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Fuel – Security of Supply? Coal Merchants Dublin Raise the Flag
The Celtic Tiger spawned an upsurge in demand and usage of energy in Ireland. As we know that ship has unfortunately sailed, but the voracious appetite for energy in Ireland remains. The boom has long evaporated now, but our energy demands are still being met by a huge reliance on imported fossil fuels. As continuing political changes and social unrest in the main oil producing regions in the Middle East and North Africa along with the recently imposed embargo on Iranian oil imports ito Europe hit the newsdesks, Robert Hudson, owner of leading Dublin solid fuel supplier Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin Says “The energy security crisis that we face will remain a continuing challenge into the future. It remains to be seen if the major political upheavals in the Middle East and beyond will bring stability to the regions or will further tensions and fragmentations actually creep in over the coming years. Meanwhile an analysis of the facts here in Ireland provides an alarming insight.”
Coal Merchants Dublin review the facts and figures
* 95% of natural gas used in Ireland is now imported.
*100% of oil usued in Ireland is imported.
*Imported fuels cost the Irish economy over 6 Billion Euro every year.
* There is only approximately 11 days supply of gas stored in the country.
* This compares with a reported 92 days supply in France and 84 days supply in Germany.
(*Source; The Ecology Foundation)
The facts and figures above show just how vulnerable we are to any interruption to supply, even for short periods. In recent years, the bulk of our gas was sourced in the North Sea, but over the coming years we will become increasingly dependant on gas imports from the various former Soviet Union states, Central Asia, and other politically volatile nations. Meanwhile, our oil will largely be imported from North African and Middle Eastern Countries. We have seen a sea-change in the political landscape in the Middle East in recent times, but it remains to be seen how the fragile position there will effect stability of both price and supply of energy in that region into the future. And now with the recently imposed embargo on Iranian oil imports into Europe, what effect will that bring to the mix?
Mr Hudson said today, “The most abundant fuel is of course coal, with an estimated 850 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide. As such, it is typically not associated with market crises or price spikes. This represents more than 130 years supply of already discovered, economically recoverable reserves of coal. As we progress into the future, it is not unreasonable to assume that there are many more billions of tonnes of coal reserves as yet undiscovered. Furthermore, it is far easier to establish their locations and extract the mineral using modern technologies than with any other energy sources. In addition there are huge resources worldwide in what was previously considered to be uneconomic mines, not least in our neighbouring island.” He continued “Coal is also easily stored and does not suffer from intermittency problems. Of Course as coal merchants Dublin, price is a major determination for Crumlin Fuel Depot as price filters down to the end user, our customer! – Coal is indeed one of the cheapest accessible energy sources. In addition to its abundance, the actual systems for generating electricity from coal are cheaper than any alternatives, even nuclear or hydroelectric power. While coal is only a relatively small proportion of the total primary energy requirement in Ireland at only 9.4%, it is considered to be one of the most secure fossil fuels for Ireland”. The Coal Merchants Dublin CEO then went on to explain, “In energy production worldwide, carbon capture and storage (CCS) may prove to be a breakthrough solution for coal, cutting carbon emissions by up to 85%, (but theoretically by up to 100%). When this is factored in, coal becomes the cleanest fossil fuel of all.” * (*Source; Forfas)
Coal Merchants Dublin Says, Carbon Neutral Firewood can Fuel The Way!
Industry and transport are by far the main demand on these limited resources, but we can also look at how we heat our homes from a different prospective. For many reasons, not least the economic challenges we now face, Coal Merchants Dublin report a return to the trusty OPEN FIRE and stylish, cost effective and highly efficient SOLID FUEL STOVES in many homes across the capital city and beyond. Not only a warm and welcoming focal point on these wintery evenings, the open fire and solid fuel stove can provide a more easily managed method of heating our homes, and help to keep those unexpected bills at bay. There is an array of stylish and highly efficient wood burning stoves, multi fuel stoves and solid fuel appliances available which can provide 24 hour heating to the whole house. Coal merchants Dublin have also recently reported an upsurge in the sale of firewood logs in the Dublin area. Mr Hudson said, “Renewable Energy in the form of Firewood has an important part to play in home heating today. Wood is a carbon neutral, indigenous resource to Ireland. It is a sustainable, secure and stable supply that is constantly replenished here in Ireland”. “We see more and more customers using firewood logs in both open fires and wood burning stoves. We rarely do coal deliveries in Dublin now without even a couple of bags of logs with each coal delivery” he continued. “Because wood is considered carbon neutral, even when it is burned with coal or smokeless fuel in an open fire, it helps deliver a reduction in the CO2 emissions. In fact, when coal and firewood logs are burned together in equal measure, the CO2 emissions from the fire are lower than that of both heating oil and natural gas”, Mr Hudson stated. He said, “From our Crumlin Fuel Depot, and also speaking to other coal merchants in Dublin, the story is the same. There is an increased interest in wood as a sustainable, renewable energy resource, and a genuine interest in the fact that together firewood logs and smokeless coal deliver lower CO2 emissions”.
Under the European Renewables Directive, the Irish Government has set targets for renewable penetration into each energy market by 2020, with a target of 12% of heating demand. So locally sourced firewood can play a significant role in helping to achieve that target.
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Robert Hudson has been a Coal Merchant in Dublin for over 30 years. His family has been delivering coal in Dublin for 4 generations
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