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Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Peat Products Import Data (17 Feb 2021)

Jack Chambers: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 3 together. The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below. There are no data available yet for 2021. Table A: Exports of Peat and Peat Products 2018-2020 Year Peat Peat Peat Products Peat Products Exports Exports Exports Exports ...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Carbon Tax Implementation (26 Feb 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Section 77 of the Finance Act 2010 provides that for the purposes of the solid fuel carbon tax, ‘solid fuel’ means coal or peat. Specific rates of solid fuel carbon tax apply to coal, peat briquettes, milled peat and other peat of €52.67, €36.67, €17.99 and €27.25 per tonne respectively. Section 77 also provides that: - ‘milled peat’...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Generation (30 Apr 2013)

Pat Rabbitte: The Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy has been in place since 2001 and is the overall support mechanism for peat generation, for certain conventional generation constructed for security of supply purposes and for the development of renewable electricity. The levy is designed to compensate electricity suppliers for the additional costs they incur by purchasing electricity generated by...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications: Peat Briquette Production: Bord na Móna (27 May 2015)

Mr. Mike Quinn: Yes, the Deputy is correct. Government policy in the UK in the past three to four years has been to move to a peat-free product by 2020. That has been unsuccessful. Now the policy is for a voluntary exit from the use of peat. None of our main customers has exited from peat and there is no drive from government policy to do that. In fact, some of the peat-free products to...

Written Answers — Public Service Obligation Levy: Public Service Obligation Levy (5 Jul 2012)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 99 together. The Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy has been in place since 2001 and is a support mechanism for peat generation, some conventional generation and the development of renewable electricity. The levy is designed to compensate electricity suppliers for the additional costs they incur by purchasing electricity generated by the three peat...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Service Obligation Levy Payments (16 Jul 2013) See 1 other result from this answer

Pat Rabbitte: The Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy has been in place since 2001 and is the overall support mechanism for peat generation, for certain conventional generation constructed for security of supply purposes, and for the development of renewable electricity. The levy is designed to compensate electricity suppliers for the additional costs they incur by purchasing electricity generated by...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (30 Jun 2020)

Barry Cowen: The extent of any commercial impact on the horticulture sector arising from a decision by Bord na Mona to suspend all peat harvesting will depend initially on the level of domestic stocks of horticultural peat on hand, alternative suppliers of peat and the development of alternative growing mediums. The amenity, soft fruit and mushrooms sectors are the most reliant on milled...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (9 Dec 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I am very well aware of the concerns in relation to the availability of peat which are generating challenges (volume and price) for the horticulture sector. As the Deputy knows, my Department is not involved in the regulation of peat extraction. Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Malcolm Noonan T.D., established a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Impact of Peat Shortages on the Horticulture Industry: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Jul 2021) See 2 other results from this debate

Ms Anna Kavanagh: I agree with Mr. Dunne. Even the bog he mentioned would not be used for horticulture. I am pretty confident that Bord na Móna has finished the supply of horticultural peat. Deputy Fitzmaurice asked about research and development and whether it would take five to ten years or whatever else. It is difficult to answer that question. Going on my experience in the UK,...

Electricity Generation. (23 Apr 2008) See 2 other results from this debate

Simon Coveney: ..., and understandably so. What I want to ask the Minister is whether he would deem it appropriate to introduce legislation that would give leadership as to the timescale for a phasing out of peat as a fuel source in power stations over a medium to long-term period, which is already Bord na Móna policy, as we increase, over a period of time, the level of biomass and other power-generating...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Third Report of the Citizens' Assembly: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Nov 2018)

...the region of €50 million. It is a decarbonisation plan to cut our emissions by a certain level. It will probably cost another €50 million as we flesh out to 2027 or whenever we finally exit peat so it will cost about €100 million. We also see a significant shift with regard to peat. We have two businesses in peat production. We have the retail business, of...

Written Answers — Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (6 Apr 2006) See 3 other results from this answer

Mary Coughlan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 283 to 285, inclusive, together. The definition of peat soils used by my Department is taken from the Peatlands of Ireland, Soil Survey Bulletin by R.F. Hammond, 1979. It constitutes a peat layer greater than 30 cm on drained peats and greater than 45 cm on undrained peats. Based on research and the Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Horticulture Sector (27 Jul 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: I have neither statutory nor Ministerial responsibility for the harvesting or supply of horticultural peat. To assist in addressing the question of horticultural peat for domestic purposes, I have established a working group under an independent chairman, Dr. Munoo Prasad, to examine the issues which had been identified during the Review of the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Horticulture Sector (27 Jul 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: I have neither statutory nor Ministerial responsibility for the harvesting or supply of horticultural peat. To assist in addressing the question of horticultural peat for domestic purposes, I have established a working group under an independent chairman, Dr. Munoo Prasad, to examine the issues which had been identified during the Review of the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (28 Jul 2020)

Dara Calleary: The extent of any commercial impact on the horticulture sector arising from a decision by Bord na Mona to suspend all peat harvesting will depend initially on the level of domestic stocks of horticultural peat on hand, alternative suppliers of peat and the development of alternative growing mediums. The amenity and soft fruit sectors are the most reliant on milled horticulture grade...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Carbon Tax Implementation (4 Jul 2013)

Michael Noonan: ...by the Revenue Commissioners, who have responsibility for the collection to solid fuel carbon tax, that turf extracted for domestic use as a solid fuel falls within the definition of “other peat” in section 77 of the Finance Act 2010, as amended. As such, it becomes liable to solid fuel carbon tax at a rate of €13.62 per tonne under the following conditions: when it...

Written Answers — Afforestation Programme: Afforestation Programme (3 Oct 2007)

Mary Coughlan: I am aware of this issue, which dates back to 2004. A report by the European Environment Agency claimed that 84% of planting since 1990 had taken place on peats. That figure was based on satellite imagery and did not correspond in any way to the information available to my Department at the time, which showed that the actual level of afforestation on peats was between 26% and 43.5%, since...

Written Answers — Tax Code: Tax Code (2 Mar 2010)

Brian Lenihan Jnr: I announced on Budget night that the application of carbon tax to coal and commercial peat will be subject to a commencement order to allow a robust mechanism to be put in place to counter the sourcing of coal and peat from Northern Ireland where lower environmental standards apply. I do not propose to introduce the tax on coal and peat until that issue is addressed appropriately and that is...

Written Answers — Electricity Generation: Electricity Generation (29 Sep 2010)

Eamon Ryan: The objective of achieving 30% co-firing of biomass with peat in the 3 peat fired power stations by 2015, was set in the Energy Policy Framework 2007. Electricity generated at the 3 Peat fired power stations is covered under the Public Service Obligation which was introduced in 2001. This allows the companies involved, Bord na Móna and ESB, to claim back certain costs from the Public...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (29 Jul 2020)

Dara Calleary: The extent of any commercial impact on the horticulture sector arising from a decision by Bord na Mona to suspend all peat harvesting will depend initially on the level of domestic stocks of horticultural peat on hand, alternative suppliers of peat and the development of alternative growing mediums. My Department is participating in a cross-departmental working group led by the...

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