Farmer’s Forum –  Friday October 5th, 8.00pm, An Diseart, Green Street, Dingle

Topic: “Farming and Energy – A Time of Transition?”

There is a lot of talk about how the weather is changing, how that links to climate change & how we’re all going to have to move away from fossil fuels.

What’s it all going to mean for farmers & others on the Dingle Peninsula?

– What are rural communities doing to take control of their energy futures?

– What can farmers do to save money?

– What is the potential for farmers to make money from this transition?

Speakers

Deirdre de Bhailís, Dingle Hub, will introduce the event and give an overview of sustainable energy initiatives on the Dingle Peninsula, including Dingle 2030, ESB Networks Dingle project & the new Dingle Sustainable Energy Community that she is co-ordinating. www.dinglehub.com

Xavier Dubuisson, (XD Consulting, mentor for Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland), will outline the different funding opportunities & supports that are available for energy efficiency renewable energy at home, on farms & within the community. www.seai.ie

Ian O’Flynn (Head of Commercial, Gas Networks Ireland ) Ireland’s journey to a low carbon economy has begun & natural gas is driving it forward. This year, Gas Networks Ireland is taking the next step on the journey, launching carbon neutral renewable gas. This new energy source will reduce our emissions, increase our energy independence & create a new source of jobs & income for rural communities & Irish farms.

Shane McDonagh, (MAREI – Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland, part of UCC) Shane will talk about using anaerobic digestion to help decarbonise the gas grid & as our largest source of emissions, our agricultural sector too. Anaerobic digestion is a proven technology that provides a chance to produce clean energy, clean up farming & diversify rural incomes. As a world leading research centre, MaREI aims to provide a roadmap for the use of biomass & wastes in creating a green energy future for Ireland that leverages our strong farming tradition. www.marei.ie

Barry Caslin, (Bioenergy & Rural Development Specialist at Teagasc) will look at energy efficiency & renewable energy opportunities for farmers in Dingle & discuss existing & forthcoming support schemes in this area. www.teagasc.ie

Thomas O’Connor will give us the benefit of more than 10 years experience of trying to deliver sustainable farming & contributing to a sustainable energy transition for Kerry. Thomas is a farmer, running Manna Organic Farm and Store with his wife Claire. He is a founding member of Transition Kerry who are currently working on a Transition Farming series of workshops. www.mannaorganicstore.ie www.transitionkerry.org

There will be plenty of time for questions & discussions between speakers & an information fair with relevant stallholders & tea/coffee in the adjacent room.

(Information Fair will run from 7.30pm)

Please come at whatever time you can between 8:00pm & 10.00pm. You will be very welcome.

This event and is sponsored by Gas Network Ireland (GNI) and is supported by the SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Community programme.

 

 

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