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
Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL)
Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBea)
Ryan Institute- NUI Galway
Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI)
Oil Firing Technical Association Ireland (OFTEC Ireland)
Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)
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