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Policy and Targets


Policy and Targets

Ireland’s target under the 2009 EU renewable energy Directive (2009/28/EC) is for 16% of the country’s total energy consumption to be derived from renewable energy sources by 2020. The only other target that is explicitly referred to in the directive is a minimum 10% transport target.

In the 2007 Energy White Paper, the Irish Government, anticipating the European energy policy decision to increase the aggregate share of renewable energy across the EU to 20%, decided to set a 10% renewable transport target, a 12% renewable heat target and a 33% renewable electricity target. The electricity target was subsequently increased to 40% in the 2009 carbon budget.  Based on predicted energy demand levels in 2020, it is estimated that these figures are adequate to ensure we meet the binding 16% target - as per the 2009 Directive.

EirGrid has a vital role to play in helping to deliver all government policy and targets in relation to renewable energy and is fully committed to playing its role in developing a sustainable energy future for Ireland.