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IRELAND BIOMETHANE – pathway to 2030

A platform for engagement and collaboration as Ireland’s biomethane industry moves forward at pace to meet the national decarbonisation target of 5.7TWh biomethane by 2030.

Join the Farmers, Developers, Planners, Financiers, Technologists, Researchers, Regulators and Administrators, who are keen realise the decarbonisation ambition, which will also optimise wider environmental and socio-economic benefits for agriculture, industry and communities.

Over 300 delegates, sponsor exhibits and one-to-one sessions.

Meet experienced practitioners, get their insights, and learn from their stories and know-how at this all island and international event. Raise your queries and express your viewpoint in the round table discussions.

Many thanks to our Conference partners and to our growing list of sponsors for their support.

Registration includes the Conference Reception at the GAA Conference HQ at Croke Park. Free parking and easy access by car and public transport.

DRAFT PROGRAMME

8:00am– 9:00am Morning Registration

09:00am -9:30am Welcome: Damien O’Reilly & JP Prendergast, Chair RGFI

Keynote address: Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan

9:30am – 10:20am Implementing the National Biomethane Strategy
Presentation and panel discussion.

10:20am-11:00am Ireland Next Steps
Panel discussion – all Ireland approach, technology gear-up, carbon farming, certification, National Registry etc

11:00am Coffee Break

11:30am-12:15pm Roadmap

12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 4:15pm Mini Masters with round table discussions
– Sustainability (1.40-2.20pm)
– Financing (2.20-2.50pm)
– Technology and construction (2.50.3.20pm)
– Planning and Licensing (3.20-4.00pm)

4:15pm-4:40pm Climate Smart Farming

4:40pm-5:00pm Mini Masters Feedback

5:00pm Ministerial Address
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue

5:30pm Closing Remarks
PJ McCarthy, CEO RGFI

6:00pm-8:00pm CONFERENCE RECEPTION

Confirmed panellists, presenters and rapporteurs

  • Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue
  • Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan
  • KPMG Sustainable Futures , Russell Smyth and Philip Connoly
  • European Biogas Association, Harmen Dekker
  • Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Jonathan McFerran
  • Teagasc, Dr Paul Crosson and Dr Ciara Beausang
  • Gas Networks Ireland, Padraig Fleming
  • Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, Denis Drennan
  • Nephin Energy, Tom O’Brien
  • Flogas, Eoin Brennan
  • Entrust, Kieran Tarpey
  • Future Biogas, Philipp Lukas
  • Dairy Processing Technology Centre, Anne Marie Henihan
  • Climeaction, Paul Murphy

Speakers and Panellists

Charlie McConalogue

Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Minister
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Charlie McConalogue

Minister McConalogue was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on 2 September 2020.

From farming background in Gleneely, Co Donegal, he was educated at Carndonagh Community School before attending UCD where he studied Economics, Politics & History. It was during his undergraduate studies at UCD that he first became involved in politics.

After working in Fianna Fáil Headquarters for a number of years, as well as working abroad in Australia, Minister McConalogue returned home to work on the family farm before being elected as a Donegal County Councillor in 2009. In 2011, he was elected TD for Donegal Northeast.

Minister McConalogue was appointed previously as Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Law Reform and prior to that, he held the positions of Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Children, Education and Skills, and Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Damien O’Reilly

Irish Co-operative Organisation Society
EU Affairs and Comms Manager
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Damien O’Reilly

Damien O’Reilly is the EU Affairs and Communications Manager for the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). He was appointed to the role in November 2022 and is based in the ICOS office in Brussels. Damien has also been recently appointed as Vice-chairman of the Cogeca Co-ordination Committee. Cogeca is the European umbrella body for co-operatives and represents co-ops from across the EU. From 1998 to 2022, Damien worked for RTE Radio 1 and presented the award-winning Countrywide. He also worked as a presenter and producer on a wide range of news, sport, and current affairs programmes including three Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Rio (2016), and Tokyo (2021). Damien is also a founder member and current Vice-President of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists.

Dr Anne Marie Henihan

Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC)
Centre Director
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Dr Anne Marie Henihan

The DPTC is an industry-academic collaboration with a research agenda in dairy processing and innovation, driven by the long- term sustainable growth opportunities in the dairy sector. Anne Marie’s priority is to ensure that DPTC delivers innovative impact for one of Ireland’s most important indigenous industries and she views the biomethane industry as partners in that innovation.

Dr Ciara Beausang

Teagasc
Research Officer in Anaerobic Digestion
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Dr Ciara Beausang

Dr Ciara Beausang is a Research Officer in Anaerobic Digestion with Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Ciara completed her PhD in Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin. The focus of her research is the sustainability of biogas production from agricultural feedstocks.

Eamon Ryan, TD

Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and the Department of Transport
Minister
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Eamon Ryan, TD

Eamon Ryan is Minister for Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and the Department of Transport – two key departments at the centre of Ireland’s climate transformation. He is leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glás in Ireland.

Since his re-election and appointment as Minister and Government leader he has led the enactment of Ireland’s Climate Act 2021 and two Climate Actions Plans. He is leading Ireland’s acceleration to renewable energy, with early indications that over 45% of electricity generated in Ireland in 2023 was renewable, reaching 62.1% in December 2023. He oversaw the country’s first off-shore wind auction in 2023, which will see projects produce enough homegrown electricity to power more than 2.5 million homes, with more auctions planned for this year.

