Bord na Móna launches move to Bioenergy
22 September 2017
Bord na Móna has launched its new Bioenergy business, marking a critical step away from its traditional peat business towards renewable energy generation and supply. The announcement was made with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten at the National Ploughing Championships this week.
“In simple terms, you will see the company move away from bogs and peat and towards bioenergy as the central focus of operations,” said Patrick Madigan, BnM’s head of bioenergy, at the event. “After eighty years of bog operations, this is a massive step change. Bord na Móna Bioenergy will be sourcing sustainable biomass here and abroad providing green energy and green jobs to replace traditional operations and employment.
“Two years ago we made the commitment to exit peat for energy generation by 2030,” Madigan continued. “Today we are making good on that promise and pointing the way towards biomass as a new green energy source for Ireland.”
Within the next few years, Bord Na Mona Bioenergy will be supplying 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable biomass material per annum to customers including other power generators and large energy consumers.
“This move is a huge logistical challenge but we are confident that we have now put in place the supply chain that will meet the projected demand,” Madigan said.