Have yourself a sustainable Christmas with these tips

We take a look at some ideas to make your Christmas more environmentally and pocket friendly. Here are our tips to help you make your festive season more sustainable:

Presents – make eco-friendly options when shopping for gifts. Why not consider gifting an experience and bring your loved ones together?
Shop local – by doing so, you will reduce your carbon footprint and support the local economy, which has to be good! Shop local from weekly markets, craft fairs and local producers.
Energy-efficient appliances – it does make a difference. Choosing energy efficient appliances will save you money on energy bills and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions in the long run.
Save energy while cooking – maximise your cooking efficiencies by using proper cookware, keep on the lids while cooking and match your burner and pot sizes to help decrease the energy use of your stove or hob. Plan ahead! Cook multiple dishes at once and prep before cooking to reduce energy use.
Find alternatives to wrapping paper – keep sustainability in mind and avoid wrapping paper that isn’t recyclable, be careful about what you choose and opt for green wrapping. The Journal – How to gift wrap without all the waste this Christmas.
Use solar powered LED lights – when it comes to sustainable decorations, LED lights are far better than traditional incandescent lights, because they use up to 80% less energy. For outdoor decorations, switch to solar powered lights and put both sets on a timer. Not only will your energy bills reduce but you will be kinder to the planet.
Live Christmas tree – If you choose a potted tree or a tree that still has the root ball intact, you will be able to replant it in your garden or balcony meaning that the tree can continue to exhale oxygen which slows down climate change. Irish Times – Not just for Christmas: Trees go to pot to ensure many festive returns.
Use smart controls and timers where possible – to switch on & off when not needed. When using battery powered lights, use rechargeable batteries.
Invest in a reusable advent calendar – a great environmentally friendly idea! Choose from reusable or recycled-wood options.
Remember the true meaning of Christmas – what is truly important during this time of the year? Is it the flashy gifts and excess food or is it spending time with your loved ones, reflecting on the year passed and being grateful for what we have.

Listen back to the recent Beat 102-103 podcast where 3cea’s Energy Engineer Gráinne Kennedy spoke to Dean Egan on how to be more sustainable in the run up to Christmas.

sustainable little Christmas

 

3cea Joins the IGBC’s EPD Campaign

3cea is proud to announce that we are a signatory of the Irish Green Building Council’s EPD (Environment Product Declarations). Through the IGBC’s EPD Campaign, 3cea is committing to request that suppliers work towards getting an EPD by including an EPD request in our selection criteria. We hope this request for EPD and preference towards products with an EPD will drive the demand for transparent data and the first step towards circularity.

 

What is the EPD Commitment?

IGBC is asking specifiers of construction products to ask for Environmental Product Declarations and prefer products with EPD where possible within procurement restrictions and help drive the demand for better environmental data from manufacturers.

 

Environmental Product Declarations are 3rd party verified documents prepared by a manufacturer to set out the various environmental impacts of their products clearly and transparently. Standardised in EN 15804

 

What do they measure? Environmental Impacts during products stages​

 

  • Global Warming Potential (GWP)​
  • Acidification (AP)​
  • Eutrophication (EP)​
  • Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)​
  • Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential (POCP)​
  • Abiotic depletion (ADPE and ADPF) and Primary Energy used​

 

To use materials where the manufacturer provides an EPD isn’t expected to automatically lower environmental impacts but will provide transparent data. This means it can be compared to different materials and their environmental impact which helps prevent ‘greenwashing’.

 

Why ask for EPD?

Under the new nZEB building regulations the carbon embodied in the materials will account for up to 50% of the total life cycle carbon emissions of the homes and buildings we design. Embodied C02 emissions are emissions that occur in the production phase of a product (including emissions from the production of the materials used and emissions generated during the production phase itself). So, for example, operational emissions are those generated by running a building, and “upfront ‘embodied’ emissions are generated by the construction of a building.

 

Without an EPD we lack the data to measure and reduce the impact of embodied emissions. Manufacturers who measure the impacts of their product through life cycle analysis (LCA) are then in a good position to reduce those impacts. By 2050 we need to reduce the carbon emissions from the construction and operation of buildings to zero and that includes materials.

 

We need to evaluate early design decisions which impact and influence the later design stages and results.

 

Why Commit?

