Ireland Biofuel Obligation Scheme

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 17 August 2015

The Irish Biofuel Obligation Scheme (BOS) came into effect in 2010 mandating fuel suppliers to include a percentage of biofuels in their yearly sales.

The obligation levels are increased on a sustainable basis to 2020 to meet the renewable transport target of 10.5% in 2020.

Historical and planned biofuel obligation levels are as follow:

Ireland Biofuel Obligation levels (by volumes)

2010

2013

2105

2018

2019

4.166%

6.383%

8%

10%

10.5%

Fuel suppliers receive one certificate for each litre of biofuel placed on the market. Two certificates are issued if the biofuel is produced from materials such as biodegradable waste, residue, non-food cellulosic material, ligno-cellulosic material or algae. 

Certificates are issued for biofuels that have been demonstrated to have complied with the sustainability criteria of the Directive. Biofuels must not be made from feedstock's sourced from certain categories of land, and must achieve certain greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

 

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