Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>CHP, Multiple RE Sources>All, Multiple RE Sources>Heating
Policy Sector:Framework Policy
Agency:Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

In 2006, the Irish government published a Green Paper on Sustainable Energy, which outlines the countrys its aim "to become a world leader in sustainable energy by 2020." The paper set out a series of actions to develop clean coal technology, biomass energy, renewable electricity and energy efficiency. In relation to renewables, this included a goal of increasing the share of renewables in electricity consumption to 30% by 2020, which implies a quadrupling of renewables generation capacity and compares with a share of only 5% in 2004. Earlier in 2006, the government raised its target for renewables share of electricity in 2010 from 13.2% to 15%. The paper envisaged a key role for bioenergy, proposing targets for biofuels for the period up to 2020 and further research on second generation biofuels. Other proposals in this area included co-firing up to 30% biomass at three existing peat stations to extend the availability of peat in the energy mix beyond 2020. The paper also indicated a desire to make greater use of tidal energy and outlined a plan to extend 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This record is superseded by:White Paper: Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland

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