Written answers

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Environmental Policy

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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42. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department has considered, or plans to consider, the use of biofuels in home heating (details supplied). [57697/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), at the request of my Department, is currently developing a comprehensive National Heat Study which aims to examine options to decarbonise the heating and cooling sectors in Ireland to 2050. The study is examining a range of options including sustainable bioenergy such as bioliquids.

This study is underway, and further details are available on the SEAI website at www.seai.ie/data-and-insights/national-heat-study/.

In addition, my Department carried out a consultation on the potential introduction of a renewable energy obligation in the heat sector. Such an obligation, if introduced, would require the suppliers of fossil fuels for use in the heat sector to also supply renewable energy. The level of renewable energy that would have to be supplied would be based on a proportion of the fossil fuels supplied. There are a range of renewable energies that could be used to meet the obligation including bioliquids. The consultation is now closed and my Department is considering the responses received.


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