Gaeltacht company Firebird leads the charge to tackle Ireland’s climate woes  

In a recent article by Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen published in The Irish Independent, Cowen highlights the prohibitive costs associated with retrofitting a house and writes at length about the role that biofuels such as HVO can play in the home heating sector. Cowen notes that if the 650,000 homes heating by kerosene in rural Ireland were to be heated by HVO by 2050 using 100% HVO, they would decarbonise their homes in comparison to kerosene by around 90%, and this is without doing any insulation or draught-proofing. He estimates the cost to the homeowner would be anywhere between €150 to €300 to make the switch.

Firebird, Ireland’s market leading designer and manufacturer of commercial and domestic boilers, has been ambitiously leading the charge in renewable innovation to combat our climate woes. It’s less a doubt but an absolute fact that Ireland simply cannot meet its ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 50 % over the next eight years if we don’t make a meaningful effort to tackle our household emissions.

There is a simple solution that can bring us much closer to reaching that target, one which Firebird firmly believes would achieve a dramatic reduction in household emissions practically almost overnight, with the added bonus of cost efficiency as it requires no investment or capital cost. 

Mark Doyle, General Manager with Firebird explained how the introduction of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils) for household and commercial boilers would be an instant game-changer for Ireland.  “A viable and sustainable drop-in replacement to Kerosene, HVO fuel is fossil free, and could reduce greenhouse emissions by over 90%,” he stated.

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