Document Document Type Document Name Doc Government Department / Year of Relevant Relates to RE Summary Local Hyperlinkl to website
Level Number Agency Publication Section technology type Government
National Policy/Consultati Renewable 1 Irish Energy Centre 2002 1. Scope All This consultation document proposes the strategy for the RE R,D&D programme of the IEC. The focus is to stimulate deployment of RE that are close to
on Energy and Focus market and to develop technologies which have prospects for the future.
App A, 3.2 All Often there is a lack of knowledge, experience and confidence with regard to RE amongst policy and decision makers and within the energy supply
Non- industry. Furthermore, there is often a lack of appropriate planning guidelines, and administrative or authorisation procedures to deal with proposed
Technical renewable energy projects. This is reflected in the planning process where the relatively minor local negative impacts of RE developments are
Constraints sometimes perceived by planning authorities and the general public to outweigh the national environmental benefits accruing to Ireland from increased
App B, 2.2 Biomass Biomass could commercially provide 40% of Ireland's primary energy supply…Increasingly stringent legislation regarding the disposal of sewage,
Biomass agricultural and municipal waste suggests that increased amounts of these wastes will be available for energy purposes in the future. Increases in
forestry planting will also give rise to more forest and wood residues which will potentially be used for energy production.
App B, 3.1 Solar Solar thermal technology for doemstic water heating and swimming pool appplications is now well established and commercially available across the
Solar Thermal EU and USA…Some specific Irish priorities for funding would be the development and maintenance fo a computer database/programme for the
Thermal simulation of solar thermal systems designs in buildings and allowing customisation of parameterisation for typical large Irish building designs
(hospitals, sports centres, swimming pools, etc.); development of Guidelines for...good-practice architectural integration of solar thermal components;
App B, 3.2 Passive Particular key issues for this technology include education of consumers, builders, architects, construction industry, and local authority planneers could
Passive Solar have a major impact on in the development of more passive solar design. Possible benefits may be derived from...incorporating certain minimum (or
Solar best practice) passive solar desing in Industrial Codes, guidelines or legislation. Some spcific Irish priorities for research funding...Codes of Practice for
Passive Solar Design; geographical planning (siting) of housing and commercial buildings development; integration of passive solar desing in education
and training curriculum of architects and planners; development of criteria/check-list for Passive Solar Design for planning applications.
App B, 5 Small Some specific priorities for funding would be…research into mitigation of the environmental iimpact of small-scale hydro plants in Irish rivers.
Small Hydro Hydro
App B, 6 Heat Payback priod of heat pumps is normally between 5 and 10 years. Specific priorities for funding would be development of Guidelines for Green/Solar
Ambient Pumps procurement for public buildings, good practice architectural integration of solar thermal components.
App C, 2.2 Biomass Some specific priorities for funding would be…to assess feasible LFG resource in all counties in Ireland; demonstration of best practice examples of
(c) Landfill landfil site design and operation.
National Planning Local 2 Dept of Environment 1995 Gas
All General Agenda 21, the United Nations Action Plan to achieve global sustainable development in the 21st century, calls upon local authorities worldwide to draw www.environ.ie
Guidelines authorities up Local Agenda 21’s by 1996, to promote sustainable development at the local level. The achievement of sustainable development depends on the
and integration of well-defined sustainability criteria into all programmes and activities concerning environment and development. Local authorities have a
sustainable key role to play in this regard, because of their wide-ranging responsibilities and functions in relation to the environment, planning, development, housing
development: and the provision of other physical and personal services. In Chapter 3 it suggests that LA can lead by example, including "energy conservation in
guidelines on buildings, services and use of equipment" and "giving preference to environmentally-friendly products in specifications for tenders"; "local authorities can
Local contribute to sustainability through their new housing developments and the refurbishment of older dwellings. This can include taking account of
Agenda 21 environmental factors in site selection, design and landscaping of new developments..."
National Planning Wind farm 3 Dept of Environment 1996 All Wind 1 Context: "These Guidelines are intended to facilitate planning authorities in dealing with [wind farm development] planning applications and in making www.environ.ie
Act/Guidelines development: appropriate provision in development plans for possible future proposal".
National Planning authorities
Development 4 Dept of Environment 2000 All All It is now mandatory for each local authority to include a section on RE. This document is suggested boilerplate text stating the Council’s support for www.environ.ie
Act/Guidelines plans and (Paper) / IEC government policy in RE and that they will: Endeavour to implement govt RE strategy in their own region; Actively implement a share of national RE
renewable targets on renewable energy; Seek to provide positively for development of appropriate RE sources; Seek to respond positively to RE applications that
energy have received EU support; Seek to respond positively to RE planning applications.
