Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Third Report of the Citizens' Assembly: Discussion (Resumed)

2:00 pm

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois, Sinn Fein)
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I have a question for Dr. Aubert concerning the use of biomass in agriculture. In the context of sustainability and land use, this requires using land that might be used for growing food. What is the science behind the benefits of it? Does it stack up? There are emissions from using biomass.

My other questions relate to agricultural waste. We have a large agricultural sector in this country. Does Dr. Aubert see a lot of potential in terms of using agricultural waste to generate biogas? What are the best plants and trees for sequestration? Do they include willow, miscanthus or sugar beet, which is grown in France but which is no longer grown in Ireland?