Ireland

Ireland's National Energy and Climate Plan

Executive
Plan
Passed in 2020
The National Energy and Climate (ENCP) Plan is a ten-year integrated document mandated by the European Union to each of its member states in order for the EU to meet its overall greenhouse gases emissions targets.  The Energy and Climate Plan addresses all five dimensions of the EU Energy Union: decarbonisation, energy efficiency, energy security, internal energy markets and research, innovation and competitiveness.  

The plan establishes key measures to address the five dimensions of the EU Energy Union : 

1) Decarbonisation : to reduce emissions from sectors outside the EU's Emissions Trading System, carbon pricing to create behavioural change and avoid locking in carbon intensive technologies, eliminate non-recyclable plastic and impose higher fees on the production of materials which are difficult to recycle, promote the increased use of domestic harvested wood in longer lived product, mainstream biodiversity across the decision making process in the State, increase electricity generated from renewable sources to 70%, etc;
2) Energy efficiency : to set stricter requirements for new buildings and substantial refurbishment, 600,000 heatpumps installed over the period 2021-2030, scale-up and improve the Sustainable Energy Communities and Better Energy Communities, etc; 
3) Energy security : to support efforts to increase indigenous renewable sources in the energy mix, including wind, solar and bioenergy, etc; 
4) Internal energy market : continue to deepen the integration of IRL’s wholesale electricity market and its regulation with the EU internal energy market (IEM), etc;
5) Research, innovation and competitivenes : to increase investment in knowledge-based capital, to strengthen delivery of public funding for basic and applied research to meet Ireland’s decarbonisation objectives, etc. 

Documents
  • To reduce emissions from sectors outside the EU's Emissions Trading System by 30% compared to 2005.

    Economy-wide | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2005
  • To achieve a 34% share of renewable energy in energy consumption by 2030.
    Energy | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
  • To increase electricity generated from renewable sources to 70%.
    Energy | Fixed level target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
  • Achieving at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030.
    Energy | Trajectory target | Target year: 2030 | Base year: 2020
from the Grantham Research Institute
from the Grantham Research Institute
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