Date: 25 Nov 2021
Publication of Renewable Energy for Transport Policy Statement 2021-2023.
Minister Eamon Ryan has announced the publication of Renewable Energy for Transport Policy Statement 2021-2023.
The Policy Statement sets out a framework for the supply and use of renewable fuels in transport energy in meeting targets set out in the Climate Action Plan 2021 and European obligations for renewable energy supply and use in transport.
This Statement is a crucial phase in the delivery of the targets for decarbonising land transport and for increased use of renewable fuels in our transport system.
Transport accounts for more than 20% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, the Climate Action Plan 2021 outlines several actions to significantly reduce emissions by 2030. One of these requirements is incrementally raising the proportion of biofuels blended into petrol and diesel between now and 2030; thereby “meeting 3.7 per cent of the overall carbon reduction challenge”. The next increase will commence on 1st January 2022.
According to Minister Eamon Ryan: “The Renewable Fuels for Transport Policy Statement establishes an ambitious pathway for transport fuels to achieve our target of a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030. Further commitments include incentives to develop the supply of renewable fuels including advanced biofuels and alternative transport fuels such as green hydrogen and biomethane, while ensuring the maintenance of the highest standards of sustainability of biofuel supply from source.”
Additionally, this policy highlights supports for the heavy-duty vehicle sectors which will continue in 2022 under the Alternatively Fuelled Heavy Duty Vehicles Grant and the Accelerated Capital Allowance scheme now applying to hydrogen propelled vehicles.
To read the full policy statement click HERE.