Amarenco Solar has called for an Oireachtas debate to discuss the findings of the EPA that Ireland is unlikely to meet 2020 EU greenhouse gas emission targets. The company has cautioned that the Government is ignoring potentially hundreds of millions of euro of fines if Ireland fails to meet the binding renewable targets for heat, transport and electricity.
John Mullins, CEO, Amarenco said: “Amarenco welcomes the statement by the EPA today on greenhouse gas emissions, as it is the first clear statement from a Government body that Ireland will not meet its renewable and greenhouse gas targets by 2020. Ireland will then be subject to fines running to hundreds of millions of euros. The tax payer will foot this annual fine, a bill that could be much higher than the absorbed water charge bill that has been agreed this week in the Oireachtas.
Mullins continued: “The penetration of renewable sources is currently less than 10% of total energy production and our binding target in 2020 is 16%.
“There is no one silver bullet which will solve this issue, especially in the context of high economic growth. The Government should deploy all available energy supply and energy reduction technologies, without delay. We would like to see the same debate intensity at Oireachtas level on this impending crisis as there has been on the water issue over the last number of weeks,” Mullins said.
The IFA have are also worried
James Murphy, IFA Renewables Project Team Chairman has called on Climate and Energy Minister Denis Naughten to urgently progress plans to introduce supports for farm scale and community renewable projects, as emissions from transport and energy continue to spiral out of control.
Speaking following today’s launch by the EPA of national greenhouse gas figures, he said, “Climate gases from agriculture have reduced by 5.5% since 1990, with emissions from transport increasing by 130% over the same time period. This is not a reason for inaction in agriculture; farming can do more particularly in bioenergy and farm scale and community based renewables.”
“To achieve this Minister Naughten must immediately put in place the long-awaited National Energy Forum to develop a coherent policy framework.
“More importantly, this must be supported with meaningful tariff supports for farm scale and community based energy production,” James Murphy concluded.