National Planning Planning and 5_1 Dept of Environment 2000 All All "You will look in vain for a definition of Sustainable or sustainability in the new Bill. This is not an oversight. Most people know what sustainability is and Developm www.environ.ie
Act/Guidelines Development are familiar witht the philosophy which gave birth to the concept. It was thought that a strict legal definition in the Bill itself would only serve to dampen ent Plan
Act 2000 and constrain such a dynamic concept."- Luke Griffin, DOE, Nov 1999. Strategist
5_2 Part II, Wind "S9 deals with the provision of strategic Regional Guidelines and these in turn will feed into a national spatial strategy…The provision of energy from Developm
Section 9, wind power is itself part of national energy policy. The implications of the installation of any individual wind farm will, as far as spatial planning is ent Plan
Chapter III concerned, be local. However, it seems to me that the policies of a development plan which is itself rooted and grounded in a coherent fashion in Strategist
Regional Guidelines, which in turn feed into a national spatial strategy, - the policies of such a development plan will offer far more clarity and eventually
may according to circumstances be far more accomodating of the local requirements of a national wind energy policy."- Luke Griffin, DOE, Nov 1999.
5_2 Part II, Wind, "A development plan shall include objectives for the provision or facilitation of provision of infrastructure including transport, energy and communications Developm
Section 10, Biomass, facilities…" ent Plan
2(b) Hydro Strategist
5_2 Part II, Wind, "A planning authority shall take whatever measures it considers necessary to consult with the providers of energy…inorder to ascertain any long term Developm
Section 11, Biomass, plans for the provision of the infrastructure and services in the area of the planning authority and the providers shall furnish the necessary information to ent Plan
3(c) Hydro the authority". Strategist
5_3 First Wind, Among the reasons for which an authority may reserve land are:" … for energy generation and for energy networks, including renewable energy, and for Developm
Schedule, Biomass, other networks, and for ancillary facilities to service those networks." ent Plan
Part V, Hydro Strategist
National Policy/Consultati Green paper 6 Dept of Public Section 1
1999 All General The purpose of the paper is to prompt debate on managing the energy sector in an environmentally sustainable way. The paper proposes Developm
on on Enterprise objectives:· to encourage early action across all sectors aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet our commitments under Kyoto , ent Plan
sustainable using the lowest cost options;· to conserve energy across the economy;· to promote alternative and renewable sources of energy;and to do so Strategist
energy in a way which maintains the competitiveness of the sector. www.gov.ie/tec/energy/greenpaper/
9.5 All "Government policy is to create the circumstances and conditions that will stimulate the deployment of renewable sources of energy where they have Developm
the prospect of being economically and socially attractive and to facilitate research, development and demonstration of emerging renewable energy ent Plan
technologies". One of the main planks in the Minister's strategy is the "encouragement of local involvement in renewable energy development". Strategist
13.6 All "Local Authorities have a vital role to play in relation to sustainable energy programmes and measures. The areas of particular relevance are…the Developm
drawing up of regional development plans whose scope and application can have a significant impact on efficient and environmentally friendly use of ent Plan
energy, e.g. ...land use planning, ...waste managemnet planning initiatives including the procurement of waste-to-energy themrla treatment capacity; the Strategist
granting of individual planning permissions...; the encouragement of a culture of sustainable energy use among local architects, engineers, planniers,
designers and developers;..."
National Policy/Consultati Sustainable 7 Dept of Environment 1997 Sustainable development has been defined as development which meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future www.environ.ie
on Development generations to meet their own needs. The National Sustainable Development Strategy is designed to apply considerations of sustainability more
: A strategy systematically to Irish economic policies and to integrate them into associated decision-making processes.
National Policy/Consultati National 8 Policy 1999 2.22 All In relation to sustainable development: "the main environmental challenges which must be addressed by the NDP and other policy measures www.ndp.ie
on Development include…meeting our Kyoto commitment to limit our production of greenhouse gas emissions."
2006) 4.65 “In the energy sector, a key priority in the National Development Plan will be to identify those areas of expenditure which will assist Ireland in complying
with its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Convention on Climate Change. The strategy will be to pursue least cost approaches to achieving
more sustainable energy devices and systems. There will be a pronounced emphasis on economic instruments such as emissions trading to give
incentives to CO2 emitters and energy users to reduce emissions costs effectively.”
