Biogas

Biogas can provide a clean, easily controlled source of renewable energy from organic waste materials for a small labour input, replacing firewood or fossil fuels. Biogas is a mixture of methane and other gases produced from the decomposition of organic materials. It is produced naturally in landfills and from the processing of animal waste, sewage, crop-waste and cellulosic & non- cellulosic crops.

Benefits of using alternative fuels instead of diesel gas provide several environmental & health benefits, including improved air quality, decreased ground level ozone & decreased respiratory problems. To date progress in Ireland has been slow however biogas is becoming an attractive industry to enter.

How can we help?
McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan have worked on many biogas plants in recent years and have extensive experience in carry out necessary work in this field.

Services that we provide in this area include:
· Ecological Surveys: Survey site selection options to assess ecological value of various route options.

· Ecological Impact Assessment: Assess the impact of the energy projects on the environment and then a report that can be submitted with a planning application.


· Ecology EIS Section:  Assess the ecological impact of the energy project in a format that can be incorporated into the Ecology section of an EIS.

· Preliminary Ecological Assessments: Assess the ecological value of a proposed energy project site or supply route to determine how much further surveying may be required.


· Habitat Mapping: Map habitats along the power line route or within the site of a proposed energy project to establish baseline data and assist in assessing routing options.

· Bird Surveying: Survey proposed sites for bird species, that may be impacted by the proposed development.


· Bat Surveying:  Survey proposed sites, or buildings due to be demolished, trees or hedgerows due to be felled to find bat roosts, and remove protected species to safety under licence.


· Crayfish Surveying & Relocations: Capture, identify and relocate this protected species under licence, where energy projects are planned within or adjacent to suitable watercourses.


· Electro fishing: Capture, identify and relocate fish under licence, where energy project works are planned within or adjacent to suitable watercourses.


· Site & Construction Supervision:  Monitor energy project construction operations to ensure works are not giving rise to environmental nuisances or pollution.


· Environmental Impact Assessments: Assess the potential environmental impacts of an energy project scheme project and plan for the mitigation of identified impacts.


· EIA Screening:  Determine if an energy project requires an Environmental Impact Assessment.

· Socio-Economic Impact Assessments: Assess the socio-economic impacts of an energy project in a format that can be incorporated into an EIS document.


· Environmental Monitoring:  Monitor environmental factors such as water, noise and dust, to comply with planning requirements or EIS mitigation measure limits, or to ensure mitigation measures are operating as planned.


· Water Quality Monitoring: Sample and analyse water samples to establish baseline prior to construction operations commencing, and to allow comparison analysis with samples taken during construction to determine if construction operations are affecting water quality.


· Dust Monitoring:  Monitor dust deposition to establish baseline prior to construction operations commencing, and to allow comparison analysis with monitoring during construction to determine if construction operations are affecting air quality.


· Noise Monitoring:  Monitor noise to establish baseline prior to construction operations commencing, and allow comparison with monitoring during construction to determine if construction operations are creating a noise nuisance.


· Environmental Auditing:  Assess compliance with planning or environmental conditions by means of regular site visits, and compliance reporting.


· Risk Management Planning: Assess potential environmental risks associated with construction phase of energy projects prior to commencement on a site-specific basis, to ensure effective mitigation.


· Site Supervision & Construction Site Setup: Plan and supervise construction site setup and the installation of mitigation measures for energy projects, including settlement ponds, silt fences, silt curtains, tree fences etc.

· Construction Waste Management Plans: Plan for the management of waste that will arise during the construction phase of an energy project, an increasingly common planning requirement.
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