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:
Oxfam on behalf of various NGOs
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.