Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

In 2006, the Irish government published a Green Paper on Sustainable Energy, indicating its aim "to become a world leader in sustainable energy by 2020." The paper outlined a series of actions to develop clean coal technology, biomass energy, renewable electricity and energy efficiency. These included: - a proposed plan to boost energy efficiency by a total of 20% by 2020, in line with the objective set out by the European Commission; - a goal of increasing the share of renewables in electricity consumption to 30% by 2020, which would imply a quadrupling of renewables generation capacity; - a key role for bioenergy, including targets for biofuels for the period up to 2020 and further research on second generation biofuels; - co-firing up to 30% biomass at three existing peat stations to extend the availability of peat in the energy mix beyond 2020; - greater use of tidal energy; and - extension of a scheme that helps homeowners switch to renewable heating. After a series of public consultations, a "White Paper" setting out Irelands energy policy to 2020 was released in March 2007 (see separate database entry).

This record is superseded by:White Paper: Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland

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