DAERA to headline 2023 Northern Ireland Conference on Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas

Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) will host the event at the ICC Belfast on 7th September.



Jonathan McFerran, Deputy Director of Green Growth and Climate Action Delivery, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland Executive, will provide the keynote address at the ADBA Northern Ireland Conference 2023, taking place in Belfast on 7th September.

Organised by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), and chaired by former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, now chair of ADBA, the full-day conference – entitled “AD and Biogas: Accelerating the Net Zero transition”, will discuss:

  • The benefits of anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas for the environment, energy and the economy in NI
  • Biomethane injection into the gas grid
  • On-farm AD and agriculture in NI
  • AD opportunities in NI’s circular economy strategy
  • Funding biogas projects in NI

ADBA Policy Analyst Wasundara Doradeniya will make the case for biogas in Northern Ireland.  The conference will also feature a dedicated “Ask the Experts” session enabling delegates to ask all questions AD.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John McLenaghan, Deputy President, Ulster Farmers Union
  • Russell Smyth, Partner, KPMG
  • Professor Stuart L. James, Research Centre in Sustainable Energy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Declan McLaughlin, Head of Projects, Bio Capital
  • David Porter, Director, Realistic Agri
  • Veronika Gallagher, Regulatory Analyst, Utility Regulator
  • Rachael Hook, Head of Recycling & Waste Sector Climate Action Plan, DAERA, Northern Ireland Executive
  • Emma-Louise Kells, Environmental Advisor, Department of Agriculture, Business in the Community Northern Ireland
  • Martin Doherty, Centre Manager, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy
  • Iria Nicholas, Principal Process Engineer, SLR Consulting
  • Shane Doherty, Biomethane Development, Renewable Transport Fuel Services Ltd (RTFS)


The recent launch of a biomethane to grid project in Northern Ireland illustrates the increasing role played by our industry in supporting the country’s transition to Net Zero.  The ADBA Northern Ireland Conference promises to provide a wealth of information on the outlook of AD and biogas in the province and how it can be rapidly scaled up there.  It’s an important conference to attend for all stakeholders involved in delivering on the Northern Ireland Government’s decarbonisation ambitions.


View the full programme and register