Biofuels blended in petrol and diesel to increase to 10% from 2019
The level of biofuel in petrol and diesel is to increase from 8% to 10% from January 2019, it has been confirmed by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton.

It has been confirmed that there will be more biofuel blended into petrol and diesel from 1 January 2019, as reported by the Irish Farmers Journal last April.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton has announced his intention to increase the level from 8% to 10%.

Draft order

The Minister also published a draft order that will increase the level of biofuel used in the transport sector further to 11% from 1 January 2020.

This draft order will now be open to consultation.

The Biofuels Obligation Scheme requires suppliers of road transport fuels to include a proportion of biofuels in fuel placed on the market in Ireland.

The inclusion of biofuels in the fuel mix increases the level of renewable energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector.

The consultation will run until 23 January 2019

This would mean that all suppliers of road transport fuels would be required to increase the percentage of biofuel in their fuel from the current level of 8% to 11% by 2020.

The consultation will run until 23 January 2019.

The increased obligation from 8% to 11% by volume is expected to lead to over 70m litres of fossil fuel being replaced with biofuel and reduce Ireland’s emissions by almost 200,000t of carbon each year.

Minister Bruton said: "I am currently developing an all-of-Government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change.

"This plan will have actions across all sectors of society and will have time lines, with clear lines of responsibility.

“Transitioning to cleaner fuels is an important part of delivering on that ambition.”

Technical difficulties

In the Biofuels Obligation Scheme policy statement, published in April, it said petrol in Ireland currently contains up to 5% bioethanol (E5) and all petrol-powered vehicles can operate using this blend.

However, it said that while although most petrol-powered vehicles in Ireland are compatible with petrol that contains 10% bioethanol (E10), using E10 in older vehicles may cause technical difficulties.

All diesel vehicles can operate for most of the year on a blend of 93% diesel and 7% biodiesel, it said.

Biodfuels on the Irish market

In 2017, a total of 225m litres of biofuel (167m litres biodiesel, 58m litres bioethanol) were placed on the Irish market.

All of the biodiesel placed on the Irish market was produced from feedstocks classified as wastes or residues, such as used cooking oil and tallow (waste from the meat processing industry).

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Agri jobs: dairy, meat processing and horticulture jobs
We take a look at what jobs are out there at the moment in the agricultural sector.

Horticulture worker

A horticulture worker is required on a farm in Kells, Co Kilkenny. General duties will include carrying out all work associated with cropping, repairing and maintaining farm vehicles and digging and planting seeds.

Other work will include harvesting fruit and vegetables. The salary is €22,000/year.

For more information on this role, click here.

Dairy farm manager

A dairy farm worker is required for an expanding grass-based dairy operation in Co Laois. The successful candidate could progress to being the dairy farm manager.

This dairy enterprise is running two dairy herds, one in Ballacolla and one in Rathdowney. Both farms are new greenfield sites which have modern milking facilities.

For further details, click here.

Dairy farm worker

A farm worker is required for a family-run dairy farm with a modern set up and expanding herd in Co Monaghan. Duties will include milking cows, feeding calves, machinery work and general farm work.

Experience is desirable and a Green Cert is preferable. A full clean driving licence is essential.

To apply for this job, click here.

Dairy farm worker

A farm worker is required to work on a progressive dairy farm in Co Cork.

Duties will include milking cows, rearing calves and grassland management. Some experience is an advantage for the role.

For more information on this position, click here.

Meat processing operatives

Ballon Meats in Carlow is looking to hire meat processing operatives to work as part of the factory processing team producing meat to fulfil production targets on a daily and weekly basis.

The successful candidates will be required to work in all areas of the factory, where you will be required to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.

For more information on this position, click here.

Beef and dairy bosses demand Brexit action from Creed
Imposing tariffs on exports would "cripple trade", meat and dairy factory representatives have warned.

Beef and dairy bosses braced for a hard Brexit have handed a list of demands to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

With 65 days remaining to salvage a Brexit deal, the nightmare scenario of a no-deal is becoming ever more likely.

A delegation including Aurivo’s Aaron Forde, ABP’s Martin Kane, Larry Murrin of Dawn Farms Foods, Cormac Healy of Meat Industry Ireland and Conor Mulvihill of Dairy Industry Ireland, met with Minister Creed on Tuesday.

Dairy co-ops want dual British-Irish status for Northern Ireland milk, export refunds and other trade supports. They called for a freeze on tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit and direct income aid for farmers.

Meat factory representatives warned that if tariffs are imposed on exports to the UK “it would cripple trade”, with the additional danger of sterling devaluation in a no-deal outcome.

They called for extra resources to ensure speedy border checks and increased ferry capacity and routes for direct shipping to the continent.

While European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan reassured farmers Brussels is poised to swoop to their aid, a Commission spokesman confirmed a hard border is inevitable unless the British reach an agreement with the EU or delay their withdrawal.

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EU 'stands ready' to support farmers - Hogan
European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has assured farmers that Europe is planning for all possible outcomes from Brexit negotiations.

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has moved to reassure farmers that the EU stands ready to intervene in markets to protect prices in the event of a hard Brexit.

“We have to prepare for the worst. The European Union stands ready to help Irish and EU farmers in the event of a hard Brexit,” Commissioner Hogan said, addressing a crowd of more than 250 farmers at the Kilkenny IFA annual dinner dance on Saturday night.

“We have the tools ready to intervene, including Aid to Private Storage, intervention and a revision of state aid rules,” he added.

Slow

His words will help give farmers comfort that, while Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has been slow to commit to supports, plans for a safety net at EU level are well advanced.

Hogan reassured farmers that the EU is ready for all scenarios, but warned that the Government must also be ready and ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to ensure products can continue to move through ports.

Gloomy

While a no-deal Brexit paints a gloomy picture, vice president of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness is reminding farmers that it could be avoided if a deal is reached between the EU and UK. But, she says, plans are being put in place to deal with a no-deal scenario.

“There are deep concerns about the consequences,” McGuinness told the Irish Farmers Journal.

“We will need to be looking at how you are going to support a vulnerable sector, that will call for money.

"All of those things will have to be discussed in the short period of time before the United Kingdom leaves.”