Ireland: Recycled CO2 used to enhance growth of vegetables to be exempt of carbon tax

Glasshouse growers of quality tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers who reused the CO2 generated from glasshouse heating are set to secure a carbon tax rebate, a Fine Gael Senator has said.

Leader of Seanad Éireann, Senator Regina Doherty, said, “While visiting glasshouse horticultural growers across North County Dublin, it was brought to my attention that these growers are paying carbon tax for carbon dioxide that they are reusing from the heating system to enhance the growth of the plant.

“We should be commending the growers of this top-quality food who are using this cropping system and not contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

“Glasshouse horticultural growers use either natural gas or liquified petroleum gas to heat the glasshouses at a constant 20°C.

“The capture of CO2 emissions to optimize plant growth points is one of the most sustainable uses of energy. Currently, these growers pay €33.50 per tonne of CO2, yet none of it is being released into the atmosphere.

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