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Membership Prospectus for The Renewable Gas Forum

This Prospectus describes the organisational structure and classification of membership of The Renewable Gas Forum (“RGFI”). The aims and objectives of the RGFI are set out in the RGFI Charter which can be found at www.renewablegasforum.com

Industry Forum

The RGFI seeks to obtain its objectives through the use of industry forums. The industry forum approach means that all market sectors are represented through the RGFI, from the consumer through to the producer.  This approach marks a fundamental shift to the way in which energy policy has traditionally been developed in Ireland and is more common practice throughout Europe where the industry forum approach has proven to deliver credible, complete, cost effective and quality market developments and services, particularly for new, developing and growing markets.

The RGFI believes that challenges and barriers for market development can be more effectively recognised, prioritised and overcome when all market sectors are involved in the development process. Whilst innovation and incentives are recognised as essential for the development of the renewable energy market, a broader industry forum approach will validate and prioritize sustainable and efficient solutions, in addition ensuring the long term viability of the market and consequently, security of supply.

The RGFI Charter reflects this industry forum principle approach:

The Renewable gas Forum (RGFI) is an industry policy development forum representing the interests of all parties involved in the renewable gas supply chain across the island of Ireland, both north and south, RGFI is committed to policies that support the development of the renewable gas industry in Ireland as an economically viable and environmentally sustainable component of the overall energy mix”.

Benefits of Membership

The principle function of the RGFI is to co-ordinate the renewable gas industry to work together cohesively to inform and promote policies that support the development of the renewable gas industry throughout Ireland.

Potential benefits of RGFI membership include:

  • Customer demand focus for renewable gas aimed at fostering and developing initial key market sectors of commercial heat (including but not limited to process, chp, tri-gen) and commercial/public transport as the most viable economic sectors in a young renewable gas market. The RGFI will expand its remit to other viable market sectors over time;
  • Identifying, adopting and championing best industry practice and optimum services to meet demand;
  • Affiliation with forums and associations with similar objectives and interests across the EU with a view to accessing quality support services; training; accreditation; and to facilitate a harmonised approach across EU member states;
  • Access to independent accreditation services to include guarantees of origin, certification, sustainability ratings;
  • Participation in a recognised and trusted industry forum.; High level engagement with policy makers and regulators;
  • Access to technical advice and support on entering the renewable gas industry;
  • Access to renewable gas eco system;
  • A voice and participation in a new energy direction for Ireland.

Organisational Structure

The proposed organisational structure of the RGFI is:

The RGFI intend to establish the following Committees (and associated Sub-Committees):

  • Management Committee;
  • Policy Development Committee;
  • Finance & governance Committee;
  • Membership Committee;
  • Technical Committee;
  • Communications Committee.

Members of the RGFI may be nominated to committees by the Board of the RGFI; and/or by a majority of industry sector members and/or by the majority of a sub-committee.

Members of the RGFI may participate in sub-committees when nominated to do so by a majority of the other members in their relevant industry sector. The Management Committee has ultimate veto over membership of any sub-committee.

It is important that committee and sub-committee members represent an appropriate and proportionate balance of all members’ interests. For that reason, the Board of the RGFI and/or the Management Committee may elect to hold voting or election processes for any member (s) election to any Committee or Sub-Committee at any time at the absolute discretion of the RGFI Board and/or Management Committee.

Only the Board of the RGFI may nominate and elect members to the Management Committee.

Industry Sector Membership

The industry sectors through which members can seek representation have been categorised by the RGFI as follows:

  • Commercial Consumer – Transport;
  • Commercial Consumer – Heat or Process;
  • Gas Networks and/or transport operator;
  • Gas Energy Shipper/Supplier;
  • Renewable Gas Producer;
  • Academic/Technology Centre.

All corporate members of the RGFI must nominate, from the categories listed above, the actual or intended primary industry sector in which they operate or intend to operate.

The Board of the RGFI may audit or validate that nomination or make a determination of a potential members’ primary industry sector at the absolute discretion of the Board.

It is important that corporate members are allocated to the correct sector for a number reasons, including without limitation:

  • Attendance at and participation in sub-committees and/or policy meetings which are relevant to its primary industry sector;
  • Entitlement to vote on matters concerning its principal industry sector, for example, appointment of Directors to the Board of the RGFI to represent the interests of that industry sector;
  • Access to relevant forum groups and/or training.

Potential and actual members of the RGFI must always be cognisant of, and take account, of the regulatory and legal framework in which it operates when nominating a primary sector (and when participating as an RGFI member). For example, a Gas Networks and/or transport operator cannot have any business interest as a Gas Energy Shipper/Supplier and vice versa.

Corporate members are entitled to nominate secondary interest in other sectors only with the approval of the Board of RGFI.

Membership Classifications

There are currently five classifications for members of the RGFI: Sustaining Members; Corporate Members; Ordinary Members; Individual Members; Student Members.

All applications are subject to approval by the RGFI.

