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IrBEA launches shipments in Ireland Report: Road to halving emissions

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) “Irish Transport: The Road to Halving Emissions-Ambitious Emission Reduction and Responding to the Role of Sustainable Bioenergy in the Irish Transport Sector”.. This report was produced by UCC MaREI on behalf of IrBEA.

The report shows that Ireland has a clear path to halving transport emissions through the introduction of a combination of policy interventions and measures such as electrification, increased biofuel mix, biomethane and driver efficiency measures. It is clearly shown. There is no single solution to decarbonize the transport sector, but by using a combination of different fuels, technologies and operational efficiency measures, emissions from the transport sector can be halved by 2030. I can.

At the launch of the report, Paddy Phelan, President of IrBEA, said:2 Emission reduction ambitions set out in the 2021 National Climate Action Plan. “

“This report, produced by Dr. Paul Dean of UCC MaREI and his team, calls for government action and recognizes the powerful role of sustainable bioenergy. Biolikids (ethanol, biodiesel, HVO) and Bioenergy, such as biogas / biomethane, is a unique source of locally sourced energy that can achieve significant emission reductions across the Irish transport sector.

The report identifies various decarbonization options and policy interventions required by the government to reduce transport emissions by 51%, including:

  • Offering to the government has expressed more than 940,000 ambitions Electric car Avoid about 2 million tonnes of CO in 20302..
  • Increase Sustainable bio liquid blend rate Gasoline and diesel (minimum 10% ethanol and 12% biodiesel) under the Climate Change Plan can avoid an additional 400,000 tonnes of CO.2.2. Keep in mind that early action is the key to achieving higher cumulative emission savings.
  • Measurement of efficiency and behavior By 2030, we will reduce ground transportation fuel consumption by 17% and avoid 4.7 million tonnes of CO in accordance with Climate Change Countermeasures 2019.2..
  • 5TWh target Indigenous biomethane Production for heavy transport (3% of land area) avoids about 1 million tonnes of CO2..
  • 2TWh target Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) Avoid about 400,000 tons of CO2.2. Note: Sweden has increased the mix of HVO and diesel from 0TWh in 2011 to 14TWh in 2018.

Report author Dr. Paul Deane of UCC MaREI said: Challenge.

“The analysis we conducted shows that 35% of renewable energy in transportation ambition can directly contribute to Ireland’s 51% greenhouse gas emission reduction target by 2030.”

James Cogan, Leader of the IrBEA Transport Subgroup, said: Emissions are actually increasing, and halving emissions by 2030 means halving diesel and gasoline usage by 2030. Sustainable biofuels have already saved more than 500,000 tons of carbon emissions annually, and their contribution could more than double by 2030. “

Seán Finan, CEO of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), concludes: We urge Minister Ryan and the Government to adopt and implement the proposals, ambitions and measures outlined in this report. We call for the immediate launch of support, policy interventions for renewable transport, and especially sustainable bioenergy measures. We hope that governments will be more aware of the role that sustainable bioenergy, including bioliquids and biomethanes, can play in migrating the transportation sector from fossil fuels. The recently announced Climate Action Plan has not yet determined measures to eliminate an additional 4 million tonnes of carbon emissions. Increasing bioenergy deployment and ambition in transport through the biofuel obligation scheme is a clear choice. “

Some key numbers in the report:

  • In 2020, biofuels reduced carbon per basic energy unit by 84% compared to fossil fuels.
  • Biofuels will account for 5% of total road energy consumption in 2020.
  • Biofuels have avoided about 520,000 tonnes of CO2 Emissions in 2020.
  • Sustainable biofuels make up 98% of renewable energy in Ireland’s transport. The remaining 2% is electricity.
  • Less than 1% of road transport consumption came from crop-based fuels. The EU average is 4%.
  • 68% of all Irish biofuels are from spent cooking oil and 15% are from animal fats.
  • 33% of the raw materials used to make biofuels were imported from China and 14% of the raw materials were supplied from Ireland.
  • SEAI estimates that the potential for bioenergy is equal to 30% of today’s energy usage.
  • All fuels met sustainability requirements according to the biofuel obligation scheme.
  • Sustainable bioliquids are cost competitive.
  • The current cost per unit of carbon to be avoided is € 250-350 per ton of CO.2 For battery-powered electric vehicles, for plug-in hybrid vehicles, it is higher than the estimate of 110-280 euros per ton of carbon avoided by bioliquids and biomethanes.
  • Renewable energy in transportation should increase from 4% today to 35% in 2030 to realize government ambitions.
  • Indigenous biomethane is an undeveloped resource that can reduce in-transport emissions by 1 million tonnes while promoting emission reductions in both agriculture and land use.
  • In Ireland, more than 35 billion kilometers were driven by private cars in 2018.

IrBEA launches shipments in Ireland Report: Road to halving emissions IrBEA launches shipments in Ireland Report: Road to halving emissions

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