Irish Times Innovation Award

Sustainability category winner: GlasPort Bio

GlasPort Bio’s innovative technology, GasAbate, which tackles agricultural emissions at source, was awarded the prestigious Irish Times Innovation Award for Sustainability in March 2022.

The company targets methane emissions both from animal manure and from the animals themselves. “The reason why we focus on methane is that it is 30 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas,” Dr. Ruairi Friel, CEO of GlasPort Bio explains. “It only persists in the atmosphere for 12 years or so. That means we can have real near-term impact on overall levels by addressing it now.”

GasAbate has been trialled successfully on a dairy farm and a pig firm and the company hopes to launch the product onto the market later this year or early in 2023.

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Quotation

The greatest problem solvers

We are, after all, the greatest problem solvers to have ever existed on Earth. If working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet. Surely working together, we are powerful enough to save it.

Veteran British broadcaster and documentary maker David Attenborough.

The GasAbate innovation is disruptive

The [GasAbate] innovation is disruptive and would be a game-changing technology. The impact for the environment is significant and it would put Europe worldwide on the leading edge

European Commission, EIC Review panel

2019 Climate Action Summit

The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.

António Guterres - Remarks at 2019 Climate Action Summit

The strongest lever

Cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years

Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme