Thursday, 7 November 2019

Questions (182)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

182. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the criteria required for the installation of an anaerobic digester; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45901/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The installation of an anaerobic digester must comply with relevant planning and permitting legislation. This can vary by the type of installation and feedstock that is planned to be used. For instance, an anaerobic digester may require a waste permit or licence from a Local Authority or the Environmental Protection Agency. Approval from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine may also be required if the digester is to use feedstock that includes animal by-products.

My Department, via the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, provides financial support for new anaerobic digestion heating systems through the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. Full details of the scheme, including Terms & Conditions and how to apply, are available on the website of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at the following link: https://www.seai.ie/sustainable-solutions/support-scheme-renewable-/.