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Ireland Biomethane Conference 2022 Programme, 9 and 10 Nov, Updates

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue,

will provide the opening address, at the Agriculture and Biomethane Plenary session on 9 November.

 Speakers have been drawn from the EU Commission, Irish Government and State Agencies, funders, industry consumers and providers, farmers, developers, academia, and representatives from other EU member states who are leading in AD Biomethane.

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PROGRAMME 9 November 

0900    Registration

0945    Welcome

  • JP Prendergast, Chair, RGFI
  • Damien O’Reilly, Journalist,  RTE – moderator

1005   Session 1: Biomethane in Europe / RePowerEU

  • EU Commission, DG Energy – TBC
  • Harmen Dekker, CEO, European Biogas Association, (also joint Secretariat for EU Biomethane Industrial Partnership)
  • PJ McCarthy, CEO, RGFI

1035    Session 2:  Ireland – Funding AD Biomethane Development

  • Nick Ashmore, CEO, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
  • Russell Smyth, Director, KPMG Sustainable Futures
  • Lorcan Allen, Business Editor, Sunday Business Post

1125 Coffee break

1145   Session 3:  The Journey to Green Fuels – industry decarbonisation

  • Paul Murphy, Climate Action Solutions Lead, Climeaction
  • Tom O’Brien, CEO, Nephin Energy
  • Brendan O’ Riordan, Green Gas Certification Lead, Gas Networks Ireland
  • Milenko Matosic, Senior Expert Renewable Gases, German Energy Agency (DENA)
  • Calor

12.30    Lunch

1330   Plenary Session 4    Agriculture & AD Biomethane 

Opening address from Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue, 

  • Jorge Pinto Antunes, Deputy Head of DG Agri Cabinet, EU Commission, 
  • Dr Paul Crosson, Beef Enterprise Leader and Principal Research Scientist, Teagasc
  • Mike Magan, Dairy Farmer and Chair of National Fodder and Food Security Committee
  • Tadgh Buckley, Director of Policy / Chief Economist, IFA
  • James McLenaghan, Farmer
  • Stephen Robb, Renewables Editor, Irish Farmers Journal to moderate

1445  Session 6     Transport Opportunity for Ireland – panel discussion 

  • Anna Venturini, Transport Policy Specialist, European Biogas Association 
  • John Pakenham, Director, Vision Green
  • Darren Carty, Director, Sustainable Flight Solutions Ltd

1540  Session 5      Climate Action, Bioeconomy Collaboration and Opportunities – panel discussion 

  • Marc R. Pacheco, Dean, MA State Senate
  • Patrick Barrett, National Bioeconomy Forum
  • Dr James McGreer, Chair,  EBA Biogenic CO2 working group, and RGFI Board,
  • JP Prendergast, Chair, BioWill, and Chair RGFI 
  • Dr Stephen Nolan, Renewable Energy Systems specialist, Optimisation of Anaerobic Digestion 

1640                     Closing remarks

  • Dr Anne Marie Henihan, Centre Director, Irish Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC)(Limerick) and RGFI Board

1830                   Drinks Reception and Dinner     

  • Pre-dinner speaker, Marc R. Pacheco, Dean, MA State Senate

Senator Marc Pacheco recently launched the Transatlantic Alliance for Climate Action and was responsible for the Global Warming Solutions Act. Senator Pacheco (who has strong Irish connections) is currently serving as the Dean of the Massachusetts Senate and is the founding chair of the standing Senate Committee on global warming and climate change


Theme:  Ireland’s Biomethane Strategy and input to the Biomethane Industry Partnership supporting the REPowerEU 35bcm 2030 biomethane target.


  • Strategic advice to inform the National Biomethane Strategy
  • Updated Ireland Biomethane Roadmap
  • 2023/24 proposed programme of events, activities, projects

Workshop session 1 & 2 will open with  a short overview presentation, followed by round table discussion and feedback on opportunities, issues to resolve, proposed activity 23/24. Coffee available from 10:00

0900    Welcome. Workshop purpose and format. Introduction to the role and operation of the Biomethane Industry Partnership   

0915    Session 1: National targets and accelerating project development – planning, technology mobilisation

 Are our national targets fit for purpose and achievable and how do we accelerate  biomethane project development?

Discussion, feedback, Q&A

10:45   Session 2 Research and innovation – sustainable feedstock, valorisation. Skills development. 

 What are the research,  development, innovation and skills needs ? What  are the sustainable potentials for innovative biomass sources in Ireland? What are the opportunities to valorise and contribute to the bio economy? (Cost efficiency   of biomethane  production and grid connection)

Discussion, Feedback and Q&A

 12:15   Closing remarks

Sponsorship enquiries

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Accommodation:  Clontarf Castle Hotel   and quote the RGFI Conference.



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