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Public Consultation on the Biofuel Obligation Scheme

Public Consultation on the Biofuels Obligation Scheme

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 is currently set at 8% by volume. 

Ireland is committed to ensuring that by 2020, 10% of the energy consumed in the transport sector will come from renewable energy sources.  The Biofuel Obligation Scheme has an important role to play in helping Ireland meet its 2020 renewable energy targets.  

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment recently held a consultation seeking views in relation to implementing a phased increase in the biofuel obligation rate, how the Biofuels Obligation Scheme could be developed in the future and the potential for a similar obligation scheme in the domestic heating sector.  The closing date for submissions was 19 January 2018. 

Twenty-two submissions were received and are published below. Confidential or commercially sensitive information which was clearly identified in submissions has not been included.

Submissions were received from:


Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited

An Taisce

Irving Oil

Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL)

Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBea)


Ryan Institute- NUI Galway

Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI)

Green Party

SSE Ireland

Oil Firing Technical Association Ireland (OFTEC Ireland)

Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)

Calor Teoranta

Petrogas Group Ltd.

The Irish Petroleum Industry Association (IPIA)

Inver Energy Ltd.

The Maxol Group

The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA)

Green Biofuels Ireland

Consultation Documents



An Scéim Oibleagáide Bithbhreoslaí Scéim Oibleagáide Bithbhreoslaí.pdfAn Scéim Oibleagáide Bithbhreoslaí01/12/2017 00:00:00pdf602117
Biofuels Obligation Scheme Consultation Obligation Scheme Consultation.pdfBiofuels Obligation Scheme Consultation01/12/2017 00:00:00pdf634151

Consultation Submissions



Reply from An Taisce Taisces Response to the Biofuel Obligation Scheme.pdfReply from An Taisce09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf301187
Reply from Green Biofuels Ireland Green Biofuels Ireland Submission.pdfReply from Green Biofuels Ireland09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf612393
Reply from Inver Obligation Consultation Inver Submission.pdfReply from Inver09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf443263
Reply from IPIA Consultation IPIA Submission.pdfReply from IPIA09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf291358
Reply from Cre Cre Submission.pdfReply from Cre09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf420114
Reply from Calor Teoranta Teoranta submission to BOS consultation.pdfReply from Calor Teoranta09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf394436
Reply from EERL BOS Submission final.pdfReply from EERL09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf129318
Reply from Green Party Party BOS submission.pdfReply from Green Party09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf21602
Reply from IrBEA Response to BOS 2018.pdfReply from IrBEA09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf759457
Reply from Irving Oil Oil BOS Consultation Response.pdfReply from Irving Oil09/04/2018 16:45:00pdf154972