Written answers

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Energy Policy

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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53. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent of the shift away from fossil fuels for the generation of electricity; if this is in line with targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9346/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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Under the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC Ireland committed to meeting a target of at least 16% of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To assist in meeting this target, Ireland set a national target of achieving 40% of electricity produced from renewable sources.

In 2019, 36.5% of electricity in Ireland was produced from renewable sources. More information on Ireland's renewable energy use can be found in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland report Energy in Ireland 2020, which presents the latest official statistics on energy use in Ireland.

Ireland has adopted a target of a 70% renewable share in electricity production by 2030. This will contribute to meeting the Programme for Government target of reducing Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030, meeting the long-term target of climate neutrality by 2050, and to meeting the EU-wide binding target, under the recast Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001, of 32% of the overall share of energy to come from renewable sources by 2030.

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