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For Written Answer on : 17/01/2024
Question Number(s): 127 Question Reference(s): 1721/24
Department: Environment, Climate and Communications
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for the Environment; Climate and Communications further to Parliamentary Question No. 118 of 21 November 2023, to provide an update on the development of the National Biomethane Strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


The National Biomethane Strategy is being developed around a number of key pillars to ensure that the necessary pathway to the delivery of 5.7TWh of indigenously produced biomethane by 2030 is established.

The Strategy is currently at an advanced stage of drafting and a draft will be submitted to Government for consideration prior to publication. The Strategy is being developed under the remit of the Biomethane Working Group, chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and in conjunction with my Department. 

The Working Group has undertaken examination of the actions necessary to develop an anaerobic digestion industry of scale in Ireland. Extensive analysis on the best end use of biomethane has also been conducted, paying particular focus on production in a sustainable manner.