Sustaining Members

  • Sustaining Members facilitate financial and governance supports in the interest of providing long term stability and sustainability of the RGFI.
  • Annual October to SeptemberSubscription – €20,000*;
  • May appoint a Director to the Board of the RGFI;
  • May propose and vote on proposals at the AGM;
  • May vote on all matters arising at ordinary meetings of the RGFI;
  • 25 % discount on exhibition space at official RGFI sponsored events, on a first come first serve basis and subject to availability;
  • 10 delegates from each sustaining member may attend all RGFI events at the prevailing member rate;
  • Free use of meeting rooms at RGFI conferences, where available, on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability;
  • Free use of meeting space at RGFI conferences, where available, on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability;
  • Preferential listing in the company services directory (a directory of all participating members of the RGFI to be published on the RGFI website)
  • Access to updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Access to members only area on the RGFI website
  • Company logo displayed on the RGFI website (subject to licence)
  • Use of RGFI logo on company materials (subject to licence)
  • Invitation to all members connect meetings
  • Opportunity to host RGFI events
  • Free attendance at all policy fora such as but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Free copy of the RGFI Quarterly Newsletter subject to the level (status) of membership
  • Free E-Mail newsflashes.

* +VAT @23% – 2015 rates

Corporate Members

  • Corporate Members are large companies > €50m, registered and/or incorporated within the EU member states.
  • Annual Subscription is subject to annual turnover as follows:
    • Large, > €50m; rate €8,000* pa
    • Enterprise, >€5m <€50m; rate €2,500* pa
    • SME, >€1m <€5m; rate €1,500* pa
    • Developing SME, <€1m; rate €800 pa
  • Entitlement to vote on the appointment of a Director to the RGFI Board for their primary Industry Sector, where applicable;
  • May propose and vote on proposals at the AGM
  • 5 delegates from each Corporate Member may attend all RGFI events at the prevailing member’s rate
  • 20% discount on exhibition space at RGFI sponsored events, on a first come, first serve basis and subject to availability;
  • Free use of meeting space at RGFI Offices where available;
  • Company product and service listing in our Company Services Directory(a directory of all products and services of participating members of the RGFI to be published on the RGFI website);
  • Relative to level and full paid membership Preferential Listing in the Company Services Directory(a directory of members of the RGFI to be published on the RGFI website);
  • Access to updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Access to the Members Only Area on the RGFI website;
  • Use of RGFI logo on company promotional material (subject to licence);
  • Invitation to all members connect evenings;
  • Opportunity to host RGFI Events;
  • Free attendance at all policy updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Free copy of the RGFI Quarterly Newsletter;
  • Free e-mail newsflashes.

* +VAT @23% – 2015 rates

Ordinary Members

Ordinary members are regional & local bodiesstakeholders for example, Non-Governmental Organisations, Academic Institutes, Research Institutes, Corresponding and Trade Associations.

  • Annual Subscription fee of €500 per annum*
  • Ordinary Members that are Academic or Research Institutes are entitled to vote on the appointment of a Director to the RGFI Board for the Academic / Technology Centre Industry Sector, where applicable.
  • Ordinary Members may propose and may vote on proposals at the AGM
  • 3 delegates members from each Ordinary Member may attend all RGFI events at the prevailing member’s rate
  • 10% discount on exhibition space at official RGFI sponsored events, subject to availability;
  • Company product and service listing in our Company Services Directory (a directory of all products and services of participating members of the RGFI to be published on the RGFI website);
  • Access to the Members Only Area on the RGFI website;
  • Use of RGFI logo on company promotional material (subject to licence);
  • Free attendance at all policy fora, such as but not limited to access to updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Free copy of the RGFI Quarterly Newsletter;
  • Free e-mail newsflashes;
  • Opportunity to host RGFI Events;
  • Invitation to all Members Connect Evenings.

* +VAT @23% – 2015 rates

Private Individual Members

Includes sole traders, interested individuals, researchers.

  • Annual Subscription fee of €300 per annum*;
  • 1 delegates member for each Private Individual Member will be invited to an RGFI policy fora;
  • May propose and may vote on proposals at the AGM ;
  • Entitlement to receive summary documents on RGFI activitiessuch as but not limited to access to updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Free copy of the RGFI Quarterly Newsletter.

* +VAT @23% – 2015 rates

Student Members

Researchers, third level students who should be enrolled on a full time or part time course registered within the EU member states.

  • Annual subscription fee of €50*
  • 10% discount on the prevailing members rate when attending RGFI Conferences;
  • Entitlement to receive summary documents on RGFI activities such as but not limited to access to updates and details of working groups, these working groups are to be determined by the by the RGFI, to include but not limited to market development, policy submissions, sectoral development, guide and drive policy, with a focus on the development of the biogas industry as a whole. The working groups will address any challenges presented to the RGFI and champion the development from within and for the biogas industry.
  • Free copy of the RGFI Quarterly Newsletter.

* +VAT @23% – 2015 rates

Application Process

Membership of the RGFI is open to any person, company or entity interested in supporting the aims and objectives of the RGFI.

Membership Applications can be found at/are available from www.renewablegasforum.com

Prospective members must nominate the actual or intended primary industry sector in which they operate or intend to operate. Members may also nominate secondary interests in other industry sectors.

Members may be admitted to the RGFI on approval of a membership application by the Board of the RGFI (to include approval of the prospective member’s participation in its/their nominated industry sector) and payment of the annual subscription fee (to be reviewed and determined annually by the Board of the RGFI and published on the RGFI website).

Members may resign as members of the RGFI at any time by notifying, in writing, the Secretary of the RGFI and/or by non-renewal of annual membership by a notified subscription receipt deadline each year.

The Board of the RGFI may terminate any member (s) membership at any time.

Termination, lapse, non-renewal or resignation from membership of the RGFI will result in immediate termination of membership of any committee or sub-committee, with subscription automatically expires in this event.

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