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Public Consultation Regarding a Proposed Increase of the Biofuel Obligation Rate

Notice of public consultation regarding a proposed increase of the Biofuel Obligation rate

On 6th October 2015, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Alex White, T.D., announced a public consultation in respect of a proposed increase in the rate of the Biofuels Obligation Scheme. The Biofuels Obligation Scheme was introduced with effect from 1st July 2010 by the Energy (Biofuel Obligation and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010, and is administered by the National Oil Reserves Agency.

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme requires suppliers of road transport fuels to include a certain percentage of biofuel across their general fuel mix, and works on the basis of tradable certificates. The current obligation rate is 6.383% or 6/94, meaning that for every 94 litres of fossil fuel an obligated party has placed on the market, it must hold 6 certificates. Certificates are awarded on the basis of 2 certificates per litre of sustainable biofuel if that biofuel is produced from wastes or residues or 1 certificate per litre for all other sustainable biofuels.

It is estimated that in order to achieve the binding target for Ireland of 10% a biofuel obligation rate of 12% by volume may be needed by 2020. Therefore the obligation rate must be increased progressively and in a managed and phased basis over the coming years. The Department is now seeking views on an increase to the biofuel obligation rate from 2016.

This consultation closed on Friday 30th October 2015 and 16 responses were received. The non-confidential elements of these responses are available at the 'View Submissions' link below.

Submissions were received from:
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
National Oil Reserves Agency
Green Biofuels Ireland
Marker Bio-fuel
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland (Cré)
National Standards Authority of Ireland
Top Oil
the Irish Bioenergy Association
Irish Petroleum Industry Association
Phillips 66
An Taisce
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government


Consultation Documents



Consultation Submissions



Reply from Department of Environment, Community and Local Government from Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.pdfReply from Department of Environment, Community and Local Government02/11/2015 00:00:00pdf30102
Reply from National Standards Authority of Ireland from National Standards Authority of Ireland.pdfReply from National Standards Authority of Ireland30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf545131
Submission from An Taisce from An Taisce.pdfSubmission from An Taisce30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf432103
Submission from Cre from Cre.pdfSubmission from Cre30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf98112
Submission from Irish Petroleum Industry Association from Irish Petroleum Industry Association.pdfSubmission from Irish Petroleum Industry Association30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf154546
Submission from Maxol from Maxol.pdfSubmission from Maxol30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf353278
Submission from NGOs from NGOs.pdfSubmission from NGOs30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf963127
Submission from Phillips 66 from Phillips 66.pdfSubmission from Phillips 6630/10/2015 00:00:00pdf218712
Submission from Top Oil from Top Oil.pdfSubmission from Top Oil30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf52681
Submission from the Irish Bioenergy Association from the Irish Bioenergy Association.pdfSubmission from the Irish Bioenergy Association30/10/2015 00:00:00pdf965242