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Renewable Energy Generation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (207)

Bernard Durkan


207. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the extent to which a strategy or policy is being considered to make a fuel (details supplied) available or which can be made available with a view to reduction of dependence on fossil fuels given its 90% plus efficiency in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53897/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a by-product of oil. Bio-LPG is an equivalent fuel that is produced from bioenergy. There are limited amounts of bio-LPG currently used in Ireland.

My Department recently carried out a consultation on the potential introduction of a renewable energy obligation in the heat sector. Such an obligation, if introduced, would require the suppliers of fossil fuels for use in the heat sector to also supply renewable energy. The level of renewable energy that would have to be supplied would be based on a proportion of the fossil fuels supplied. The obligation could potentially be met through the supply of renewable gas, biomass or renewable fuels such as bio-LPG. Such an obligation could incentivise an increase in the use of such fuels. The consultation is now closed and my Department is considering the responses received.

Question No. 208 answered with Question No. 203.