Modern Ireland is heated mainly by oil and natural gas, while some homes are still heated by peat and other solid fuels. Ireland relies heavily on imported fossil fuels to heat our homes and businesses. This is incredibly damaging to the environment. The emissions in just transporting fossil fuels into the country is a cause for concern. Approximately 90% of our energy demands are met by imported fossil fuels.
The built environment accounts for approximately 12.7% of greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland. Reducing our dependence on imported fuels to heat homes and businesses will be essential if we are to cut emissions and eventually achieve carbon neutrality.
One way to do this is to switch to alternative heating methods such as heat pumps. We include information about heat pumps and the costs and grants associated with their installation below.
Heat Pumps Explained
Heat pumps are a form of renewable heat commonly used throughout other European countries. They are not a form of renewable energy as they require electricity to operate instead of generating electricity, but still possess a range of positive characteristics over traditional home heating methods.
Air source heat pump. Size approx. 1.5 x 1.5m
Additional installation of underground piping is required for ground source heat pumps.
As part of Ireland's Climate Action plan, in order to reduce built enterprise CO2 emissions, installation of heat pumps will reach 600'000 units by 2030.