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Thursday 18 January 2018

Fifth of gas will be 'green' by 2030, says GNI

Professor Tony Day
Professor Tony Day
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Some 20pc of all gas consumed will be from renewable sources including food waste, manure and energy crops by 2030, Gas Networks Ireland has said.

And there is "huge interest" from firms in the agri-food, agricultural and pharmachem sectors to buy 'green' gas, with quality to be assured through a 'Green Gas Certification Scheme' launched yesterday as part of the GreenGasCert research project.

Professor Tony Day from the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), based in Cork, said there were economic and environmental benefits.

"This project will determine potential emissions savings from renewable gas production systems, and identify development opportunities while helping industry to become more resilient and competitive," he said.

Ian Kilgallon from Gas Networks Ireland said there was "huge interest" from potential customers, adding a facility to inject green gas into the grid would open by the end of the year in Kildare, using green gas generated from anaerobic digestion plants.

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