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Ireland’s First Heat Plan Outlines 10% target for District Heating

06th May, 2021

District heating can provide 10 per cent of Ireland’s heating needs by 2030, according to 40by30, Renewable Energy Ireland (REI)’s newly-published heat plan.

This plan, developed by XD Consulting on behalf of REI and with the advice of organisations working in district heating, bioenergy, heat pumps, renewable gas and geothermal, is a roadmap to an Ireland where 40 per cent of our heat can come from renewables by 2030, and provides much-needed input to the Government’s new ambitious CO2 targets for 2030. This plan clearly shows that 40 per cent of Ireland’s heat can be provided by renewable sources, primarily from bioenergy, heat pumps, renewable gas and district heating networks.

The findings of this plan, especially in relation to district heating, are welcomed by Codema, which, together with Dublin City Council, were involved in this heat plan through being members of the Irish District Energy Association (IrDEA).

Codema’s CEO Donna Gartland, who is also the CEO of IrDEA, said:

“Based on the detailed cost-benefit analysis conducted, the findings highlight the key role district heating can play in decarbonising heat in Ireland, allowing us to deliver all types of large-scale renewable and low-carbon heat through the network with few or no changes required from the consumer.

“The report shows district heating can provide 10 per cent of Ireland’s heating needs by 2030, meaning a rollout of district heating connecting 1% of the heat market per year, a target that has been achieved by climate leading countries in Europe since the 1960s.”

The full plan can be read here