 

Although many manufacturers in Ireland have or are developing an EPD, many manufactures don’t. This is because many say that they are not asked for and are compounded by suppliers or imported products not being aware that their product has an EPD. By publicly committing to promote the use of EPD amongst our staff and in our specifications, we can show manufacturers that there is a desire to seek out an EPD and show suppliers that it is something that can be obtained. The IGBC’s EPD campaign is mostly about raising awareness to encourage manufacturers and suppliers into an LCA way of thinking.

3 Counties Energy Agency offers free Audits to 150 Irish SMEs

Information Session on free Audits to 150 Irish SMEs to begin their sustainable journey: https://bit.ly/CANCapSME 

 

Businesses in the South East of Ireland can now access free energy audits under the Climate Active Neighbourhoods Capitalisation Project (CAN Cap) scheme.

 

Offered by energy experts, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea), the free audits aim to help businesses improve sustainable measures and reduce costs. Businesses in the South East are urged to sign-up as there are only 150 free energy audits available.

 

Date for the Diary: Free Information Session Tuesday November 2nd at 12 pm

 

3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) has arranged a free online information session on Tuesday, November 2nd at midday to explain who can apply for the free energy audits, what SMEs can expect from it and how to apply for one of the limited places available. You can register for this event by clicking here.

 

The CAN Cap energy audit is available for free to businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the Southeast region from the following sectors:

 

  • Nursing homes and healthcare providers
  • Food producersfarm foods plants
  • Convenience grocery stores and supermarkets
  • Office blocks and property management companies

 

The audits are offered exclusively by 3 Counties Energy Agency having become Irish members of the global network, the Climate Alliance, based in Germany, a partnership of nine EU countries working together for climate action.

 

Alexandra Hamilton, Senior Energy Engineer with 3cea said

 

The free audits are an opportunity for businesses to reduce energy usage and costs, lower their CO2 emissions and make a very positive impact on climate change. Following completion of an audit, the business will receive an energy usage report. 3cea will advise on how to reduce energy bills and develop practical, sustainable energy measures. Companies may also qualify for further grant assistance for upgrades such as solar panels, energy-efficient heating or cooling systems, insulation, or upgrade to LED lighting. Our auditors will always advise on any grants that may be available.”

 

Free energy audits are available with no obligation, as part of an Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Development Project called CAN Cap. Businesses that are interested in exploring can visit https://3cea.ie/cancap-offers-free-energy-reports-for-irish-smes/ and express their interest by filling out the CAN Cap enquiry form.

Duncan Stewart keeps an eco-eye on Kilkenny

Duncan Stewart keeps an eco-eye on Kilkenny – Booking now open for the free Green for Micro conference

Irish environmentalist Duncan Stewart, well-known as the host of RTÉ’s Eco Eye since 2002, will offer his expertise and guidance to businesses across Kilkenny. Exclusively available to businesses in the South East, enterprises are invited to attend the free Green for Micro conference on Friday 15th October at 9.30 am, hosted online via Zoom. To register visit: www.localenterprise.ie/Kilkenny

The Green for Micro conference offers a unique opportunity to learn how to cut harmful emissions and make significant energy and bottom-line savings. It aims to support small businesses in the South East and break down environmental and sustainability challenges for their business.

Keynote speaker, Duncan Stewart, will share his insights on how vital it is for businesses to address environmental issues within their business and how this will ensure the sustainability of small enterprises into the future. Expert speakers from 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) and the Southern Region Waste Management office will share useful tips on how to make simple changes, for example, how to manage waste in your business and how to access funding support for greener practises. The panel of speakers will demonstrate how investing time and resources in green issues will ultimately benefit small businesses.

The programme will begin with an introduction and welcome from Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny. She commented, “We want to encourage small businesses to learn more about how they can help Ireland move toward a greener net-zero economy. Beyond that, sustainable decisions make financial sense. We hope people will join us on October 15th to find out more.”

Grainne Kennedy, Energy Engineer, 3cea said, “Even the smallest change in a businesses’ consciousness and tweaks to its manufacturing processes can make a big difference. Any business of any size can have a profound effect on the environment. We’re looking forward to telling people about the South East Green for Micro programme and how they can access funding to start their green journey today.”

Led by the Local Enterprise Offices in the South East, in partnership with 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea), the South East Green for Micro programme was launched in April 2019, funded by Enterprise Ireland to assist local businesses with their low carbon transition.  3cea, an independent, not-for-profit energy agency, offered technical assistance for the project, helping participating enterprises examine their energy, waste, water, procurement and transport needs and make more informed, environmentally-friendly choices.

