The Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland (RGFI) is an industry forum representing all sectors of the renewable gas industry from producer to end-users. The main focus of the forum is to promote the renewable gas opportunity in Ireland and work in consultation with key stakeholders such as government officials to advocate for suitable market conditions to deliver on this opportunity.
We facilitate the growth and development of the sector through stakeholder engagement and the dissemination of factual and trusted evidence-based positions and policies.
To support Ireland on its decarbonisation through the establishment of an indigenous, sustainable, scalable, renewable gas industry in Ireland.
To have 20% of all Irelands gas usage as renewable gas by 2030, along with clear policy support towards the long term growth of the industry.
To become Ireland’s centre of excellence for the renewable gas industry – delivering leadership, knowledge, training and standards for members.
We have a distinct set of core values across the work streams we commit to undertaking and within our internal organisation culture:
- Integrity – we uphold the highest standard of integrity in our actions.
- Engagement – we listen to our members and work with key stakeholders and decision-makers in a consultative manner.
- Leadership – we clearly identify where we can make a unique contribution.
- Influence –we earn and retain the respect of decision-makers as trusted and reliable professionals in our chosen fields.
Benefits of Renewable Gas
Renewable Gas is a carbon neutral, renewable fuel which can be used to significantly reduce Irelands Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. There are numerous other intrinsic benefits of Renewable Gas however which we believe make it a superior solution to alternative decarbonisation technologies. These include:
- The solution of choice for Large Industry – Natural Gas is the fuel of choice for industry and large energy consumers due to its flexible, on-demand, low cost and near 100% reliability of supply. Renewable Gas offers all these intrinsic benefits of natural gas which also reducing Irelands GHG emissions.
- Versatility of end Use – Renewable Gas can be easily applied directly to end use in electricity, heating or transport. This versatility makes it especially suitable as a solution for those hard to decarbonise sectors such as heating and transport.
- Supports increased Renewables such as Wind / Solar – Renewable Gas can offer an on demand, dispatchable source of power which will be crucial to achieve net zero emissions for Ireland during those times when the wind doesn’t blow, or the sun doesn’t shine.
- Least Disruptive – Currently there are 670,000 homes existing on the gas network with another 30,000 larger commercial and power gen customers. Renewable Gas is the least disruptive pathway to carbon neutral for these customers as it requires no changes to consumer behaviour or end user equipment.
- A long term indigenous industry for Rural Ireland – Renewable Gas represents an opportunity to utilise unprofitable agricultural land and has the potential to stimulate the rural economy in Ireland through the creation of 7-10 long term jobs typically supported through the development of each Anaerobic Digester. These jobs cover a wide variety of roles from cultivation and transport of feedstocks, to operation of the plants themselves.
- Support for the circular economy and agricultural emissions reduction – Through the production of Renewable Gas, there are also benefits for Agriculture and Waste in terms of GHG emissions avoidance and the production of digestate, a high quality bio-fertiliser.
- Cleaner Air, Cleaner Water, Enhanced Soil Quality and Biodiversity – Renewable Gas has negligible particulate matter when compared to other renewable fuels such as solid fuel burning. Particulates such as NOx, SOx, PM10 and PM2.5 are estimated to cause in the region of 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland per annum. It also mitigates against slurry run off into water courses, by replacing it with digestate which in turn results in enhancing soil quality and biodiversity.
- Cost Benefits – KPMG reports that biomethane offers the lowest cost decarbonisation for Irish households