Biomethane produced in Roscommon ‘could reduce carbon emissions significantly’

It has been claimed that Roscommon has the potential for a biomethane industry that would produce 90 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable gas and reduce carbon emissions by almost 24,000 tonnes annually.

Nationally, Ireland has the potential for a biomethane industry that would replace more than a quarter of natural gas on the national network, create significant new agri-income streams, and reduce Ireland’s total emissions by almost four million tonnes per year – 6.5% of Ireland’s total emissions.

These are the main findings from the Biomethane Energy Report2, which was launched last week by Gas Networks Ireland, the operator of Ireland’s state-owned gas network, at the Irish Renewable Gas Conference in Dublin.

Structurally identical to natural gas, biomethane is a carbon neutral renewable gas derived from organic sources such as landfill, food waste and agricultural waste. Biomethane is fully compatible with the existing national gas network and existing appliances, technologies and vehicles. It seamlessly replaces natural gas to reduce emissions in heating, industry, transport and power generation.

The report is based on findings from responses to a market testing Request for Information (RFI) issued by Gas Networks Ireland to current and future biomethane producers in October 2022. The report identifies 176 projects throughout Ireland that have the overall potential to produce 14.8 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane per annum, amounting to 26% of Ireland’s current gas demand. The top five counties in terms of prospective biomethane production volumes were Cavan, Kildare, Limerick, Cork and Monaghan. The RFI identified two potential biomethane production projects in Roscommon.