Council chairman Prof John FitzGerald said the policies being pursued to try to reverse Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions were inadequate. Ireland cannot meet targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and is completely off the course if it wants to achieve other carbon…Details
Ireland has a commitment under The National Action Renewable Plan to achieve 12% of heat use from renewable sources. There is a need for policy makers to create incentives if these targets are to be achieved. The use of biomass in local space heaters will greatly assist in reaching this target. The area of air…Details