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United Drug make the switch to renewable gas to power a more sustainable future

United Drug make the switch to renewable gas to power a more sustainable future

United Drug has made the switch to a Renewable Gas, Biomethane as part of our efforts to become carbon Neutral by 2030. The biomethane supplied by Flogas Enterprise and sourced from Green Generation in Cush, Co Kildare, will increase incrementally in the coming years. 

Paul Reilly, CEO of United Drug comments:

“Our mission is to become carbon neutral by 2030 and this is an important step in cutting our carbon emissions.”

“It will enable our business to become more sustainable and provide us with a long-term solution to our requirements. It also reflects our values and desire to do our part in the community to lead the way in responding to climate change. We are replacing our existing energy sources with sustainable, more environmentally friendly alternatives with the focus on a sole use of electricity from renewable energy sources.” 

Renewable gas, also known as biomethane, is a clean, renewable and carbon neutral fuel

Its potential as a renewable fuel for transport, heat and electricity is well-recognised in the EU’s commitment to becoming a highly energy-efficient, low carbon economy. Flogas Enterprise are proud to have been the first company to offer it to commercial customers in Ireland.

This Renewable gas is produced using a process called Anaerobic Digestion.  Food waste or other waste products are broken down using bacteria, creating both the renewable gas and a nutrient rich fertilizer which can then be used on local farms, reducing their need for chemicals.

Commercial Director for Flogas Enterprise, Barry Murphy comments:

 “This is an exciting development in the Irish market. Ireland has significant untapped potential in renewable gas. We have a long-term history of supplying natural gas to United Drug for over 12 years and this new contract will see 10% of their total gas requirements in the next year, supplied as renewable gas by us.”

“We see a growing demand for this in Ireland and believe that it will play a crucial part both in powering Ireland’s future and in helping companies make the transition to renewable power”

The EU Commission has identified Ireland as being the country with the greatest potential for developing this clean energy per capita. 

Flogas Enterprise point out that according to their data day ahead gas prices have risen circa 350% in 2021 and this has put a focus on the strategic importance of developing indigenous gas supplies in Ireland.

For more information, see the RTE article here.