BioPAD partners make submissions to the consultation on the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland

Two of the Republic of Ireland BioPAD partners (the WDC and IrBEA- the Irish Bioenergy Association- an associate partner) have made submissions to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland.

This Green Paper is taking a long-term look at the policy, regulatory and societal interventions we need to make in the coming years. Government, industry, system operators and the public will all need to make sound, evidence-based choices. The Green Paper is set out under six Priority Themes which are:

1. Empowering Energy Citizens;

2. Markets, Regulation and Prices;

3. Planning and Implementing Essential Energy Infrastructure;

4. Ensuring a Balanced and Secure Energy Mix;

5. Putting the Energy System on a Sustainable Pathway; and

6. Driving Economic Opportunity.

Both of the BioPAD partners emphasised the importance of developing our indigenous bioenergy resources and highlighted the contribution these can make to employment and driving economic opportunity.

The WDC submission is available at: http://www.biopad.eu/wp-content/uploads/WDC-response-Energy-Green-Paper-consultation-31.07.14.pdf

The IrBEA submission is available at http://www.irbea.ie/images/documents/irbea_response_dcenr_green_paper_july2014_final.pdf

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Developing a local bioenergy market can provide significant opportunities for rural and remote areas, by improving security of energy supply, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions and stimulating the local economy by creating jobs and keeping payments for energy within the local community. A new project, BioPAD (Bioenergy Proliferation and Deployment), which targets the Northern Periphery of Europe, aims to ensure that bioenergy becomes more widely used and that awareness of the opportunities it provides are increased. The project will help the development of bioenergy and improve our understanding of the links between supply and demand by looking at supply chains for a variety of bioenergy fuels and different ways of converting these fuels into sustainable energy. Understanding the supply chains and the ways bioenergy moves from fuel source to energy provision will help the establishment of robust and efficient supply services which can match local demand. BioPAD is led by the Western Development Commission www.wdc.ie (Ireland) and is funded under the ERDF Interreg IVB Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) http://www.northernperiphery.eu
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