Renewable Gas Forum Ireland

The Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) is an industry forum representing the interests of those involved in the renewable gas supply chain across the island of Ireland, both north and south. RGFI is committed to influencing, supporting and delivering policies and initiatives that promote the development of the renewable gas industry in Ireland as an economically viable and environmentally sustainable component of the overall energy mix.

RGFI is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. Membership is open to all parties interested in renewable gas from both the public and private sectors.

RGFI affairs are managed to the highest standards of good governance and integrity, at all times representing the best interests of its membership.

4th European Biomethane Conference

This year’s 4th Annual European Biomethane Conference will be hosted by the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) and the German Energy Agency, DENA.  For the last three years the conference has taken place in Berlin and has attracted 150 participants each year, from more than 15 countries. This year, in acknowledgement of the growth of the sector across Europe, the EBC will take place in Dublin on 20 September 2018.

The growth in the development of the renewable energy sector across the EU, and the opportunities presented by the acceleration of biomethane production provide a timely context to this event, which will provide a forum dedicated to identifying biomethane trends and prospects in Europe, to explore and develop potential new business models, projects and cross-border trading activities, and to facilitate networking with industry leaders in the field.

Interconnectivity between European biomethane markets looks set to become increasingly important in working towards a low-carbon future across the EU, and the Conference will facilitate discussion, networking, and the exchange of know-how, experience and expertise between industry leaders in the field.

The Conference will be relevant to all those working in the sector and will bring together industry leaders, representative bodies from across the EU, investment finance brokers, and government representatives.

Further details, bookings and conference programme available at: http://www.ebc2018.com

Strategic Objectives

The core objective of RGFI is to bring together industry in the form of producers, consumers and supply chain participants to work together to inform, evaluate and promote policies that support the development of the renewable gas industry in Ireland.

The RGFI will:

  • Promote the benefits of renewable gas to government, commercial institutions, academic institutions and corporate industry, both as a renewable heating fuel and a renewable transport fuel, replacing fossil fuel usage to influence policy decisions at EU, national and local levels;
  • Promote energy policies that will improve national competitiveness helping to retain existing investments and attract future investments, both multinational and domestic, while addressing national targets in the reduction of emissions and the provision of renewable energy;
  • Assist in achieving renewable gas production equivalent to 10% of the national gas grid requirement within 10 years in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Coordinate with other industry advocacy groups representing different aspects of the renewable energy sector with a view to advancing similar energy policies and subsidy regimes for the production, transportation and application of renewable gas as exist currently within other EU member States, particularly those of Great Britain, in Ireland and Northern Ireland;
  • Secure widespread membership support from institutional, corporate and SME sectors as the representative voice of the renewable gas industry across all of Ireland;
  • Secure affiliation to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) of UK and ensure close working relations on an ongoing basis to leverage from their knowledge and experience;
  • Cooperate with similar industry bodies across the EU in the exchange of technical and policy information while also advocating participation in EU wide development projects as appropriate;
  • Provide access to best available advice and practice on all aspects of renewable gas production, transportation and application -­‐ technical, regulatory and policy -­‐ to the membership;
  • Develop and provide accreditation services to assure quality, traceability and credibility of the renewable gas products; e.g. Guarantees of Origin, Certification, Sustainability Rating, harmonization with wider EU certification schemes, etc.
  • Provide a governance system for renewable gas certification and trading market arrangements
  • Provide guidance and access to available support programs for renewable gas, both national and EU wide, to the membership;
  • Promote innovation and collaborate on research & development for Renewable Gas across all sectors in the interest of developing the capabilities and efficiencies of the industry in Ireland.

What is renewable gas?

Renewable gas is an indigenous, renewable, sustainable, and carbon neutral source of energy, that can be produced from many organic waste materials and upgraded to a standard which is identical to natural gas. Renewable gas can be injected into the gas pipeline network or it can be used independently as a fuel for heating, transport or power generation. Renewable gas is also referred to as Biomethane, iogas or Green Gas. Renewable gas will also be produced with other emerging and carbon neutral technologies such as Power to Gas and Micro-­‐Algae cultivation, which will provide a sustainable source of renewable gas into the future.

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