Earlier this year the Government increased its 2030 target for indigenous biomethane production to 5.7 terawatt hours, a move that will require 150 to 200 large scale agricultural Anaerobic Digestion plants to be developed within eight years to supply around 10% of Ireland’s total gas demand.
Offering timely information on the latest policy developments in the biomethane industry in Ireland and across the EU is the Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland (RGFI) Ireland Biomethane Conference and Knowledge Sharing event which will take place on 9th and 10th November in Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Dublin 3. Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine leads an exciting line-up of speakers that include Harmen Dekker, CEO, European Biogas Association, Milenko Matosic, Senior Expert Renewable Gases, German Energy Agency (DENA) and Dr Anne Marie Henihan, Centre Director at the Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC).
Guests can expect insights into the transport opportunities for Ireland, learn about biomethane development funding, and hear about collaboration opportunities within the bioeconomy.
Day one will close with an evening banquet featuring guest speaker Marc Pacheco, Dean of the Massachusetts Senate. Senator Pacheco is the Chair of the Council of State Governments State Legislative Climate Alliance, founding Chair of the Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. He also serves on the National Conference of State Legislature’s Task Force on Energy Supply.
Workshops on day two will discuss Ireland’s biomethane strategy, debate our national targets, and ask what research, innovation, valorisation skills are needed to move forward.