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Spring 2015 European Energy Innovation


supports the EU level ambition us with information on aggregate for how emissions targets are
for climate and energy to 2030, ambition. In the course of those met in the context of Climate
and welcomes the conclusions of negotiations, I saw for myself and Energy Policy. Ireland’s first
the October European Council, the complexity and seriousness National Energy Efficiency Fund
including in relation to agriculture. of the issues facing us this year. was launched in March 2014. The
Ireland will make a cost effective, In addition to detailed technical Fund will make finance available
achievable and fair contribution negotiations, a concerted to support energy efficiency
to the realisation of the overall effort at political level will be measures in both the public and
EU ambition, which will need to needed in order to deliver. The commercial sectors.
take full account of our specific recent Geneva meeting (8-13
economic circumstances. We February) has ensured that the Bioenergy can also play an
are actively engaging with the June session (1-12 June) will important role in reducing
Commission and Council on this get straight to work on what is emissions across the electricity,
basis, supported by expert advice now a fully Party-owned text but transport and heat sectors. Ireland
and rigorous economic modelling. there is still much to do. A legally is in the process of developing
binding agreement in Paris can a Bioenergy Plan. The draft plan
2015 will be a decisive year in be achieved but it will require recommends the introduction of
climate policy. We are all aware a sustained effort by all Parties a renewable heat incentive (RHI)
of the importance of securing a if the necessary progress is to for larger heat users to change
global legally-binding agreement be made. The Paris outcome, to heating solutions that produce
on climate change at COP21 in which Ireland believes should heat from renewable sources.
Paris this December if we are to set be a Protocol to ensure the legal
the world on a more sustainable certainty necessary, will need Ireland’s Offshore Renewable
low-carbon pathway consistent to deliver a clear signal that the Energy Development Plan
with the goal of keeping average world’s Governments are serious provides a framework for the
global temperature rise to below about addressing this issue, and sustainable development of
2 degrees Celsius. As part of that the international rules-base Ireland’s offshore renewable
the EU, we are committed to will be strengthened to ensure we energy resources and sets out
playing our part in reaching that can accurately measure progress a vision of how these resources
historic agreement; the EU INDC, towards our shared goal, as well can contribute to our economic
based on the October European as recognising and encouraging development and sustainable
Council Conclusions, will be a key the contribution of non-state growth.
contribution to global aggregate actors.
ambition. In Ireland, we are All energy stakeholders, including
currently further developing our Ireland also recognises the the general public, have an
national structures to facilitate benefits of increasing energy important role to play in the safe
transition to a low-carbon efficiency and the share of and sustainable development
economy as part of that broader renewable energy in our fuel of our energy sector. A well-
effort. mix, both from an economic and informed and robust debate on
environmental perspective. We energy matters can result in a
Lima COP20 delivered on welcome the recognition that shared vision of sustainability,
some key aspects that the EU energy efficiency and renewable affordability and security of
had prioritised including a energy have an important supply, with broad support for
requirement for quantifiable contribution to make to the an energy policy that meets
up-front information and a overall 2030 EU goals. These the needs of this and the next
synthesis report that will provide sectors are of key importance generation. l
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