Farming businesses in Ireland will be encouraged to help the country improve its environmental performance, after the Government revealed a suite of new measures.
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan unveiled a new renewable energy grant scheme which will offer funds to businesses, schools and hospitals that want to install biomass-fuelled and anaerobic digestion combined heat and power units (CHPs).
The Minster explained that farmers had a vital role to play in the scheme as their forests, crops and cows will be able to produce their own energy in the future.
"We can create energy from wood chippings, from animal waste and crops and we can do this in a very effective way," Mr Ryan said.
"These biomass CHP units will save businesses up to a quarter of their energy costs. Energy bills are a major part of overall expenditure in business.
"With this new grant and price support scheme, business will benefit from drastic reductions in their heating costs.
"I would encourage schools, hospitals and businesses to generate their own electricity on site using this technology."
Last week, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Tony Killeen, revealed that a major conference on farming for conservation is to be held next month.
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