Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (556)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

556. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the percentage of biofuel in petrol, diesel and other carbon oils; the targets regarding these percentages; the reason other countries have much higher targets; and the steps the EU is taking with regard to vehicle manufacturers supporting the movement towards high percentage biofuel blends. [52690/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme is the primary method by which the use of biofuels is supported in Ireland. The scheme's annual report for 2018, which is available at www.nora.ie, sets out that diesel supplied to the road transport sector had 4.5% biofuel by volume and petrol had 5% biofuel by volume. The obligation on fuel suppliers increased from January 2019 and will further increase from January 2020 which will lead to increased levels of biofuel use in Ireland. Following these increases, Ireland is expected to achieve over 9% renewable energy use in the transport sector and therefore over 90% compliance with the 10% target set out under the Renewable Energy Directive.

In September 2019, my Department published a public consultation on the development of the Biofuels Obligation Scheme for the period 2021 to 2030. This consultation included consideration of the elements relating to renewable transport fuels in the recast Renewable Energy Directive which is the EU's principal policy for increasing the use of biofuels in Europe.