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Energy White Papers on 'Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland? : The Energy Policy Framework 2007-2020'

legislation type Executive
Passed in 2007
This document is a practical, action-based to achieve a new, sustainable energy future for Ireland. This White Paper was informed by the outcome of the consultation process on the Government's Green Paper on Energy Policy, where over 100 submissions were received and discussions with key stakeholders were held.
The White Paper calls for four objectives: security of energy supply; sustainability of energy supply and use; competitiveness of energy supply; and integrated approach to deliver energy policy objectives. The document also presents strategic goals that underpin the abovementioned goals.

 Strategic goals to achieve security of energy supply are:
1) To ensure that electricity supply meets demand consistently
2) To ensure the physical security and reliability of gas supplies to Ireland
3) To enhance the diversity of fuels used for power generation
4) To deliver electricity and gas to homes and businesses over efficient, reliable and secure networks
5) To create a stable attractive environment for hydrocarbon exploration and production
6)To be prepared for energy supply disruptions
 Strategic goals to promote the sustainability of energy supply and use are:
7) To address climate change by reducing energy related GHG emissions
8) To accelerate the growth of renewable energy sources
9) To promote the sustainable use of energy in transport
10) To deliver an integrated approach to the sustainable development and use of bio-energy resources
11) To maximize energy efficiency and energy savings across the economy
12) To accelerate Energy Research Development and Innovation Programmes in support of sustainable energy goals
 Strategic goals to enhance the competitiveness of energy supply are:
 13) To deliver competition and consumer choice in the energy market
 14) To deliver the All-Island Energy Market Framework
 15) To ensure that regulatory framework meets the evolving energy policy challenges
 16) To ensure a sustainable future for semi-state energy enterprises
 17) To ensure affordable energy for everyone
 18) To create jobs, growth and innovation in the energy sector
 Strategic goals for integrated delivery of energy policy objectives are:
 19) To strengthen national capabilities in the energy policy field
 20) To ensure Government-as-a-whole approach to energy policy
 21) To reach out to stakeholders in implementing strategic goals for energy
 22) To ensure accountability and transparency through regular process reporting and review


  • 10% transport energy from renewable by 2020
    Transportation | Base year target | Target year: 2020 | Base year: 2020
  • 16% renewable of total energy consumed by 2020
    Energy | Base year target | Target year: 2020 | Base year: 2020
  • 20% energy efficiency improvement (31,925 GWh saved energy) by 2020 against a 2009 baseline
    Energy | Base year target | Target year: 2020 | Base year: 2009
  • 80-95% cut in GHG emissions by 2050 compared with a 1990 baseline
    Economy-wide | Base year target | Target year: 2050 | Base year: 1990
  • Zero or negative emissions by 2100
    Economy-wide | Base year target | Target year: 2100 | Base year: 2100
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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