The next government has been called on to make use of Ireland’s “considerable natural advantage” for growing bioenergy fuel crops to meet its 2030 emissions targets and get up to speed on renewable energy.
The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) in recent weeks has circulated its Programme for Government proposals to political representatives across all political parties and independent groups.
The organisation continues to lobby for the Programme for Government to incorporate bioenergy measures and supports to assist economic recovery, emissions reduction targets and climate action.
Ireland is in second-last place among EU member states in terms of its use of renewable heat. Ireland has had the best part of the last decade to meet renewable energy targets – and has failed, the organisation noted.
Seán Finan, CEO of IrBEA, said: “We are calling on all political parties and independent groupings to embrace renewable energy as a robust means to rebuild the Irish economy after Covid-19.