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Ireland's National Energy and Climate Plan

legislation type Executive
Plan
Passed in 2020
The National Energy and Climate (ENCP) Plan is a ten-year integrated document mandated by the European Union to each of its member states in order for the EU to meet its overall greenhouse gases emissions targets.  The Energy and Climate Plan addresses all five dimensions of the EU Energy Union: decarbonisation, energy efficiency, energy security, internal energy markets and research, innovation and competitiveness.  

The plan establishes key measures to address the five dimensions of the EU Energy Union : 

1) Decarbonisation : to reduce emissions from sectors outside the EU's Emissions Trading System, carbon pricing to create behavioural change and avoid locking in carbon intensive technologies, eliminate non-recyclable plastic and impose higher fees on the production of materials which are difficult to recycle, promote the increased use of domestic harvested wood in longer lived product, mainstream biodiversity across the decision making process in the State, increase electricity generated from renewable sources to 70%, etc;
2) Energy efficiency : to set stricter requirements for new buildings and substantial refurbishment, 600,000 heatpumps installed over the period 2021-2030, scale-up and improve the Sustainable Energy Communities and Better Energy Communities, etc; 
3) Energy security : to support efforts to increase indigenous renewable sources in the energy mix, including wind, solar and bioenergy, etc; 
4) Internal energy market : continue to deepen the integration of IRL’s wholesale electricity market and its regulation with the EU internal energy market (IEM), etc;
5) Research, innovation and competitivenes : to increase investment in knowledge-based capital, to strengthen delivery of public funding for basic and applied research to meet Ireland’s decarbonisation objectives, etc. 

Documents

  • To reduce emissions from sectors outside the EU's Emissions Trading System by 30% compared to 2005.

    Economy-wide | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2005
  • To achieve a 34% share of renewable energy in energy consumption by 2030.
    Energy | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
  • To increase electricity generated from renewable sources to 70%.
    Energy | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
  • Achieving at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.
    Energy | Trajectory target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
  • annual 7% GHG emission reduction between 2021 and 2030
    Economy-wide | Target year: 2030
  • Reduce emissions from sectors outside the EU's Emissions Trading System by 30% (relative to 2005 levels) by 2030
    Economy-wide | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2005
  • 34% share of renewable energy in energy consumption by 2030
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • 70% renewable electricity generation by 2030
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • At least 3.5 GW of offshore renewable energy by 2030
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • Up to 1.5 GW of grid scale solar energy by 2030
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • Onshore wind capacity of up to 8.2 GW by 2030
    Energy | Target year: 2030
  • 936,000 EVs by 2030
    Transport | Target year: 2030
  • 500,000 homes retrofitted to a B2 Building Energy Rating or cost optimal equivalent by 2030
    Buildings | Target year: 2030
  • One third of commercial (including mixed use) buildings to have a B BER (or carbon equivalent gains) by 2030
    Buildings | Target year: 2030
  • 600,000 heat pumps installed over the period 2021-2030
    Buildings | Target year: 2030
  • A 50% energy efficiency target for the Public Sector by 2030
    Buildings | Target year: 2030
  • an average of 8,000 ha per annum of newly planted forest between 2021-2030
    LULUCF | Target year: 2030
  • at least 40,000 ha per annum of reduced management intensity of grasslands on drained organic soils
    LULUCF | Target year: 2030
  • Reduce CO2 eq. emissions from the electricity sector by 50–55% relative to 2030 Pre-NDP projections
    Energy | Target year: 2030 | Base year: pre-NDP 2030 projections
  • Reduce CO2 eq. emissions from the transport sector by 45–50% relative to 2030 pre-NDP projections
    Transport | Target year: 2030 | Base year: pre-NDP 2030 projections
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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