Developing biomethane production in Northern Ireland call for evidence

Consultation opened on 17 May 2024. Closing date 09 August 2024 at 17:00.


This call for evidence seeks information, data and views on a range of issues relating to the development of a sustainable biomethane sector in Northern Ireland.


Consultation description

Biomethane, a carbon neutral renewable gas which can be produced locally, could contribute to both decarbonising and growing the Northern Ireland economy. Research has indicated that, due to our large agricultural sector, we have significant biomethane potential. The challenge is to develop an effective policy framework which could unlock the biomethane economy and help the sector to become economically viable without long-term subsidies. 

This call for evidence is seeking information on a range of issues, including:

  • the potential role for biomethane in the path to net zero energy
  • ways of managing the feedstocks required to ensure a sustainable supply for biomethane production
  • the economic viability of local biomethane production
  • the treatment of costs related to connecting biomethane production sites to the gas network
  • any other key issues.

Your responses will help to form a comprehensive evidence base for the development of biomethane policy.


The department has arranged stakeholder engagement workshops:

Date Venue
Thursday 27 June 2024 Belfast Met e3 Campus, Belfast
Monday 29 July 2024 CAFRE Loughrey Campus, Cookstown

To register for a workshop, or for further information, please email:


Ways to respond

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Green Gas Team
Department for the Economy
Adelaide House
39-49 Adelaide Street

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