Ireland set to miss 2020 renewable energy targets

1st February 2017



The Green Party today called on the Government to ramp up ambition in Ireland’s renewable energy sector, following a European Commission progress report showing that Ireland is set to miss it’s legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets.

The report, released today, shows that the EU as a whole will meet it’s 20% renewable targets by 2020, but reveals that Ireland may be forced to use ‘statistical transfers’ to meet our reductions targets – which could cost the State millions.

Speaking in reaction the report, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “While it is a positive that the EU as a whole will get 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, it highlights a lack of ambition regarding renewable energy here in Ireland. We have done quite well on wind energy in recent years, but we need to scale up our ambition when it comes to solar PV and offshore wind.

“In areas like renewable heat, renewable transport, retrofitting buildings and supporting the rollout of electric vehicles we need to be showing much more urgency. Making the transition to a low carbon economy will be good for the economy and for society. We have everything to gain by making the switch.”