Tea­gasc voices dis­ap­point­ment with demise of bio­fuel in­dus­try

Irish Independent - Farming - - Front Page -

THE demise of the bio­fuel in­dus­try was de­scribed as “dis­ap­point­ing” by Tea­gasc di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Gerry Boyle.

He blamed this de­vel­op­ment on the Bio­fuel Obli­ga­tion Scheme(BOS).

Un­der this scheme, 4pc of trans­port fuel sold in the coun­try is to be bio­fuel.

How­ever, sup­pli­ers have found it cheaper to im­port the prod­uct to ful­fil this 4pc obliga- tion, with the re­sult­ing ef­fect that four biodiesel plants in Ire­land and four pure plant oil pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties are moth­balled.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to wit­ness the demise of this in­dus­try, which was built up with great ef­fort, at a time when it is most needed,” said Prof Boyle.

Ire­land had legal obli­ga­tions to cut green­house gas emis­sions by 20pc by 2020 and pro­duce 16pc of our en­ergy needs from re­new­able sources by the same year, Shane McEn­tee, Min­is­ter of State at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, told the Tul­lam­ore con­fer­ence.

How­ever, those in at­ten­dance were dis­ap­pointed the Min­is­ter didn’t give a clear com­mit­ment to re­solv­ing the RE­FIT im­passe and stream­lin­ing the range of de­part­ments and agen­cies with a re­mit in the sec­tor.

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