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Bord na Móna and Biomass

Bord na Móna is transitioning its businesses to 100% renewable energy sources

Overview

Biomass is a reliable source of renewable energy. New technology means biomass can now meet many of the energy needs of Irish people. Bord na Móna is using biomass in different ways to power and heat homes, communities and businesses. Biomass is Europe’s no.1 source of renewable energy and a key part of the EU strategy to tackle climate change. A well-managed biomass sector supports and maintains large, growing, healthy forests. Bord na Móna Biomass is mostly composed of by-products from forestry management.

Bord na Móna is developing a 100% sustainable biomass supply chain. Biomass imports and domestic supplies both support jobs in the growing Irish biomass sector. Bord na Móna is the No.1 consumer and supplier of biomass for heat and power in Ireland and is investing heavily in further developing our long term domestic biomass supply.

Biomass Strategy

Bord na Móna is transitioning its businesses to 100% renewable energy sources. A key part of this plan is the company’s move to peat free electricity generation by 2030. The company has identified biomass as a strategic requirement in this transition and Bord na Móna see this as an opportunity to provide energy security for the future.

Bord na Móna is already the No.1 consumer and supplier of biomass for heat and power in Ireland and continues to invest heavily in developing our long term domestic biomass supply. Biomass imports and domestic supplies both support jobs in the growing Irish biomass industry.

Reviewing Biomass Sources

Bord na Móna is currently conducting a root and branch review of its biomass supply chain.

The review of the future supply of biomass is being guided by the company’s sustainable business criteria with the objective of securing positive outcomes for people, the planet and profits for the company. Developing a reliable and cost effective supply chain is a significant challenge and Bord na Móna has identified various domestic and imported options to achieve this.

An early output of the review involved the company deciding to permanently cease the importation of PKS (Palm Kernel Shells) in 2016. Bord na Móna biomass is currently mostly composed of by-products from forestry management. It is expected that the vast majority of future supplies will also be composed of by-products from forestry management. A well-managed biomass sector supports and maintains large, growing, healthy forests.

The company is confident that the new supply system will provide a renewable, reliable and sustainable source of biomass to meet a considerable element of Ireland’s heat and energy needs.

The company plans to complete this review in the first half of 2017.

Sustainably Sourced

The new supply chain will adhere to the company’s own standards, National regulations, EU regulations and industry best standards regarding sustainable supply of biomass materials. The company’s policy is that 100% of biomass materials sourced and used by the company will be independently verified as sustainably sourced.

Certification

There is currently no universal certification system covering the international sourcing of biomass. In the absence of a single comprehensive certification code, Bord na Móna adheres to all regulations covering sustainability in Ireland, and in the case of overseas supply, in the country of origin. The company also adheres to a number of independent verification processes and industry standards regarding sustainable biomass supply.  It should be noted that the EU is also currently reviewing the certification and sustainability criteria for the future use and supply of biomass in Europe (post 2021). While the scope and detail of the new rules are in process, it is the company’s policy and intention to enforce and adhere to the new EU standards once they are enacted.

Biomass – Europe’s No1 source of renewable energy

Biomass is Europe’s No1 source of renewable energy and is a key component of many countries plans to reduce and replace carbon intensive energy forms such as oil and coal. It should be noted that the biomass sector is developing increasingly complex sustainability criteria for the sourcing, supply and use of materials.