Thursday, 7 November 2019

Questions (217)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

217. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the criteria required for installation of an anaerobic digester; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45900/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

There are no specific criteria for anaerobic digesters under the planning code and it is a matter for planning authorities to assess applications in line with the Planning and Development Acts. I am aware that the Irish Bioenergy Association has published a guidance document entitled "Planning Guidance Recommendations for Bioenergy Projects in Ireland" on the steps to be followed and the factors to be taken into account in the progression of bioenergy projects, including anaerobic digesters, under the planning code. This guidance document is available to view online on the website of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at the following link - https://www.seai.ie/publications/IrBEA-Bioenergy-Planning-Report-RDD-00112-2017.pdf.