EAI welcomes new renewable heat support scheme

The Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI), the representative body for the electricity sector on the island of Ireland, welcomes today's announcement that the Government plans to introduce a national Support Scheme for Renewable Heat.

Owen Wilson, CEO of EAI, said: “We welcome today's announcement because the successful decarbonisation of Ireland’s economy is dependent on all sectors making an emissions reduction contribution. We recognise that there are real challenges in this, particularly in agriculture, which is why decarbonisation can only be achieved through a range of cross-sectoral measures.

“In particular we’re delighted to see the support for heat pumps in this scheme, which we believe are uniquely positioned to enable Ireland to increase its pace of decarbonisation to meet EU targets and sustain a strong economy. Energy efficiency measures (resulting in lower energy demand) when combined with electric heating affectively moves the energy production from the non-ETS into the ETS sector enhancing the probability of Ireland meeting its EU heating sector decarbonisation targets.”

The Irish electricity industry is committed to decarbonising its activities and recently commissioned PwC to produce a report detailing a least-cost path to achieving Ireland’s decarbonisation targets. The PwC roadmap would see a 92% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (vs 1990 levels) from the electricity sector, an 80% reduction from the heat sector and a 94% reduction in the transport sector. It outlines a range of technologies and suggested phasing to achieve Ireland’s 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets.