Benefits of biofuels
The use of biofuels brings a wide range of environmental benefits including the reduction of carbon monoxide emissions, harmful particulates, hydrocarbons and sulfates. There are other advantages to Ireland in increasing our use of biofuels. They will reduce Ireland's dependency on oil and help us in our efforts to meet our mandatory EU Renewable Energy and Greenhouse Gas emission targets.
The sustainability of biofuels is of paramount importance to the Biofuel Obligation scheme and certificates are issued only for biofuels that can prove they have complied with mandatory sustainability criteria. Sustainability criteria ensure that raw materials do not come from endangered land and that they reach certain levels of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Further details of applicable sustainability criteria can be found in the European Union (Renewable Energy) Regulations 2014.