SAVE THE DATE: BIOENERGY FUTURE IRELAND CONFERENCE – WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2020

Bioenergy Future Ireland 2020 will attract senior-level executives & decision-makers from the Irish Bioenergy community to create an environment in which to network, do business and access knowledge on the latest developments, trends, strategies and policies relating to energy consumption in Ireland.

IrBEA intends to lead the way on best practices for applications to the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat which was launched this year. This scheme along with other schemes will be discussed in detail at the conference.

This National Conference intends to showcase what Ireland has to offer and to share, network & engage with key national & international companies and technologies. Delegates will discuss, learn & develop the next steps for leading organisations with global aspirations & ambitions and engage with companies at the next level of capability in Bioenergy.

Finally it’s an opportunity to bring together a community of like-minded individuals to openly discuss the philosophy that pursues the continuous development of the Irish Bioeconomy.

FOR INFORMATION ON EXHIBITING & BOOKINGS GO TO https://lnkd.in/eJbp7x9

SMALL BIOGAS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT – 7 NATIONWIDE BIOGAS INFORMATION WORKSHOPS

Are you interested in developing a small scale biogas plant on your working farm?

The Irish Bioenergy Association in conjunction with Teagasc are holding a series of workshops to explore how biogas (anaerobic digestion) can be used to recycle farm wastes and by-products into useful energy and fertiliser. This is an European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Project – Small Biogas Demonstrations Project, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) under Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.
We are looking for suitable farms to join the partnership in developing small scale biogas on working farms. This may be of interest to dairy, beef, poultry, pig and tillage farms, as well as having interesting potential for the horticultural sector. If you are interested in finding out more please book into one of our workshops around the country.

All workshops will commence registration at 9.30am and aim to start at 10.00am (Finish 01.00pm)*, click links to register for your preferred location:

01st October – Teagasc Research Centre, Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath

07th October – Centre of Excellence, O’Moore Park (GAA pitch), Portlaoise

09th October – Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam, Co Galway

10th October – Teagasc Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan

11th October – Teagasc, Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford

14th October –  Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork  Note: 11am start

18th October – Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim

Speakers will include IrBEA Representatives, Teagasc Representative and other industry stakeholders.

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SAVE THE DATE: BIOENERGY FOR CLIMATE ACTION IN TRANSPORT – 30 OCTOBER 2019

Save-the-Date for an all-day conference on Ireland’s transport energy mix, the Climate Action Plan and bioenergy. Ethanol Europe are teaming up with the IrBEA to host an exciting day of discussion about climate action, transport and bioenergy:

  • Latest UN science report SR15 says bioenergy is as important as electromobility if 1.5% warming limit to be achieved
  • Ireland’s welcome ambition: from “laggard” to leader
  • Conventional fleet still growing.  Is it realistic to expect a million EVs on the road by 2030 and if we do have them, will they cut GHGs by government goal of 45-50%? 
  • Ireland’s current transport energy mix
  • Used Cooking Oil (and the diesel that gets counted as used cooking oil) is lion’s share of Ireland’s current transport climate progress
  • Transport climate programmes in other EU Member States
  • Effort Sharing, Von der Leyen and Greta Thunberg:  Is RED II entirely irrelevant?
  • Prospects for biomethane in Ireland
  • Ethanol fuels 100 million vehicles worldwide and Ireland could have 50,000 of them:  E10 is good for Ireland and can be introduced without delay
  • The new consultation on biofuels (expected opening date on the 30th September) and what it means
  • Bioenergy boost for investment and Ireland farm sector incomes

Full programme to follow in the coming days, if you would like to make any inquires regarding this event please contact Teresa O’Brien at contact@irbea.org or telephone 086 1256709This is a free event but registration is necessary, book here

SAVE THE DATE: IrBEA GALA DINNER – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS – THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2019

Please join us at a gala dinner to celebrate IrBEA achievements over the last 20 years. We would be delighted if you can mark this milestone with us and share in this success story with some great food and entertainment.

We hope all our valued members and colleagues who have supported IrBEA over the years will be at this event. This will be a special occasion where guests will meet past presidents from the Association, it is also an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in the field.

We are delighted to have the use of the Killashee hotel in Naas which is a charming and luxurious hotel with high standards for food and entertainment. We plan to have communal tables of 10 so guests can engage with each other and enjoy the night’s entertainment. We also have rooms reserved at the hotel for guests of this event at a set price.

