The Industrial and Commercial sector (I&C) is of vital economic importance for Ireland. The national gas network can contribute to reducing emissions by working in partnership with industry.
A pathway to decarbonise industry by 2050
Industry accounts for 75% of Ireland’s total emissions. Equal to 5.5Mt CO₂
Irish companies, including large manufacturing and agri-food companies, have signed a carbon pledge to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by 2030
Why gas and the gas network provide a smart solution to decarbonising industry in Ireland.
Many industrial processes such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage processing rely on gas to provide high temperature heat required.
Immediate and increasing emissions savings
As natural gas produces 40% less CO2 than coal and 20% less CO2 than oil, converting I&C companies to natural gas would deliver significant and immediate emissions reductions. Furthermore, as the volume of biomethane on the network increases, those connected to the gas network will increasingly reduce without changing a thing.
Corporate social responsibility
Increasing numbers of multi-national and domestic I&C companies are seeking to use renewable gas to reduce their carbon footprint.
Our vision to decarbonise industry
Converting industry to gas
Convert I&C companies near the gas network from oil and coal to natural gas. As natural gas produces 40% less CO2 than coal and 20% less CO2 than oil, converting I&C companies to natural gas would deliver significant and immediate emissions reductions.
What we are doing
Promoting Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
CHP offers I&C companies the opportunity to significantly reduce their energy use and consequently their carbon emissions. Conventional power generation creates a lot of heat which is normally wasted, whereas a CHP system creates power from this heat and CHP systems powered by gas can reduce primary energy use by up to 50%.
Supporting Green Gas Certification (GGC)
A reliable method of tracing and verifying renewable gas origin is vital to provide confidence to consumers, particularly I&C companies, that the gas delivered is renewable and can be counted against their emission reduction targets. We have developed a GGC scheme for Ireland in partnership with other Irish and European agencies to support the growth of a renewable gas market in Ireland.