My officials have been engaging with the European Commission to explore the potential for a support scheme, funded through a Public Service Obligation, for the enhanced rehabilitation of Bord na Móna bogs used to harvest peat for electricity generation over and above what Bord na Móna is obliged to do under its EPA licences. A formal pre-notification proposal will be submitted through the Commission's State Aid notification structure shortly.
The relevant rules relating to consultation, whether set out in national or EU law, will be complied with. The verified cost of the enhanced rehabilitation of the peatlands will determine the overall amount of the levy under the Public Service Obligation.
It is expected that about 200 Bord na Mona employees could be engaged in this rehabilitation and restoration work.