Northern Ireland's Energy Minister Arelene Foster is seeking views on the draft Bioenergy Action Plan

Northern Ireland’s Energy Minister Arelene Foster is seeking views on the draft Bioenergy Action Plan, which explains how the North can make the most of its natural energy resources.

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Encouraging feedback on the draft plan, the Minister said: “The publication of this first cross departmental draft Bioenergy Action Plan sets out how bioenergy can make an increased contribution to a more sustainable energy future in Northern Ireland.

“The development of bioenergy has the potential to contribute to security of supply, deliver carbon emission reductions, provide business and employment opportunities as well as contributing to the challenging renewable energy targets proposed within the draft Strategic Energy Framework,” “The development of bioenergy has the potential to contribute to security of supply, deliver carbon emission reductions, provide business and employment opportunities as well as contributing to the challenging renewable energy targets proposed within the draft Strategic Energy Framework,” added the Minister.

The draft Strategic Energy Framework 2009, which was launched for consultation last month, outlines the key energy goals in terms of competitiveness, security of supply, sustainability and infrastructure.

The Minister said: “I see many opportunities for Government, businesses and energy users in Northern Ireland flowing from the increased sustainable development and usage of bioenergy. This draft plan sets out proposals to encourage this greater deployment and I would encourage all stakeholders to consider the document and contribute to this consultation process.”

The consultation on the draft Bioenergy Action Plan is scheduled to run until 30 October 2009.

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