Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction
Description:Building on the energy "Green Paper" and related consultation process conducted during 2006, the Irish government released an energy "White Paper" in March 2007. This paper sets out a national energy policy framework for the years 2007 to 2020. The strategic goals of the paper concern security of supply, sustainability of energy and competitiveness of energy supply. In relation to security of supply, the government is seeking, among other things, to enhance the diversity of fuels used for power generation. Related actions in the area of renewable energy include: - encouraging biomass in power generation by supporting biomass technology transfer, investing in specific biomass research and development and tackling supply side issues; - achieving 15% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2010; and - achieving 33% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020. Regarding sustainability of energy supply and use, key renewable energy-related actions include: - achieving at least 400MW from combined heat and power by 2010; - setting an initial ambition of at least 500MW of installed ocean energy capacity by 2020; - optimising deployment of solar energy in electricity and heating by 2020; - achieving a minimum target of 5% market penetration of renewables in the heat market by 2010 and a further target of 12% renewable heat market penetration by 2020; - achieving the EU target of 5.75% biofuels market penetration by 2010; - moving to a biofuels obligation on fuel suppliers by 2009; - setting a biofuels penetration target of at least 10% for 2020; - using 100% pure plant oil in captive fleets maintained by local authorities and public bodies; - working to develop an "all-island" approach to bioenergy during the period 2007 to 2010; and - supporting second generation biofuels. Energy efficiency-related actions include: - achieving 20% savings in energy across the electricity, transport and heating sectors by 2020; - promoting the adoption of the Irish Standard for Energy Management in all workplaces and supporting its implementation in small and medium sized enterprises; - updating national building regulations with a view to amending existing regulations in 2008, including to reduce energy demand by 40% relative to current standards; - extending the existing Building Energy Rating on new dwellings to non-domestic buildings from 1 July 2008; - setting a target of 33% for energy savings across the public sector; and - achieving by 2010 a level of green procurement equal on average to that of the best performers in Europe. The government intends to carry out interim reviews of the energy policy framework every two years, with a fundamental review to be carried out every five years.

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