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Biomass

Biomass is central to reducing our carbon footprint

Biomass is also key to ensuring Ireland meets its renewable energy targets. Bord na Móna began co-firing with biomass at its Edenderry Power Station in 2008. Since then, volumes have increased year-on-year with procurement and supply now supporting a biomass co-firing rate of 42% at our plant in Edenderry.

Biomass is central to reducing our carbon footprint

Biomass is also key to ensuring Ireland meets its renewable energy targets. Bord na Móna began co-firing with biomass at its Edenderry Power Station in 2008. Since then, volumes have increased year-on-year with procurement and supply now supporting a biomass co-firing rate of 42% at our plant in Edenderry.

Lowering CO2 Emissions

When the greenhouse gas (GHG) output of the imported biomass process including production, transportation and firing is calculated, the total GHG emissions are lower than any other non-biomass fuel source. This figure is expressed in terms of CO2e, meaning carbon dioxide equivalent. CO2e represents the total climate change impact of all greenhouse gases. Achieving a low CO2e figure is one step towards achieving sustainable energy sources.

Fact

100%

of the electricity generated by Bord na Mona will be renewable by 2024

80%

of our current biomass supplies are from local Irish sources

No.1

Edenderry Power Station is the largest biomass plant on the island of Ireland

Fact

100%

of the electricity generated by Bord na Mona will be renewable by 2024

80%

of our current biomass supplies are from local Irish sources

No.1

Edenderry Power Station is the largest biomass plant on the island of Ireland

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Sustainably produced biomass will play a key role in Ireland's transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a low carbon economy

Des O’Toole , IrBEA President
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Sustainable Sources

Bord na Móna Bioenergy will both source and supply sustainable biomass. Our supply chain adheres to the company’s own standards, National regulations, EU regulations and industry best standards regarding the 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.

Sustainable Sources

Bord na Móna Bioenergy will both source and supply sustainable biomass. Our supply chain adheres to the company’s own standards, National regulations, EU regulations and industry best standards regarding the 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.

Carefully Managed Processes

A carefully managed biomass process will typically lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions exceeding 80%. This figure is still correct even when applied to imported biomass. It is Bord na Móna’s aim to develop an indigenous source of biomass. However, these ‘crops’ take time grow to maturity, so we must look further afield for a supply in the interim if we are to continue reducing our carbon footprint.

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