The Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI), Ireland’s national co-ordination and design authority for renewable gas (biomethane), has announced the appointment of two well-respected leaders from within the dairy and energy sectors to its board of directors.
Dr Ann Marie Henihan, centre director at the Irish Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC), and Paul Murphy of Climeaction, part of the Leading-Edge Group, have both joined the board. They join JP Prendergast (chairman) , PJ McCarthy (CEO), Seamus Crickley, chairman of WEW Engineering and Dr James McGreer, Nova UCD on the RGFI board.
Welcoming Dr Henihan and Mr Murphy, Mayo man and RGFI chairman, JP Prendergast said they bring a wealth of leadership and expertise to RGFI at an exciting time for the development of the biomethane sector in Ireland.
“We welcome our new board members who are committed to developing integrated practical solutions to sustainability and who are closely aligned with the RGFI vision of collaboration to develop indigenous sustainable AD (anaerobic digestion) biomethane as a central enabler of the Irish bio economy,” said Mr Prendergast.
Originally from Claremorris, JP Prendergast is at the forefront of RGFI’s work to develop a sustainable, farm-based biomethane industry in Ireland. Mr Prendergast founded the Claremorris and Western District Energy Co-Op to support renewable energy projects in the community. He is also actively involved with Community Power, Ireland’s first community-owned renewable electricity supplier.
“I believe in taking a new approach to tackling the climate crisis, showing how communities can become energy-independent and ultimately free from fossil fuels.
“If you want change, you have to bring the community along with you. I believe that it’s not just the fairest way, but the fastest way to implement renewable energy projects because you have the support of people locally, and they can see the benefits for themselves.
“Biomethane, in particular, offers a huge opportunity for rural Ireland. It has the potential to decarbonise thermal heat processes and support a move towards regenerative farming with the production of organic, biofertilisers, and associated positive impacts on water quality, as well as other environmental, economic, and social benefits,” said Mr Prendergast. The RGFI is a member organisation which advocates for the biomethane industry. Its membership includes scientists, AD developers and operators, farmers, community organisations, shippers, and industrial gas consumers in the food and transport sectors.