is probably why the fuel usage has not increased dramatically. Less and less people aregetting involved in agriculture and typically it is kept within the family.
The main fuels used in this sector over the last 20 year are petroleum products. This is thesector with the most amount of variety in terms of the fuels it uses. However since 1990 thissector has become heavily dependent on petroleum products. Coal has suffered a 61%decrease in its use, peat has suffered a 65% decrease in its use, while petroleum productshave had a 128% increase in its use. This is down to many different reasons.
Coal and peat do not provide as much heat as oil and gas do.
Oil and gas are much more convenient than coal and peat. They can be easily storedand delivered, less labour in maintaining the source of heat. Can be automated to acertain degree.
In some areas of Ireland, burning these fuels is prohibited.
A lot of houses may not have the ability to burn solid fuels
Oil and gas give off far less pollutants than coal and peat.
Cutting turf on bogs is becoming less and less common as Ireland’s bogs are trying to
be preserved by the Government.Renewable sources of energy have seen an increase of 30% in the same time period.Although nowhere near the usage of petroleum products the usage of renewable sources of energy are on the up rise due to its sustainability.
Commercial and Public Services:
As with the other sectors the main fuel that has been used in this particular sector arepetroleum products. However since 1990 this sector has seen a 23% decrease in the use of petroleum products and an 18% increase in the use of renewable sources of energy. Thisdecrease could be in part to do with the recession. The recession has caused the closure of many commercial and public services in Ireland. This would give a valid reason as why to thelevel of usage of petroleum products have gone down. If this list was viewed during theheight of the Celtic Tiger the level of usage would be much higher. The increase in the usageof renewable sources of fuel corresponds with the other sectors. In general, the use of renewable forms of energy is on the increase by 197% since 1990. This is because people aretrying to find cheaper, renewable source of energy.
This sector is different than the rest as the fuel usage is grouped differently. The SEAIcategorises gas as being in the petroleum products category. However, Europa (Table A)classifies gas as being a category all of its own. If we were to compare power generation tothe other sectors using the same system (SEAI system, Table B) then petroleum productswould be once again the category with the highest fuel use.