Innovative Technologies Key to Delivering on Ireland’s Decarbonisation Targets

Ervia highlights importance of Biomethane, CNG vehicles, Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and Hydrogen in contribution to Ireland’s Draft National Energy & Climate Plan

Ervia has outlined a range of innovative solutions, which it is progressing, to support Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy by 2050. Alongside exploring Ireland’s first carbon capture & storage project and rolling out a suite of CNG (compressed natural gas) filling stations for the transport sector, Ervia has highlighted the potential for the gas network to reduce Ireland’s emissions by at least 17.5 million tonnes of CO2 per annum by 2050. These initiatives form part of its submission to the consultation on Ireland’s Draft National Energy & Climate Plan (NECP) 2021-2030.

“It is now clear that a combination of ambitious actions across all sectors is required to enable Ireland significantly reduce its carbon emissions and meet its climate targets” said Group Commercial and Regulatory Director Brendan Murphy, following publication of Ervia’s submission to the Draft NECP.

“As a commercial semi-state with an established history of supporting Ireland’s energy needs, we recognise the significant transformation required to our energy network and are looking forward with innovative solutions to respond to the challenges ahead. We have outlined the role Ervia can play in decarbonising Ireland and in particular the electricity, domestic heating and transport sectors. Imperative to achieving these CO2 reductions for Ireland are solutions such as carbon-free Biomethane for heat and transport, CNG vehicles, CCS and Hydrogen.”

Key Highlights of the Submission:

  • Modelling of the least cost pathway to national decarbonisation should be carried out to inform Ireland’s energy future.
  • Delivery of a carbon neutral gas network is possible by 2050
  • The importance of gas powered power stations in providing flexibility and stability to the electricity grid, enabling higher levels of intermittent renewable electricity.
  • The potential of CCS as a proven technology which can be used to provide carbon-free, dispatchable electricity.
  • Biomethane is the least cost solution for decarbonising half the homes in Ireland at a fraction of the cost of electrification.
  • Compressed Natural Gas and Hydrogen offer solutions for decarbonising transport in Ireland.