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Biofuel Obligation Rate Increase

On 2nd February 2016, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy published a Draft Order proposing a change in the percentage rate of biofuel obligation certificates required to meet the biofuels obligation. The proposed new rate, which is referred to in section 44C(3)(b) of the National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (as amended by S.I. No. 225/2016) was 8.695 per cent from 1st January 2017.
A consultation seeking the views of interested parties on this Draft Order closed at 5pm on 9th of March 2016. Six responses were received and carefully reviewed with a view to finalising the Order. The non-confidential elements of these responses are available at the 'View Submissions' link below.
On 3 May 2016, Minister Alex White signed the National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (Biofuel Obligation Rate) Order 2016 and increased the rate of biofuel obligation to 8.695 per cent from 1 January 2017.

Submissions were received from:
Maxol Group
An Taisce
Oxfam on behalf of various NGOs
Phillips 66
Irish Petroleum Industry Association (IPIA)
Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC)


The Department is bound by the Freedom of Information legislation and reserves the right to publish all submissions received. Where confidential or commercially sensitive material is included, this information should be clearly marked as confidential. The non-confidential elements of all submissions received will be published in response to the consultation.

Consultation Documents



Consultation Submissions



Reply from Philips 66 Whitegate Oil Refinery from Philips 66 Whitegate Oil Refinery.pdfReply from Philips 66 Whitegate Oil Refinery16/11/2016 00:00:00pdf147242
Reply from An Taisce from An Taisce.pdfReply from An Taisce09/03/2016 00:00:00pdf251839
Reply from IBEC from IBEC.pdfReply from IBEC09/03/2016 00:00:00pdf4596
Reply from IPIA from IPIA.pdfReply from IPIA09/03/2016 00:00:00pdf154546
Reply from MAXOL from MAXOL.pdfReply from MAXOL09/03/2016 00:00:00pdf358891
Reply from OXFAM 1 from OXFAM 1.pdfReply from OXFAM 109/03/2016 00:00:00pdf963127
Reply from OXFAM 2 from OXFAM 2.pdfReply from OXFAM 209/03/2016 00:00:00pdf101587