The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) is responsible for energy policy in Ireland. A major strategic priority for the Department in 2015 is the publication of a new energy policy framework, the White Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland, which will be published in December 2015, following on from the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland which was published in May 2014. The previous energy policy paper, which was published in 2007, was the first comprehensive policy document in several decades. It provided policy certainty and a vision for energy markets to 2020. It underpinned significant achievements over the past eight years, and provided direction for a range of action plans, schemes, measures and investment programmes. The key policy developments in the period 2007-2014 are highlighted in the 2014 Green Paper. Its continued implementation is required to achieve our EU 2020 objectives.
It is now timely to publish a new energy policy for Ireland out to 2030, with a longer term view towards 2050, and to take account of the changes that have taken place in the energy sector since 2007. The theme of the new energy policy will be transition, as we seek to continue to progress towards a sustainable, largely decarbonised energy system by 2050. Throughout this transition, we remain mindful of the trade-offs inherent in the three pillars of energy policy, to ensure that our energy system remains secure, sustainable and competitive.
The Government previously published a policy statement on the Strategic Importance of Transmission and other Energy Infrastructure in 2012.