Geothermal energy resources have been proven to be secure, consistent, environmentally sustainable, effectively carbon-neutral and cost-effective. Geothermal energy can play an important role in decarbonising Ireland's heat and energy sectors.
An explanation of how geothermal energy can be harnessed
The different types of geothermal energy projects
An outline regulatory framework for geothermal energy projects
Strategic Environmental Assessment
As part of the policy development process, the emerging draft Policy Statement was screened for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) under the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (as amended). It was determined that SEA is required for the emerging Draft Policy Statement. The SEA Screening Determination and SEA Screening Report are below.
SEA Screening Determination for emerging draft Policy Statement on Geothermal Energy
We have engaged external consultants to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the likely significant effects on the environment of the emerging draft Policy Statement on Geothermal Energy.
The next stage in the SEA process is Scoping for the Environment Report, which involves determining the scope, level of detail and range of environmental issues to be covered by the SEA. An SEA Scoping Report has been prepared by the consultants for consultation with the environmental authorities, as required by law. Submissions on the Scoping Report are also being sought from the wider public.
1. Based on the plans, policies and programmes outlined in the Scoping Report, are there any other key relevant international, national, or regional plans, policies or programmes that should be considered in the SEA Environmental Report on the Policy Statement on Geothermal Energy?
2. Are there any effects or impacts that should be considered in the SEA Environmental Report on the draft Policy Statement, which haven’t been outlined in the Scoping Report?
3. Do you have any comments regarding the draft SEA Objectives, as presented in the Scoping Report?
4. Do you have any suggestions or comments in relation to the overall approach to alternatives, as presented in the Scoping Report?
Scoping Report for the Environmental Assessment of the emerging Draft Policy Statement on Geothermal Energy
All submissions are welcome and will be considered in finalising the Policy Statement.
The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm 22 November 2021
Submissions should be marked Consultation on Geothermal Energy SEA Scoping and sent by email to GSPD@decc.gov.ie
or by post to:
Geoscience Policy Division
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
29-31 Adelaide Road
Dublin, D02 X285
Due to current working arrangements associated with COVID-19, if you are unable to access the documents below and require inspection at DECC offices, please write or email us using the details above.
We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered before the final version of the Policy Statement on Geothermal Energy is published.
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