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Government has no imagination when it comes to renewable energy – Stanley

27 February, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking this afternoon at the Oireachtas Committee on our 2020 Renewable Energy targets, where the discussion was in relation to biofuels, Brian Stanley TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action, said that this State is a way behind in terms of developing a wide portfolio of renewable energy sources.

The Laois TD said:

“When it comes to renewable energy, this State has shown a complete lack of vision and thrown all our eggs into one basket. There is a virtual complete reliance on onshore wind but a wide portfolio of energy sources is needed to replace fossil fuels and combat climate change.

“Sinn Féin put forward a paper in January on biogas. An EU Commission report highlights this State as having one of the best resources in Europe for biogas. This is a sustainable form of gas produced from farm and animal waste. It is well developed across Europe and yet we are not out of the blocks in terms of its development.

“This is an energy source that can be used to complement the intermittent nature of wind, and this must form as the vital energy mix, if we are ever to replace fossil fuels. The energy supply of the future will be from many different sources, used to complement each other. A major change in government policy needs to happen to create the use of renewable indigenous sustainable energy sources such as biogas, biomass, geo-thermal, solar and hydro. These are all needed to combat climate change and to replace fossil fuels.” 

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