Renewable Gas

Discover the benefits of renewable gas, our projects and the Renewable Gas Forum.

What is Renewable Gas?

Renewable gas is a carbon neutral fuel which is produced from different organic waste materials, upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas network. Renewable gas is produced by anaerobic digestion, gasification and power-to-gas technologies. It forms when organic matter is broken down by anaerobic bacteria and ultimately converted to methane and carbon dioxide.

Gas Networks Ireland is committed to supporting the development and growth of renewable energy in Ireland. Renewable gas, also known as green gas or biogas, can contribute significantly to meeting Ireland's renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission targets for 2020 and into the future.

Sources of Renewable Gas in Ireland

There are abundant sources to meet demand for renewable gas, including biodegradable municipal waste, agricultural food processing residues, waste water treatment residues, animal manures, and grass.

Why Renewable Gas?

Benefits for Ireland

  • Address our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions crisis
  • Transition to a low carbon economy
  • Maximise the use of the existing natural gas network in a sustainable way
  • Diversification of family farm incomes
  • Meet transport emissions targets (RES-T)

Benefits for large industry

  • Versatile, efficient, clean and secure fuel
  • Reduces CO 2  emissions, helping to achieve carbon targets
  • Utilising sustainable, indigenous energy sources
  • Fulfilling corporate climate commitments
  • Meet renewable heat targets (RES-H)

Our Renewable Gas Projects

Gas Networks Ireland is currently working with various stakeholders to enable renewable gas supply in Ireland, while developing the necessary industry and regulatory arrangements including technical, commercial and legal frameworks. We are planning Ireland’s first renewable gas injection facility and intend to facilitate a number of additional gas grid injection points over the next decade.