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The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland

Irish Bioenergy Association and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Report on the potential benefits of developing the Bioenergy sector in Ireland

In 2012, RPS, in collaboration with DKM, delivered the report on The Economic Benefits of the Development of Bioenergy in Ireland on behalf of the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The report focuses on the potential economic benefits of developing the bioenergy sector in terms of employment creation, investment, trade and competitiveness. It was commissioned to assist in both the justification and formulation of effective policy measures on expanded bioenergy development in Ireland.

A two-stage approach has been adopted in undertaking this study. The first involved the development of a “technical” model of the sector to establish a baseline scenario of how the various targets under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive might be achieved and what this might mean in terms of the number and type of bioenergy facilities operating in Ireland by 2020. The second stage involved the quantification of potential economic impacts, based on a combination of desk-top research, information on facilities and projects that are already in place or planned nationally, and also from consultation with, and feedback from, market participants and industry experts.