Ministers watch green technology at Granville EcoPark

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Economy Minister Gordon Lyons MP and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MP visited Granville EcoPark Ltd in Dungannon to see the company’s latest developments in green technology.

During a visit to the site, the Ministers were able to discover the company’s anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and heard about their projects to support the agri-food sector, while contributing to the circular economy; as well as their plans to achieve Net Zero goals.

Minister Poots said: “It was great to visit a company like Granville EcoPark and see the work they are doing to turn waste into a clean, renewable source of energy.”

The Minister continued: “Projects such as the EcoPark really demonstrate the opportunities that can arise through innovative approaches to existing challenges. This is a great example of green growth in action, because not only does it help us move from a high-emissions society to a low-emissions society, but it also improves people’s quality of life through a cleaner environment, as well as the creation of green jobs for the local community.

“My department is committed to addressing issues related to climate change and the continued protection and enhancement of the environment and is leading the development of NI’s draft Executive Green Growth Strategy. It is imperative that we all take action on climate change and ‘green growth’ and it is encouraging that so many private sector companies, like Granville EcoPark, are already thinking green, doing things differently and in less harmful ways . ”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “Granville EcoPark presents a great opportunity to harness anaerobic digestion technology to meet the challenges of the agri-food sector, while contributing to the decarbonisation of heat, thanks to the injection of biomethane into the existing gas network. , as envisioned in the Energy Strategy – Towards Net Zero. It’s an impressive example of how this kind of technology can support a circular economy.

”Extensive work has been undertaken by the utility regulator and the gas industry to review the regulatory regime for biomethane injection. In addition, my department, in cooperation with the utility regulator, has commissioned research into biomethane resources in Northern Ireland and in relation to the economics of biomethane. This will help inform how biomethane production and future market arrangements can contribute to the decarbonisation of heat in particular, and support renewable electricity generation and the decarbonisation of transport.

Ministers were also introduced to Granville’s “Smart Loop System” which uses sustainable biogas from its AD plant to transport renewable energy to customer sites. The company also plans to be the first AD plant in Northern Ireland to be connected to the gas grid and will soon develop a commercial carbon dioxide product as an additional sustainability offering for food customers. and drinks.

Granville EcoPark Ltd and BioCapital Ltd Technical Director Dr David McKee said: “It was a privilege to show Ministers our facility and show how we have optimized our processes to make the most of the resources available as we move forward. and as we do our part to help decarbonise Northern Ireland’s economy.

“Our renewable gas is currently transported to our customers’ facilities using state-of-the-art gas trucks and Granville is on track to be the first anaerobic digestion facility to connect to the local natural gas grid. . Once grid injection is available, locally produced renewable gases will be available to local consumers and help accelerate Northern Ireland’s journey to net zero carbon.

“Anaerobic digestion has a host of environmental benefits as it helps to decarbonize agri-food, waste, transportation and manufacturing with the added benefit of having salable by-products.

“Our Granville facility currently produces enough gas to supply the town of Dungannon, so we look forward to being able to introduce this renewable product directly into the local gas grid later this year.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. DAERA is leading the development of the Executive’s Green Growth Strategy, which will deliver on the commitment made in the new decade, a new approach to tackle climate change head-on with a strategy to address the immediate and longer term climate change. It is a multi-decade strategy that will set out the long-term vision, ambition and goals, as well as a solid framework for tackling the climate crisis in the right way.
  2. The executive approved the draft strategy for consultation ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) last year. The consultation ended in December 2021, a 12-week EQIA consultation on the strategy has also ended.
  3. Work to modify the Green Growth Strategy continues, taking into account the analysis of feedback and comments from the consultations. The strategy will be cross-cutting and will be implemented through a series of climate action plans, which will set out actions to achieve sector-specific greenhouse gas emissions targets to create an enabling environment. cleaner and richer in biodiversity; ensure more efficient use of resources in a circular economy; and green jobs.
  4. All media inquiries should be directed to the DAERA Press Office at: [email protected]​​
  5. The Executive Information Service runs an after-hours service for media inquiries only between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends and public holidays. The permanent press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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