The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has published the Energy (Bio-Fuel Obligation and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2010 to establish a biofuel obligation and to give effect to provisions contained in the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC). Under the Directive there is a requirement for 10 per cent of energy used in transport in each Member State to be renewable by the year 2020 and bio fuels will be used to deliver this target as well as providing a means of reducing emissions from transport sources.

Biofuel means means liquid or gaseous fuel for transport produced from biodegradable or biological sources.

The Bill provides for:

  • the increased supply of biofuel in the State by means of a biofuel obligation requiring that a specified amount of road transport fuel is biofuel
  • imposition of a levy on relevant disposals of biofuel
  • additional functions for the National Oil Reserves Agency to administer the biofuel obligation
  • amendment of the National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007, the Fuels (Control of Supplies) Act 1971, the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 and the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006