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Friday 9 December 2016

Teagasc voices disappointment with demise of biofuel industry

Published 26/04/2011 | 05:00

Agriculture Minister Shane McEntee; Barry Caslin, of Teagasc; and Prof Gerry Boyle, Teagasc director, share a joke at the bioenergy conference in Tullamore
Agriculture Minister Shane McEntee; Barry Caslin, of Teagasc; and Prof Gerry Boyle, Teagasc director, share a joke at the bioenergy conference in Tullamore

The demise of the biofuel industry was described as "disappointing" by Teagasc director Professor Gerry Boyle.

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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 obligation, 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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