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The republic of Ireland’s national biomethane strategy will be brought to cabinet today in what is being seen as a boost to both the country and its’ farmers.

The primary objective of the strategy is to deliver 5.7 TWh of indigenous biomethane per year by 2030 (60% of Irish homes’ gas usage) from grass and organic waste, also enabling farmers to receive additional income by supplying the grass and slurry needed for the production of biomethane. The plan will be supported by an initial biomethane capital grant of €40 million to encourage early adopters in the industry, with additional funding to be made available as the strategy is implemented over the coming years.

Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan, said:

“I am consistently saying we have to ensure that farmers are well protected and paid for what they produce.

“This biomethane strategy provides an opportunity for farmers to produce home-grown energy, as well as providing us with quality food, giving them a new, diverse income stream that pays them and helps power our economy”

In addition to the biomethane strategy Minister Ryan is set to provide additional details on the new Renewable Heat Obligation (RHO), which is being developed to support an increased use of renewable energy in the heat sector and contribute to a reduction in emissions in line with Ireland’s climate ambitions.

There is currently a “height of anticipation” around the sector according to a new report from bioeconomy consultants NNFCC, with many feeling that the national biomethane strategy presents a well-considered and logical approach, alongside a good level of ambition.

NNFCC’s second annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the Republic of Ireland‘ report, available to buy from the company’s website, contains the latest market commentary and a comprehensive database of all operational and planned AD facilities in the Republic of Ireland, including detail on location, status, commissioning date, energy output capacity and feedstock treatment capacity, by type. It is hoped that the report will provide a valuable tool for investors, developers and suppliers with an interest in the industry.

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