Thursday, 5 June 2008

Ceisteanna (221)

Liz McManus


221 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the target set by his Department in relation to helping reach the 3% reduction in carbon emission for 2008 in view of his commitments to the Joint Committee on Climate Change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22410/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

I am confident that we will meet the Government's targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency as set out in the Energy Policy Framework and the Programme for Government. We have put in place a range of actions to ensure progressive delivery on these targets, which will contribute to our overall emissions reductions targets.

In the electricity market we will increase the contribution by renewable energy sources to at least 15% by 2010 and 33% by 2020 of electricity consumed and work towards the higher levels of renewables indicated as being possible in our all island grid study. Between 2003 and 2006 the contribution doubled from 4.3% to 8.6% and is expected to have increased to around 9.5% when data is available for 2007.

In Biofuels for transport we have committed to sustainable delivery of a target of 5.75% by 2010 and to a further target of 10% by 2020. Delivery of these targets will be underpinned by the Biofuels Obligation, which will be introduced in 2009, which will take full account of the sustainability criteria we are working on in the Council working group.

In the heat sector, targets of 5% and 12% market penetration by 2010 and 2020 respectively are being delivered through the Greener Homes, ReHeat and Combined Heat and Power grants programmes.

We have set a National energy efficiency target of 20% by 2020, which includes a higher 30% target for the public sector. Measures to achieve this were signalled in the Draft Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which my Department published in late 2007.

A revised National Energy Efficiency Action Plan will be published shortly.