Farmer’s Forum

Friday, October 4th, 8.00pm 

An Díseart, Green Street Dingle

Topic: “Farming – the key to a sustainable future”

There has been a lot of work done in the past year to build an understanding of what climate change is going to mean for farmers and others on the Dingle Peninsula. We know that we must move away from using fossil fuels so how can we avail of the opportunities that this will present? Is it possible to both to save money and create employment and profitable businesses from these  opportunities?

Gas Networks Ireland will chair the proceedings for the evening. Ireland’s journey to a low carbon economy has begun Gas Networks Ireland is driving forward carbon neutral renewable gas.  This new energy source will reduce our emissions, increase our energy independence and create a new source of jobs and income for rural communities and Irish farms. www.gasnetworks.ie

Speakers

Deirdre de Bhailís, Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub will introduce the event and give an update of sustainable energy initiatives on the Dingle Peninsula. www.dinglehub.com

Xavier Dubuisson, (XD Consulting, mentor for Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland), is the lead consultant on the Feasibility Study for Anaerobic Digestion on the Dingle Peninsula. The study began in May 2019 and Xavier will share the progress to date.

Kieran Coffey is a design engineer for water and wastewater projects for over 25 years.  In 2017 Kieran received a funding award from the Sustainability Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to build a micro scale digester for the treatment of food waste. The unit supplies enough biogas for most of our family’s cooking needs. For more information see www.mygug.eu 

Áine Macken-Walsh is a Senior Research Officer at Teagasc’s Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP). She will provide information on the EU SKIN (Short supply chain Knowledge Innovation Networks) project that is underway on the Dingle Peninsula which seeks to identify new business ideas  and build the necessary support infrastructure to enable the short food supply chain economy, based on common values on food, its origin and production method. http://www.shortfoodchain.eu

Panel Discussion – Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Dingle Peninsula

Denis Galvin, Lispole ESB Networks Ambassador and IoT Farm Ambassador 

Noel Malone, Gortadoo StoreNet battery project participant

Xavier Dubuisson Lead consultant on Anaerobic Digestion Study

Áine Macken-Walsh Senior Research Officer at Teagasc

Richard O’Shea MaREI Researcher whose work is focused on using by-products from a food and drink industry to produce renewable gas in order to reduce CO2 emissions at the plant. 

There will be technology demonstrations, an information fair and tea/coffee and refreshments in the adjacent room. 

An art exhibition showing heritage grains from the EU project CERERE will be on display for the event and will remain in An Díseart for the duration of the festival. It will then move to the Dingle Hub for the month of October.

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

This event is sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland.

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