The Irish Government has approved a national support scheme for renewable heat.

The initiative, to be introduced by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten (pictured), will financially support the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with renewable energy for large heat demand non-domestic users – such as the commercial, industrial and  agricultural sectors.

Naughten said: “The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a tangible and viable measure that will kick-start the biomass and biogas sectors. 

“Crucially, it will provide the basis to create new commercial opportunities for farmers in heat technologies including biomass boiler installations and new opportunities for foresters. It will also contribute to meeting Ireland’s 2020 renewable energy and emission reduction targets”.

Under the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland has a target of 12% of energy consumed in the heat sector to come from renewable energy sources by 2020.