The Biofuels Obligation Scheme was introduced in 2010 and requires suppliers of motor fuel to ensure that biofuels make up a certain percentage of national annual fuel sales. This is known as the biofuel obligation and since the start of 2019 the obligation has been set at 10% by volume. From the start of 2020, the obligation will increase to 11% by volume.
Biofuels have a wide range of benefits from reducing Ireland's dependency on oil to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The biofuel obligation rate also has an important role to play in helping Ireland meet its renewable energy targets.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is holding a consultation seeking views in relation to the development of the Biofuels Obligation Scheme for the period 2021 to 2030, including the level of renewable energy in the transport sector in 2030, the introduction of an additional obligation for advanced biofuels, technical challenges and cost impacts.
This consultation will help inform changes that will be made to the Biofuels Obligation Scheme and the implementation of the biofuel elements of the recast Renewable Energy Directive.
The closing date for submissions was 15 November 2019. Forty two submissions were received and are published below. Confidential or commercially sensitive information which was clearly identified in submissions has not been included.