Peat represents around10% to 15% of the energy used to generate electricity and is due for phasing out by 2028 not immediately. The heritage and biodiversity value of peat is more important than the emissions arising from using it.
Would stopping beef and dairy production in the whole west of Ireland result In less exports rather than a need for imports?
The target is to achieve 70pc renewable electricity by 2030. This will involve the phasing out of coal and peat-fired electricity generation plants. ESB's Moneypoint plant will close by 2025. Bord na Móna will transition away from peat by 2028.
Peat was responsible for 3.4 million tonnes of emissions in Ireland during 2016, of which 75 per cent was for electricity and 25 per cent in residential heating (which is about 9 per cent of carbon emissions from total fossil fuel use (including coal, oil, gas and peat). Phasing out that heat component will make a big difference to Ireland’s emissions.
The peat issue was so glaring, the Government’s independent Climate Change Advisory Council repeatedly said Bord na Móna should get out of peat a lot sooner than envisaged, though it underlined the need for “a just transition” for workers and communities affected. Its chairman Prof John FitzGerald has gone further, hitting out at the perverse decision to continue subsidising peat-fired electricity generation stations until 2030 – consumers pay for this through the public service obligation (PSO), a levy added to their electricity bill.
[/QUOT the fact of the matter is no matter what is used to generate energy there will always be waste the choice that has to be made is which waste is most harmful to the lives of every mammal on the planet on that basis burning turf is way down the list if you look down on earth from outer space the most of the planet is lit up with street lights how much more harm is that doing compared to burning turf in a fire there is a hidden agenda behind all this crap and MONEY is the real target and not global warming or climate change so people need to cop on.