 

For more information about energy grants available in the South East, visit www.3cea.ie. To learn more about the Green for Micro conference on Friday 15th October at 9.30 am, hosted online, visit: www.localenterprise.ie/kilkenny

 

Free Energy Audits Offered by 3cea Through CAN Cap Programme

Free energy audits offered to 150 Irish SMEs

 

3 Counties Energy Agency help SMEs to improve sustainability and reduce energy bills

With extreme weather events in the news almost every day, and the science showing that our behaviour is slowly and relentlessly heating the planet, more people recognise the need to change. Many Irish businesses are examining their options to move towards carbon neutrality.

 

An opportunity has been launched for Irish businesses to avail of a free energy audit as part of an Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Development Project called CANCap. Businesses that avail of this support will begin to transition to a low carbon economy and contribute towards the Government’s Climate Bill promise to half emission by 2050.

 

Offered by climate experts, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea), the project aims to assist SMEs, in specific industries, to improve sustainable measures and reduce energy bills by addressing deficiencies and incorporating renewable energy practices. The Climate Active Neighbourhoods Capitalisation Project (CANCap) free energy audit is available to SME, businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the Southeast region from the following sectors:

 

  • Nursing homes and healthcare providers
  • Food producersfarm foods plants
  • Convenience grocery stores and supermarkets
  • Office blocks and property management companies

 

The audits are offered exclusively by 3 Counties Energy Agency having become Irish members of the global network, the Climate Alliance, based in Germany, a partnership of nine EU countries working together for climate action.

 

Alexandra Hamilton, Senior Energy Engineer with 3cea said

 

“The energy audit will include a walk-through of the building with one of our engineers to see how and where you currently use energy. They may have a camera, meters or other equipment to conduct the survey, but it will not be disruptive, and staff can go about their day as usual. We will make our recommendations for where to save energy across the business. 3cea are registered with SEAI to deliver energy audits across the South East, and we will always highlight any grants or supports available to deliver the projects after the audit is complete.”

 

Following completion of a free energy audit, the business will receive an energy usage report. 3cea will advise on how to reduce energy bills and develop sustainable energy practices that will meet the daily objectives of the business more efficiently. Companies may qualify for further grant assistance should they wish to carry out upgrades such as solar panels, energy-efficient heating or cooling systems, insulation, or upgrade to LED lighting.

 

Under the SEAI’s Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant scheme commercial businesses can avail of up to 30 per cent of the costs of energy upgrades up to €2M maximum grant per company. A free information webinar will be held on 21st September 2021 from 1-2 pm, hosted via Zoom, and presented by 3cea Senior Engineer, Alexandra Hamilton. Those considering energy upgrades will learn more about the savings, how to go through the funding process, the benefits and grant opportunities available to Irish businesses. Register online:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/information-session-on-energy-grants-supports-for-organisations-tickets-167741863429

 

This is a great opportunity for businesses to reduce energy usage and costs, lower their CO2 emissions and make a very positive impact on climate change. I would encourage any business considering energy upgrades to attend our information evening on September 21st to find out more.” Ms Hamilton Concluded

 

Businesses that are interested in exploring can visit our CAN Cap Homepage and express their interest by filling out the CANCap enquiry form.

Irish SME Clean Tech Receives STEPS Second Voucher

An Irish SME, Clean Tech has received the STEPS Second Voucher as the STEPS Business Support Programme successfully moves forward and shows first results. SMEs selected in March for the programme have received support from knowledge institutions and already progressed their TRL levels. Tipperary-based Clean tech are now ready to progress to the final stage and four further SMEs are already in the final stage to start testing under ‘real-life’-conditions, with partly cross-border testing involve. Meanwhile, 25 new innovative SMEs applied for the Business Support Programme and are now being assessed for enrollment.

In STEPS, business support and knowledge partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom have joined forces to strengthen the competitiveness of innovative energy storage (e-storage) providers in North-West Europe (NWE). They will do so by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to the market through tailored testing. Specifically, STEPS will advise e-storage SMEs on entering new markets in NWE, engage with potential end-users, and increase the awareness of solution providers. STEPS will also connect end-users with providers of new e-storage solutions via a business support programme to increase their technological readiness level (TRL) through real-life testing.

In March, the first 20 SMEs started the STEPS journey to optimise future energy storage solutions. The initial step included support from leading knowledge institutions in the energy storage field that successfully increased the TRL of innovations. This enabled 3 SMEs to move forward and soon start real-life testing of their technology. Clean Tech, based in Clonmel, will move forward to this real-life testing phase by testing their product at Wexford County Hall.

