Presentation to Joint Oireachtas
Committee on Agriculture, Food and
the Marine on the positive impacts
of Coillte on Ireland’s carbon
footprint
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Coillte has stewardship over
7% of land area of Ireland
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Coillte can deploy its natural
resources to reduce carbon
emissions providing headroom
for growth in agriculture
Carbon
Sequestration
Renewable Energy
Low Carbon Building
Products
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Forestry and its role in
reducing Ireland’s carbon
footprint
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Our Forests –
Scale of Operations
 Sell 2.4 million m3 of roundwood
 Reforest 6,000ha using 15 million trees
each year
 Maintain 9,500kms of forest roads
 Receive 18 million recreational
visits to our forests per year
 Manage 20% of our estate to
protect and enhance biodiversity
 Certified by FSC
 Seeking PEFC & ISO14001 certification
in 2014
 Our BAUs work with approx 460
individual contractors employing circa
1300 people across the country
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Our Forests -
Strategy 2018
Being more
efficient
Unlocking the
potential of
private timber
Creating
awareness and
recognition for
public goods
Being smarter
at what we do
Increased
Forest
Value
Building on
the customer
experience
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Our Forests
- Role in Carbon agenda
Carbon Sequestration
Forest
Area
Expansion
Increased
Productivity
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Our Forests
– Thinking Green
 Independent research has evaluated the economic impact of
Public Goods Coillte provides:
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Nature conservation and biodiversity - €322m per annum *
Cultural Heritage - €92m per annum *
Landscape protection – €96m per annum *
Recreation – €97m per annum
Generating €270m of economic activity in local communities
* Source – Valuation of the public goods – landscape, habitats and species, and cultural heritage –
provided by the Coillte Estate – Goodbody Economic Consultants
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Other contributions to
reducing Ireland’s carbon
footprint from the Coillte
estate
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Managing land to add value
Coillte manages two great assets - forests & land
Our objective as stewards of the land is to look for
other benefits the land can provide, where it is not
suitable for forestry
These uses include renewable energy, biomass,
telecoms mast sites and infrastructure projects
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Land – A Key Natural Resource
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6,000 Discrete Properties
Valuable Attributes
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Why Renewables?
 2009 EU Renewables Directive
 Dependence on imported fossil fuels
 Climate change
 Economics
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Renewable Energy – Our Role
to Date
- Renewables = 2,000MW
- Renewables @ 20%
- Coillte enabled 40%
- Areas we are involved:
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Windfarms
Connections
ESB Networks
Eirgrid
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Renewable Energy - Our Future
Role
 Develop our own 500MW portfolio in conjunction with our partner
 Support others in delivery of projects and infrastructure in support
of Ireland’s RES-E ambition
 Provide leadership in relation to community engagement and
community gain
 Support the concept of an export project for renewable energy, in
line with Government policy
 Provide advocacy for maximum deployment of wind energy
solutions in a macro economic context
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Biomass as a Renewable
Energy Source
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Ireland RES-H Progress
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Current level = 5.2%
Target = 12%
An incentive mechanism can provide the solution
Solution = A Renewable Heat Incentive
 A payment system for the generation of heat from
renewable energy sources, similar to a REFIT scheme for
electricity.
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Benefits of a Renewable Heat
Incentive
 Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and reducing
greenhouse gas emissions
 Help offset emissions in other sectors e.g.
agriculture
 Improve competitiveness of industry
 Stimulate rural development and employment
 Provide a market for the private timber resource
 Reduce level of future fines
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Case Study :
Astellas Ireland Ltd. Co. Kerry
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Land – Adding Value, Benefiting
Many
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In conclusion….
 By deploying our natural resource assets
we can deliver:
 increased carbon sequestration from our forests;
 low carbon energy efficient building products;
 confidence for landowners who wish to plant new
land that an efficient supply chain is in place;
 renewable energy from wind and biomass.
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In conclusion….
 Recommendations which could further
enhance our ability to contribute:
 a Renewable Heat Incentive to encourage the
growth of bioenergy;
 clear signal of the Government’s ambition for wind
energy post 2020 (both domestic and export);
 recognition for the provision of valuable public
goods.
 Thank you for your attention
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