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    Ireland's changing energy base: The biomass conversion programme

    Sweeney, John (1981) Ireland's changing energy base: The biomass conversion programme. Irish Geography, 14 (1). pp. 107-111. ISSN 0075-0778

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    Many countries have had underlying weaknesses in their energy supply situation highlighted in recent years by shortages and disruption. In the Republic of Ireland, however, the adverse effects of these have been considerably exacerbated by the high rate of growth in the national economy, and consequently in energy demand, which prevailed throughout the second half of the past decade. Almost inevitably, one result of this has been a preoccupation with short-term supply problems relating either to external political or internal industrial difficulties. A neglect of long-term planning for future energy supplies has been apparent, a failure in policy sharply criticised by the International Energy Agency (O.E.C.D., 1978). Of particular concern has been the extent to which growth in energy demand has been met by increased imports of oil, in most years accounting for 70-80% of the energy market (EEC Commission, 1978). Such a high level of dependence is obviously undesirable both in the short and long term.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ireland; energy base; biomass conversion programme;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 9193
    Depositing User: Prof. John Sweeney
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 16:52
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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