Clean Tech TPRO Battery

Wexford County Council opened its new building, which was designed by Robin Lee Architecture, in 2011 and received a Civic Trust Award in 2012. The facility is equipped with a Building Energy Management System (BeMS) with a 10kWp PV system installed on the roof of the building. Therefore, Wexford County Hall is a viable Testbed for energy storage, testing and familiarisation with battery technology.

Wexford County Hall

Real-life testing is relevant to the participating SMEs to finetune and validate their product, to ensure compatibility in real life at end-users, and to demonstrate the value of their product. This will increase confidence in technology and provide evidence for their value proposition when entering the market. The testing will take place in all regions where testbeds are located; the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Ireland and Germany. Our testing even includes a collaboration between two supported SMEs, Zebra (NL) and Locquet (BE). These two SMEs support each other with testing at Terranova Solar in Belgium. Currently, the implementation of the storage solutions at the testbeds is being further prepared so that the SMEs can start testing their technologies after this summer. Clean Tech are expected to be set up by the end of August 2021 and will remain on site until January 2022.

The STEPS project does not stop here. In June the second call for applications was opened to aid another 20 SMEs with the Business  Support Programme. The second call for applications showed great interest from SMEs and attracted 25 applicants from DE, BE, CH, UK, IE, and NL that want to advance their innovative energy storage solutions. Currently, the applications are being assessed. We look forward to announcing the winning SMEs soon and to start working with them on accelerating NWE competitiveness and the sustainable energy transition at large.

To learn more about the STEPS Project, check out our dedicated STEPS webpage here.

CO2 standards should support deployment of renewable energy in transport independently of the technology used

  • The Life Cycle Assessment is the only means to ensure that CO2 emissions in the transport sector are accurately and comprehensively quantified.
  • Compliance assessments for vehicle manufacturers should consider the contribution of biomethane to emissions reduction.
  • Legislation should introduce a binding obligation to increase the share of sustainably produced biofuels and renewable gases in transport.

Brussels 3 June 2021 – The European biomethane industry has launched today in the framework of the EU Green Week 2021 the paper ‘Smart CO2 standards for negative emissions mobility’, which includes three key recommendations to ensure the deployment of biomethane in transport and consequently achieve a fast, cost effective shift to carbon neutral mobility in Europe by 2050.

Emissions from transport will need to be reduced by 90% relative to 1990. According to the current trends, the transport sector will fail to contribute to the reduction in emissions required to meet EU targets. To ensure the full decarbonisation of the transport sector, Europe needs to couple electrification with the deployment of all alternative fuels and technologies.

The biomethane industry welcomes the gradual replacement of fossil fuels in the transport sector, but the replacement of these fuels should not penalise the technology they use. Internal combustion engines (ICE) are compatible with renewable fuels, including biomethane. Just as renewable electricity is compatible with the same batteries that are now mostly powered by electricity from fossil origin.

The current standards have adopted an approach to measure the emissions performance of the vehicles that considers only the CO2 emissions produced by the use of the vehicles (Tank-to-Wheel), instead of considering the emissions produced across its whole lifecycle. This penalises the deployment of ICE. However, this technology is already more performant when used with fossil gas than diesel or gasoline alternatives, and high performing when used with biomethane (bio-CNG or bio-LNG1).

The environmental performance of biomethane over its complete lifecycle is excellent and has been scientifically proved in different studies, as demonstrated in this paper. Biomethane vehicles can reach even negative emission levels depending on the feedstock and technology used, but this is not recognised by the current regulation.

The updating of the CO2 emission performance standards together with other legal frameworks (e.g. RED III or DAFI) must set out a harmonised approach that enables genuinely carbon neutral and cost effective solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in transport. Eventually, this should lead to the adoption of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach in EU vehicle legislation.

Manufacturing and recycling can represent anything from one fourth to one half of the total vehicle emissions, but are entirely omitted from the current standards. Life Cycle Assessment is the only means to ensure that CO2 emissions in the transport sector are accurately and comprehensively quantified. Considering only tailpipe emissions leaves 93% (54 tonnes/58 tonnes) of transport sector carbon emissions out of the calculation2.

