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Policy Statement Petroleum Exploration and Production Activities as part of Ireland’s Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

This Policy Statement sets out a vision for natural gas in the Irish Offshore as a key component of our energy mix as we transition to a low carbon economy.

It includes:

(A) The underpinning principles for petroleum exploration and production in the broader context of the Government's Climate Action Plan;

(B) The future development management framework for the exploration and production of natural gas, as a transition fuel, in Ireland's offshore; and,

(C) The energy security rationale for natural gas, including:

    • ​​The need for back-up capacity for renewable power generation via lower CO2 emitting fossil fuels (natural gas);
    • The impact of the reduction of peat, coal and oil use on gas demand;
    • Our increasing reliance on imports given the decline of current indigenous supplies, also mirrored by a growing reliance at EU-level on imports (74% from outside the EU and growing).

Publication Documents

 

 

Policy Statement Petroleum Exploration and Production Activitieshttps://dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/natural-resources/publications/Documents/62/Policy Statement Petroleum Exploration and Production Activities.pdfPolicy Statement Petroleum Exploration and Production Activities17/12/2019 00:00:00pdf734552