In transport, Eamon introduced the first fare reduction for public transport in 75 years with a cut of 20% for adults and 50% for young adults under 26. He has also overseen a sea-change in public transport services and investment of a €1 million a day on walking, cycling and wheeling infrastructure. In 2023, there were a record 308 million passenger journeys on public transport – an increase of 25%, with rural bus patronage up 78%.

Eoin Brennan

Flogas Enterprise
Renewables Commercial Lead
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Eoin Brennan

Eoin Brennan is the Renewables Commercial Lead at Flogas Enterprise. He has a background in physics and is driven towards achieving sustainable decarbonisation solutions. Eoin developed Flogas Enterprise’s award winning Corporate PPA product for large energy users and he now leads on biomethane origination across the Flogas group. Flogas Enterprise provide route to market services for biomethane producers. They were the first supplier of biomethane through the Irish gas network in 2020 and the inaugural supplier of bioCNG as a transport fuel, soon to be opening Ireland’s first dedicated unmanned bioCNG refuelling station this June.

Harmen Dekker

European Biogas Association
CEO
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Harmen Dekker

Harmen will provide the view from Europe, as Ireland seeks to catch up with EU counterparts in establishing biomethane production. The EBA works with European institutions, industry, agricultural partners, NGOs and academia, to develop policies which can enable the large-scale deployment of renewable gases and organic fertilisers throughout Europe, supported by transparent, well established sustainability certification bodies.

Jonathan McFerran

DAERA, Northern Ireland
Deputy Director of Green Growth
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Jonathan McFerran

With over 30 years’ experience within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Jonathan is currently DAERA’s Green Growth Deputy Director and leads on work around Anaerobic Digestion and the sustainable utilisation of livestock slurry. He will be presenting on how nutrient management is key in Northern Ireland’s biomethane story.

Padraig Fleming

Gas Networks Ireland
Biomethane Programme Manager
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Padraig Fleming

Padraig is currently working on increasing the amount of renewable gas that Gas Networks Ireland transports to start the transformation of gas industry in Ireland to a sustainable energy business. He has previously worked for a number of energy companies including Ervia, Bord Gáis Energy, ESB and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.

Philipp Lukas

Future Biogas
Chief Executive Officer
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Philipp Lukas

Future Biogas is a team of 150 dealing with all aspects of biogas, from feedstock and biology through operations and maintenance, to all aspects of financial, regulatory and sustainability reporting. It has developed, built and operates 12 plants across the UK, making it one of the largest biomethane producers in the UK. Philipp’s background is in law and renewables and is a passionate advocate for the role of biogas in the energy transition and enabling sustainable agriculture. He is a board member of the European Biogas Association, Co-Chair of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership Taskforce 3 and on the REA Green Gas Steering Group in the UK.

PJ McCarthy

Renewable Gas Forum Ireland
CEO
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PJ McCarthy

PJ leads work to present a cohesive voice for Ireland’s biomethane industry. He represents RGFI on the Board of the EBA and Chairs the National Associations Platform. Work includes developing national targets for biomethane and collaboration with the Biomethane Industry Partnership Task Force, on delivering the REPowerEU strategy, working directly with the EU Commissioner’s office. PJ also facilitates industry representation with Irish government officials in DECC and DAFM, on Ireland’s Biomethane Strategy.

Redmond McEvoy

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Assistant Principal
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Redmond McEvoy

Redmond McEvoy works as an Assistant Principal in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Redmond is the bioenergy policy lead in DAFM focusing on energy efficiency, deployment of renewable technologies at farm level, and the supply of bioenergy feedstocks as key agricultural contributions to the energy transition. Redmond is currently working on a number of bioenergy policy projects including the National Biomethane Strategy.

Tom Arnold

Food Vision 2030 Strategy Committee
Chair
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Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold currently serves as a board member of the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN); member, Global Panel for Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN); board member, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); member, Malabo Montpellier Panel; member, Sight and Life Foundation; board member, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

His previous roles include serving as Ireland’s Special Envoy for Food Systems (2021-22); Chair, Ireland’s 2030 agri-food strategy committee which produced Food Vision 2030 (2021); for the EU Commission, he chaired the High-level Expert Group for Food Systems Science (2021) and the Task Force Rural Africa (2019); Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement; Director-General, Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA); Chair, Irish Constitutional Convention; CEO, Concern Worldwide; Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General, Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM); Chair, OECD Committee of of Agriculture; Administrator, EU Commission.

Tom has a degree in agricultural economics from University College Dublin (UCD) and master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven and Trinity College, Dublin.

Tom O’Brien

Nephin Energy
Group Chief Executive
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Tom O’Brien

Tom is Group Chief Executive of Nephin Energy. Tom has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, including over 10 years in the Projects & Energy Department of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, where he focused on renewable energy, large scale real estate and infrastructure projects. Since then, Tom has held senior executive roles at a number of Irish companies, including two public companies.

Tom was senior adviser and project lead in Ireland for CPPIB’s $1.23 billion acquisition of Shell’s interest in the Corrib Gas Field. In 2017 he was asked by CPPIB to build out and lead the company that would eventually own CPPIB’s interest in the field, Nephin Energy. Nephin Energy is currently one of Ireland’s largest producers of natural gas.

Tom established Nephin Renewable Gas (NRG) in 2023. NRG’s ambition is to become the leading producer and supplier of biomethane in Ireland. Tom has mentored on the Irish Stock Exchange’s #IPOready leadership programme which is designed to help ambitious companies prepare for different types of strategic funding options, including going public. Tom is a regular contributor to energy policy debate in Ireland. He holds an LLB from University College Cork, an LLM from University College London and a Diploma in Finance from University College Dublin.

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