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For Written Answer on : 09/04/2024
Question Number(s): 69 Question Reference(s): 13761/24
Department: Environment, Climate and Communications
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for the Environment; Climate and Communications with reference to the public consultation on the draft National Biomethane Strategy, the number of submissions received ahead of the extended deadline of 5 March 2024; the findings of same; when he expects the final National Biomethane Strategy to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


Government has committed to deliver up to 5.7TWh of indigenously produced biomethane by 2030. In order to deliver on this commitment, a dedicated Biomethane Working Group, chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, has been established to oversee an all-of-government approach to developing a National Biomethane Strategy to support the achievement of this target in a sustainable manner.

Following engagement with key stakeholders and industry experts, a draft National Biomethane Strategy has been developed. A public consultation was launched on the 30 January which sought views from interested parties on the draft Strategy and the proposed roadmap to develop a biomethane industry of scale in Ireland.

The public consultation opened for a 5-week period, closed on the 5 March and received a total of 200 submissions. These submissions are currently being reviewed and feedback received will directly inform the final National Biomethane Strategy which is due for publication in the coming weeks.