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Ireland one of just two countries that failed to apply for European funding energy initiative

Ireland is one of just two countries that failed to apply for European Commission funding to secure energy continuity in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The REPowerEU programme is a key European Commission funding initiative, established in March 2022. It is aimed at funding explorations of renewable energy sources and strengthening the European Union’s energy supply chains in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine.

The Commission applied emergency measures to increase existing commission funds, as well as allowing member states to re-apply for significant additional funding for their own energy programmes. The initiative is anticipated to administer funding into the clean energy transition of €210 billion by 2027.

The biomethane section of REPowerEU has a budget of €35bn. Ireland’s potential funding from that budget is estimated at €800m in capital funding, along with a further €1.3bn in future supports. However, Ireland failed to apply to the programme, with the deadline for applications for phase one of the programme being in early April of this year. 

The scheme proposes the widespread use of a natural gas called biomethane, made from agricultural and food waste via a process called anaerobic digestion. Its use would be anticipated to reduce emissions across the economy, whilst also helping with the decarbonisation of the anti-food sector.

Luxembourg is understood to be the only other EU nation that has to date not applied for funding. Ireland’s failure to apply for the funding was described as a “missed opportunity” by energy consultant and former MEP Kieran Hartley.  

“It would have given Ireland the opportunity to guarantee security of supply and guarantee a fixed price of energy from indigenous sources,” he said. He also dismissed the idea that Ireland can easily decide to reapply for the funding, adding: “Countries which have already applied will be ahead of Ireland, will be producing energy at lower prices, and will be able to offer cheaper energy to their manufacturing industries”.

When asked why Ireland had not applied for the funding, a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said it is currently “considering potential proposals for funding under this mechanism”, the Examiner reported.

The spokesperson added: “This work is being carried out as part of the broader budget process”. They also noted that “any such funding would be in addition to what is already included in Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan”.

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