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Minister Bruton announces increase in level of renewable energy used in transport sector


The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton T.D. today (December 14, 2018) announced his intention to increase the level of biofuel used in road transport fuels.

In addition to an increase from eight to 10 per cent from January 1, 2019, the Minister also published a draft order that will increase the level of renewable energy used in the transport sector further to 11 per cent from January 1, 2020. This draft order will now be open to consultation.

The Minister recently secured government approval to develop an all of government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Transitioning to cleaner fuels is an important part of delivering on that ambition.

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme requires suppliers of road transport fuels to include a proportion of biofuels in fuel placed on the market in Ireland. The inclusion of biofuels in the fuel mix increases the level of renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.

From January 1, 2019, the level of biofuel in the fuel mix will increase from the current level of eight to 10 per cent. The Minister also published a draft order to increase the level further to 11 per cent by volume by January 2020. This would mean that all suppliers of road transport fuels would be required to increase the percentage of biofuel in their fuel from the current level of eight to 11 per cent by 2020. The consultation will run until January 23, 2019.

The increased obligation from eight to 11 per cent by volume is expected to lead to over 70 million litres of fossil fuel being replaced with biofuel and reduce Ireland’s emissions by almost 200 thousand tonnes of carbon each year.

Minister Bruton stated: “I am currently developing an all of government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. This plan will have actions across all sectors of society and will have timelines with clear lines of responsibility. Transitioning to cleaner fuels is an important part of delivering on that ambition. From January of this year, the level of Biofuel will increase from eight to 10 per cent. I am hoping to increase that level further to 11 per cent from January 2020. This would mean replacing an estimated 70 million litres of fossil fuel with biofuel and is estimated to save almost 200 thousand tonnes of carbon each year. I encourage all interested parties to partake in the consultation.”