Saturday 22 October 2016

Ireland will hit renewable targets

Published 19/09/2015 | 02:30

Minister Alex White
Minister Alex White

Communications Minister Alex White has said he is confident that Ireland will meet international renewable energy targets by 2020.

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Mr White told a conference in Dublin yesterday that we are half way along on the path to meet the target of having 16pc of our energy use from renewable targets by 2020.

"We will transform Ireland's energy production and consumption patterns so that, by 2050, our system is largely decarbonised. Our first target is to meet 16pc of our energy use from renewables by 2020," he said.

"We are currently at around 8pc and steadily on the rise. I am confident that, with effort and vigilance, we will meet this commitment."

Mr White's confidence was backed up by the European Commission's vice president for energy union, Maros Sefcovic, who said he had trust in the Government when it claimed it would meet the targets.

"We are monitoring the process and we are in frequent discussions. I believe that Ireland will hit the targets," Mr Sefcovic told the Irish Independent.

"We will see what will happen as we get much closer to the deadline. We have quite some time to go and if the Government has a policy in place which is clearly indicating that the targets would be hit so we trust the Government."

Irish Independent

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