Dáil Éireann - Volume 675 - 17 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Energy Resources.

[253] 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: 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.