An ambitious bioenergy plan aimed at reducing Ireland's CO2 emissions by two million tonnes per year has been launched by the government in Dublin today.
The 'Bioenergy Action Plan for Ireland' promises to increase the deployment of renewable energy across three key sectors - transport, heat and electricity.
This strategy includes a commitment to ensure that by 2020, one third of all electricity consumed in Ireland will come from renewable sources.
Some of the other targets include reviewing building regulations within 12 months to ensure the energy efficiency of all new homes will be increased by at least 40 per cent.
All new buses in the public fleet will use a biofuel blend of 30 per cent and public buildings including hospitals and offices will have to use energy efficient lighting.