The CO2 emission standards should also include a new mechanism ensuring that compliance assessments for vehicle manufacturers consider the contribution of biomethane to emissions reduction. This mechanism could take the form of a crediting system or a carbon correction factor (CCF) as a function of the renewable fuel used. If a new mechanism cannot be implemented by 2025 at the latest, then the most efficient gas vehicles should be acknowledged as low emission vehicles within the current system.

The decarbonisation of transport could also be encouraged with a binding obligation for the EU to steadily increase the share of sustainably produced biofuels and renewable gases in transport, reaching 50% in ICE and hybrid vehicles by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

The sustainable production of biomethane for the coming years is large. There is a consensus that by 2030, the biogas and biomethane sectors combined can almost double their production and by 2050, production can more than quadruple. This is equivalent to 100 million passenger vehicles or 2.5 to 5 million heavy duty vehicles (HDV), depending on the type of HDV considered.

The benefits of the use of biomethane for clean mobility go far beyond the transport sector. Biomethane is at the heart of an efficient circular economy: it is the best way to recycle organic waste, produce valuable renewable gas and biofertilisers, promote sustainable and efficient farming practices and create jobs in rural areas. The potential of biogas and biomethane was also pointed out in the recent Farm-to-Fork and Methane strategies of the European Commission.

Download the paper ‘Smart CO2 standards for negative emissions mobility

Apply To Grow Your Energy Storage Innovation With The STEPS Business Support Programme

An exciting opportunity for energy storage innovators in North-West Europe to develop their technologies opens this month. The STEPS Business Support Programme works with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and offers support to take their solutions from the test stage to market ready. Operating within North-West Europe (NWE), the free programme gives SMEs the opportunity to optimise their products and develop their technologies with real-life testing.

 

With the aim to drive energy storage innovation in the region and boost the competitiveness of its businesses, STEPS hopes to accelerate the sustainable energy transition on both a local and global scale.

 

SMEs developing energy storage solutions can apply for the call starting the 25th of May 2021.

 

Energy storage (e-storage) innovators in NWE face significant challenges in getting their solutions to the market, particularly when looking for opportunities to test their technology with real end-users. This can leave their development in a state of inertia. However, SMEs working to build a cleaner, more sustainable future should be given the tools they need to succeed and accelerate the green transition. That’s why the STEPS Business Support Programme is offering support to e-storage SMEs.

 

The programme combines business support and knowledge partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom to strengthen the competitiveness of innovative e-storage solution providers in the NWE region. A wide variety of roughly 20 testbed locations available through STEPS, allowing SMEs to bring their products closer to the market through tailored, real-life testing. With 10 partners specialised in a variety of e-storage areas – from technology to business expertise – the STEPS consortium provides a user-centric, demand-driven approach to developing e-storage solutions.

 

Knowledge and business partners will advise e-storage SMEs on entering new markets in NWE, engage with potential end-users, and increase the awareness of solution providers. Going further, STEPS will connect providers of new e-storage solutions with end-users via a business support programme to increase their technological readiness level (TRL) through real-life testing.

 

As electricity becomes a more significant part of our energy mix, the requirement to be able to store electricity will become increasingly important. Energy storage is another way that SME’s can reduce their energy costs and increase their efficiency, if they can access systems which provide low cost electricity when they need it.
Michael Doran – 3cea EU Projects Manager

 

Through the STEPS programme, e-storage innovators in the region will solve local challenges and become formidable competitors in the global market.

 

Apply to the programme via the STEPSNWE Application Form

Questions? Contact our EU Project Officer Dewi Dimyati-Vliexs – dewi@3cea.ie

For more information also see our dedicated STEPS Webpage

H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter Now Available

The H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available on our website. The fifth newsletter from the project highlights the news and updates from the first five months of 2021. There are updates from the European Pilot Sites; Gemeente Almere in The Netherlands, Province of Flemish Brabant, Kamp C in Belgium, Thoma in Germany, and our own Kilkenny, Carlow, and Wexford. There is an update on the Digital Platform being developed by Open Systems Lab . Finally, the Newsletter also gives updates on German partner EIfI-Tech’s activities in offsite & modular methods of construction as well as 3cea’s work on the long-term goals of the project.

You can download the H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter here

You can also read more on 3cea’s work on H4.0E by checking out our dedicated H4.0E website page here. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media and monthly newsletter for more regular updates on the H4.0E project.

