A target of 12% biomethane injected into the gas grid by 2030, means Ireland can:
- Save 2.6m tonnes of CO2 per annum attributed to energy.
- Potentially save a further 14 Mt CO2 per annum in agriculture via carbon sequestration accounting.
- Comply with regulations from 2021 under EU Green Deal and Green House Gas (GHG) Protocol reporting.
- Support best practice in farming and land management towards organic farming.
- Support national and foreign direct investment decarbonisation targets.
- Secure current foreign direct investment and jobs.
- Support competitiveness and sustainability to attract additional investments.
- Help achieve environmental, social and governance objectives.
- Create over 3,000 sustainable jobs for rural Ireland in developing, operating and servicing the system, many of them specialised.
This target would require in the region of 240-250 anaerobic digestors to be constructed across Ireland.
Industry leaders are already demanding a switch to renewable gas for their businesses and, through RGFI, are energetically pursuing the vision. This scale of development will require government supports via policy and capital investment and alignment of targets for renewable energy.