4.66 “Special efforts will also be necessary to expand the use of renewable energy and to promote the development of technology which contributes to CO2
4.128 In relation to rural impact - “Investment in telecommunications and energy will be mainly concentrated in more peripheral areas where the market alone
is unlikely to provide and this should be of direct benefit to the surrounding rural areas.”
13.4 The EU Commission has identified regional competitiveness as one of three strategic priorities for Community Policies.
13.5 Under Regional competitiveness, one of the priorities identified by the Commission for consideration for assistance is investment in energy (efficiency
13.9 “In recognition of the potential that the development of alternative energies has to contribute to sustainable development and to achieving Kyoto limits
and in line with Community Priorities, the Plan proposed Structural Funds expenditure of support investment in respect of this in the Economic and
Social Infrastructure Operational Programme.
13.21 In relation to environmental impact and sustainable development in the context of compliance with EU and national policies: “Under the Treaty of
Amsterdam, the Union’s financial instruments are required to work, simultaneously and in the long term interest, towards…sustainable
development…this means that environmental and nature protection legislation must be incorporated into the definition and implementation of measures
supported by the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. This will help the Union to comply with its international commitments such as those
concerning climate change at Kyoto…Achieving [the Irish] target will prove extremely difficult in the context of rapid economic growth.
13.22 "The establishment of a system of eco-audit of policies is a key environmental priority in the Government’s ‘An Action Programme for the Millenium.’ In
addition, ‘Sustainable Development – a Strategy for Ireland,’ undertook to develop within three years, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
system for major sectoral plans and programmes.”
13.28 In relation to compliance with existing international obligations to reduce sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and ammonia production – “meeting these
targets will require significant action in the energy, industry, transport and agriculture sectors.”
National Policy/Consultati National 9 Dept of Environment 2000 Ch 10 All The NCCS outlines the strategy to meet Ireland's commitment to limit greenhouse gases emissions to a 13% increase over 1990 leves by 2008-2012.
on Climate Some of the key points relating to Renewable Energy in the strategy include: the reduction of annual CO2 emissions by 1 million toones by 2010 through
Change increased deployment of RE; review of rate and structure of Energy Taxes; fuel switching from coal to RE. Chapter 10 deals specifically with the role of
Strategy Local Authorities. "In the development of Performance Indicators to measur the efficiency levels achieved by local authorities, one of the criteria will be
the contribution the local authority has made to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their areas of direct responsibility, and towards
controls and reductions in their local communities" and "Local authorities play a particularly important role in relation to greenhouse gas reductions in a
number of sectors, including opportunties in the planning...sector,...and in relation to emisssions from their own activities".
Ch 10 Land fill gas "Local authorities had particular responsibilities in relation to waste management, the source of 17% of CH4 emissions in 1990… Emissions of CH4 from
the waste sector arises from the anaerobic decomposition, in landfill, of wastes containing carbon. Up to 50% of this can be recovered from modern
landfill in practice, and flared off or used in the production of electricity", and " The installation of landfill gas recovery in the period to 2010 will double
existing landfill gas generating capacity (from 12MW to 25MW installed capacity)...This energy recovery from land fill and thermal treatment will displace
0.8Mt CO2 equivalent from fossil fuel electricity generation."
National Policy/Consultati A Strategy 10 Dept of Public 2000 Section 3 - Wind This strategy was produced in response to needs identified in the Green Paper on Sustainable Energy. The principle conclusion of the Group was that
on for Enterprise Spatial three key elements, Electricity Market, Electricity Network and Spatial Planning , need to be integrated into a plan led approach to wind energy
Intensifying (Renewable Energy Planning deployment. With regard to Spatial Planning, this process involves identifying areas which are deemed suitable or unsuitable for wind energy
Wind Energy Strategy Group) development, under the categories of "Strategic areas", "Preferred Areas", "Areas open for consideration" and "No-Go Areas". These areas may be
Deployment identified by the Local Authorities or on a regional or national basis and should all be incorporated into Local Authority development plans. In this way,
the plan led approach should identify where wind energy should be developed. http://www.irlgov.ie/tec/energy/renewable/
National Planning Fishery 1992 All
11 Dept of the Marine and Natural Resources Hydro A hydro-electric scheme can damage a fishery; this resource must be protected and taken into consideration in the planning stage of a hydro-electric
Act/Guidelines Consideratio scheme. This paper sets out some general guidelines on fishery aspects which should be taken into account.
ns for Hydro-