Dáil Éireann - Volume 675 - 17 February, 2009
Written Answers. - Energy Resources.
Deputy Ciarán Lynch Deputy Ciarán Lynch
 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the target set nationally to obtain energy from natural resources; the percentage of the energy needs here which will be obtained from renewable energy sources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6010/09]
Deputy Eamon Ryan Deputy Eamon Ryan
Deputy Eamon Ryan: The accelerated development of renewable energy resources is a key priority for the Government. The displacement of fossil fuels and the integration of renewable energy into the national energy mix is a key imperative for future energy security and sustainability, and the reduction of emissions.
The Government has set ambitious targets to increase the contribution of renewable energy as follows:
the electricity sector to 40% by 2020
12% of the heat sector by 2020 and
10% of the transport sector by 2020.
These targets are fully reflected in the overall renewable energy target set for Ireland’s under the new EU Renewable Energy Directive.
Dáil Éireann 675 Written Answers. Energy Resources.