Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (196)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

196. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a 10% biofuel obligation on the heat sector will be introduced as part of the commitment by Ireland to reduce carbon emissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46764/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme, administered by the National Oil Reserves Agency, is the principal support for the uptake of biofuels in Ireland. The scheme was introduced in 2010 and requires suppliers of liquid road transport fuel to ensure that biofuels make up a certain percentage of annual fuel sales in the road transport sector.

Two public consultations have recently commenced which include consideration of a potential renewable energy obligation in the heat sector similar to what is in place in the road transport sector. These consultations are available to view at the following links:

https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-on-Biofuels-Obligation-Scheme.aspx https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-on-the-Implementation-of-the-Clean-Energy-Package.aspx

The responses received to these consultations will help inform my Department's considerations of the potential for an obligation scheme to be introduced in the heat sector in Ireland.