The Role of Bioenergy in Decarbonising Ireland

On the second day of the SEAI Energy Show 2021 The Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) with 3cea CEO, Paddy Phelan, presented their thoughts on ‘The Role of Bioenergy in Decarbonising Ireland’. The presentation was chaired by Seán Finan from the IrBEA and featured Teresa Patton (Green Generation), Noel Gavigan (IrBEA), and Paddy Phelan (3cea) as panelists.

Teresa Patton Discusses Bioenergy in Transport

During the presentation, the panelists discussed some of the current uses of Bioenergy, where they believe this can go, and how Ireland is well-positioned to fully embrace Bioenergy as a renewable fuel source. Terresa Patton of Green Generation discussed the importance of a circular economy and how Green Generation is looking to take food waste and use anaerobic microbes to digest the food waste and produce biogas.

Terresa stated that the emissions in transport can be saved from using green gas and she sees long-distance trucks as being a clear target for biogas. Using a representative journey of a truck going from Dublin City Centre to the outer county region, Green Generation calculates that the truck will generate 11289 kg of Co2eq in a year. Replacing these emissions with biogas is the equivalent of planting 806 mature trees. One issue long-distance drivers will face in Ireland currently, should they choose to switch to a biogas alternative, is that there isn’t many biogas refuel stations across Ireland. This is something Green Generation believes needs to be addressed in the coming years.

Noel Gavigan Discusses Bioenergy to Meet Ireland’s Heat Demands

After Terresa Patton, Noel Gavigan discussed the potential for bioenergy production in Ireland and potential sources for that energy. Currently, the Irish heat energy demand is 56 TWh (Terra-Watt hours or 1000 GWh). However, Ireland currently has the resources to produce up to 76 TWh of heat energy from bioenergy sources. These include agriculture and food-processing by-products, through biogas production, and especially through woodchips of which we have an abundance. Noel highlighted that The IrBEA will be releasing their Heat Plan next week which will highlight where they believe the future of Irish heat energy can be sourced from, using renewable sources.

Paddy Phelan Calls for Government Focus to Shift to Bioenergy and Away From Renewable Electricity

The call from Paddy Phelan (President of IrBEA) is for government focus to shift away from renewable electricity, which has failed to meet targets in the past and has serious grid constraints, and instead begin serious consideration of bioenergy sources to meet renewable energy targets. A historical lack of sufficient policy development or supports to properly plan to decarbonize the heat and transport sector has made the past few years a frustrating time in the Irish Bioenergy sector. During his talk, Paddy highlighted how electricity accounts for 20% of Ireland’s energy demand, whereas heat accounts for 40% and emits 22% of the total C02eq emissions. This highlights a clear need to position focus on renewable heat energy, where bioenergy is well-posed to reduce carbon emissions and fulfill the Irish heat energy demands as seen from Noel’s talk.


“There have been decades of under-delivery in this Heat and Transport Renewable Electricity Targets. The 2020 Renewable Electricity Energy Targets falling well short across Heat and transport.
Renewable Electricity and Electrification of heat and transport has been the policy focus, but the reality is that with grid constraints, curtailment and grid improvement infrastructure projects are not able to keep pace with the decarbonising targets for many years now.
I believe that BioEnergy as an indigenous, locally sourced dispatchable energy source that can deliver large emissions reductions across every energy community in Ireland.”

Paddy Phelan, CEO 3cea, President IrBEA


Renewable Energy Ireland’s 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan

To support this vision of the heat energy industry, coordinated by The Irish Bioenergy Association, Renewable Energy Ireland and its members across all of the renewable sectors and technologies have come together to launch the 40 by 30 plan (or Heat Plan as described by Noel Gavigan) next week. This plan establishes a vision for 2030 on how the Irish government through comprehensive and well-thought-out actions can deliver 40% renewable heat by 2030 across. The plan has identifies the potential resources, technologies, costs and sets out a clear pathway and new vision to deliver the 7% carbon emissions reductions required.

Closing out his talk, Paddy Phelan called on government and ministers to act immediately following the publication of the 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan and adopt it from Renewable Energy Ireland into the upcoming revision of the Climate Action Plan. Paddy stated that it’s time to ramp up the supports around BioEnergy to decarbonize the sector, refocus policymakers, and deliver the required actions to support the transition of heat and transport away for fossil fuels to areas such as imported gas and oil to deliver the significant emissions reduction potential from the BioEnergy Industry.

To learn more on the role of bioenergy in decarbonising Ireland and bioenergy in Ireland see the IrBEA website

And keep an eye out on our website for the release of the 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan.