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Biofuels Obligation Scheme

The National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) has been nominated to administer the Biofuels Obligation Scheme which commenced on 1 July 2010. NORA has engaged Consultants (a consortium of Byrne Ó Cléirigh and LHM Casey McGrath – with BÓC as the lead consultant) to assist in administering the Scheme.

The following is a list of the relevant legislation:

Legislation Source Comment
Energy (Biofuel Obligation and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 Irish Government The BOS Act
S.I. 322 of 2010 - Energy (Biofuel Obligation and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2010 Irish Government Gives effect to certain provisions of the BOS Act
S.I. 356 of 2010 - National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (Returns and Biofuel Levy) Regulations 2010
 
Irish Government Specifies the information to be included in the Levy Return submitted to the DCCAE and the rate of the biofuel levy
National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (Biofuel Obligation Buy-out Charge) Regulations 2010 Irish Government Specifies the rate of the buy-out charge
SI No 33 of 2012 - (Biofuel Sustainability Criteria) Regulations 2012 Irish Government Places the obligation on BOS account holders to comply with the provisions of Articles 17 and 18 of the Renewable Energy Directive
The Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) European Commission The Directive sets out the mandatory sustainability criteria which biofuels are required to satisfy
Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012 Irish Government Chapters 7 & 8 provide for amendments to the BOS Act
National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (Biofuel Obligation Rate) Order 2012 Irish Government Increases the obligation rate under the Biofuel Obligation Scheme from 4% by volume to 6% by volume with effect from 1 January 2013. This increase is the first in a series of increases required up to 2020, in order that Ireland can meet the requirement set out in the Renewable Energy Directive that each member state must ensure that a minimum of 10% of energy used in transport comes from renewable sources.
European Union (Renewable Energy) Regulations 2014

Irish Government

Implements aspects of the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) relating to the sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids and the calculation of the greenhouse gas impact of biofuels, bioliquids and their fossil fuel comparators.

 

National Oil Reserves Agency Act 2007 (Biofuel Obligation Rate) Order 2016 Irish Government

Increases the obligation rate under the Biofuel Obligation Scheme from 6% by volume to 8% by volume with effect from 1 January 2017.

Energy Act 2016 Irish Government Part 8 amends Sections 44G, 44H and 44I of the BOS Act to provide increased flexibility concerning end-of-period reconcilliation dates as well as allowing NORA to determine the deadline dates for quarterly applications for BOS Certs.  
Energy Act (Commencement of Certain Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2016 Irish Governmment Gives effect to the provisions of the Energy Act that provide increased flexibility to the BOS end-of-period reconcilliation dates (Sections 29 to 32).   
European Union (Renewable Energy) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Irish Governmment

From 1 January 2017, amends the European Union (Renewable Energy) Regulations 2014 to change the levels of greenhouse gas savings required by biofuels and bioliquids to:

  • in the case of installations starting operation after 5 October 2015, 60 percent, and
  • in the case of installations that were in operation on or before 5 October 2015, at least 35 per cent until 31 December 2017 and at least 50 per cent from 1 January 2018.
European Union (Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions, Calculations Methods and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2017 Irish Government SI 160 of 2017 transposes Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which introduces an obligation of fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of transport fuels by 6% by the end of 2020, when compared with a 2010 baseline.  NORA has been designated as the government agency reponsible for administering compliance by fuel suppliers with the 6% target.   

 

Further information on the Biofuels Obligation Scheme is contained in this section of the website. There is also further information available on the DCCAE's website.

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