Thursday, 22 September 2022
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
336. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated current and capital funding which he intends to be allocated from his Department's budget in respect of development of the use of anaerobic digestion; the purpose of any funding allocations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46449/22]
The recent Government agreement on Sectoral Emissions Ceilings has increased the ambition for the production of biomethane.
As committed to as part of the Sectoral Emissions Ceilings agreement an obligation on the heat sector to include renewable heat will be introduced by 2024. The introduction of this Obligation will incentivise the use of renewable heat (including use of biomethane), while spreading the obligation across all non-renewable fuel types. A technical consultation will soon be undertaken, to directly inform the design of a Renewable Heat Obligation.
My officials continue to work closely with officials from the Department of Environment, Climate Action and Communications to develop an All-of-Government approach so that the production of up to 5.7 TWh of biomethane in Ireland is realised.