EU Renewable Energy Directive target

Every EU Member States has a mandatory renewable energy in transport target to achieve by 2020.  For Ireland,  it is set out that 10% of Ireland’s energy must be renewable in the transport sector.  In 2010, the Government put in place the Biofuels Obligation Scheme to assist Ireland in its effort to meet this obligation.   This scheme ensures that a proportion of the transport fuel used in the State consists of environmentally sustainable biofuels.  It is administered by the National Oil Reserves Agency and further details on the scheme are available on their website

Currently, the Biofuels Obligation Scheme places a requirement on suppliers of road transport fuels that 8% (by volume) of the fuels (generally gasoline and motor diesel) they place on the market in Ireland are produced from renewable sources, e.g. ethanol and biodiesel.

Draft Order increasing the obligation rate

On the 20th of April 2018, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment published a draft order proposing that the percentage rate referred to in section 44C(3)(b) of the National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (as amended) shall be 11.111 per cent with effect from 1st January 2019 in order to increase the obligation to 10% by volume from 2019.

Any persons wishing to make representations in regard to the proposed order should do so to by 17:00 on Friday 18th May 2018.


Biofuel Obligation Rate Draft Order 2018 [pdf 29kB ]

Biofuels Obligation Scheme Policy Statement April 2018 [pdf 139kB]


Source: DCCAE