We are offering companies the opportunity to sponsor a table (or half table), in return we will list those companies on day and give them exposure for their support. If you would like further information on sponsorship or booking guests for the dinner contact Teresa O’Brien at teresaobrien@irbea.org/0861256709

Book your table or place here

Dinner Details

6.30 pm start time with Drinks Reception

7.30 pm Call for Dinner

Dress: Formal Dress

Sponsorship

Full Table Sponsorship €900 – 8 Guests

Half Table Sponsorship €450 – 4 Guests

Individual Dinner – €90

Press Release – “Mobilising an Irish Biogas Industry with Policy and Action”

Press Release: Immediate Release

Biogas Can Addresses Ireland’s Declared Climate Emergency with Government Policy and Action Now

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) and Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland recently launch their joint policy document calling for a biogas support scheme titled “Mobilising an Irish Biogas Industry with Policy and Action”. This document developed following consultation with members and key stakeholders in the sector, sets out a road map for how the government target of 1.6Twh of biomethane by 2030 can be achieved on a phased basis over the next number of years. The document provides the Irish government with an industry roadmap for the role out of a meaningful Irish biogas industry. This document addresses the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action call for a strategy to be developed for anaerobic digestion and also the Government Climate Action Plan action on biomethane injection. This policy document articulates a vision from the industry and outlines the key principles which will need to be followed for the growth and development of a successful Irish biogas industry. Read more

IrBEA Member – 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) are Lead Partners in Interreg NWE Project – REGENERGY

Renewable Energy Regions

Strong partnerships to connect urban demand & rural supply

NWE is one of the EU’s highest energy consuming regions. The share of renewable energy in the region’s production and consumption mix is low and there is a strong dependence on non-renewable energy sources.

RegEnergy aims to break up existing structures for increasing the use of renewable energy in NWE regions. Creating renewable energy demand–supply partnerships between urbanised and surrounding rural territories will lead to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 9 project-partners from 7 NWE countries, representing metropolitan regions, cities, rural communities, regional agencies, scientific institutions and renewable energy producers will develop strategies and models to illustrate how such partnerships can be built. In three strategic areas the missing regional links between demand and supply from renewables will be addressed: The institutional and administrative framework conditions (e.g. cooperation agreements) as well as the main infrastructure (e.g. biogas pipelines) that such partnerships require are as central as the question of required technologies (e.g. smart grids, storage capacities).

Pilot partnerships in across Northwest-Europe will invest in

  • institutional arrangements for regional prosumers
  • lacking renewable infrastructure
  • regional supply-demand chains
  • coping with limited grid capacity and intermittent RE supply
  • balancing regional supply and demand profiles

To sustain and widely spread the results RegEnergy partners will present best-practice and showcases to cooperating regions and will actively help them to develop appropriate RE demand-supply partnerships in their region.

The partnership is led by the European city network Climate Alliance and includes project-partners from France (Brest métropolis), Belgium (Flux50), Great Britain (Plymouth City Council), the Netherlands (Waterstromen), Ireland (3 Counties Energy Agency, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ormonde Upgrading Limited) and Switzerland (Planair).

 

Project funding period: Oct 2018 – Sep 2022
RegEnergy is supported by the INTERREG North-West Europe Program. The total project budget amounts to €11.08 million Euro; application for ERDF funding: 6.1 million Euro.

Want to learn more?  Contact: Sesame Ndlovu via sndlovu@3cea.ie

 

 

IrBEA PRESS RELEASE: Climate Action Plan ambition welcomed but needs to be reinforced with bioenergy support measures

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) welcomes the publication last week of the Climate Action Plan. IrBEA articulates that the renewable energy targets set out in the plan in terms of heat and biomethane will only be realised if backed with significant financial supports.

Speaking on Friday at a technical workshop on the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)  Des O’Toole, IrBEA President & Coillte Market Development Manager said “Overall, sustainably produced biomass will play a key role in Ireland’s transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a low carbon economy. The SSRH unlocks great potential to provide energy savings and carbon emissions reductions by lowering energy costs for Irish industry, it ensures these businesses remain competitive in a global environment”

IrBEA also launched the IrBEA Biomass Heating Systems Designers and Installers Register, IrBEA CEO Seán Finan said “Bioenergy as a fully dispatchable renewable energy technology can assist in achieving our Renewable Energy targets across all three areas of electricity, heat and transport. For bioenergy to become mainstream, meaningful government supports will be required” 

 

Finan continued “Industry feedback following publication of the Climate Action plan suggests that the plan ‘over-emphasises’ the part electricity will play.  IrBEA fully support the target of 70% renewable electricity by 2030. However, electricity is less than one third of our primary energy usage and we cannot expect to decarbonise the economy without addressing heat and transport decarbonisation also. Bioenergy is ideally place to assist in this effort with heat and transport. The potential for use of highly efficient biomass boilers and renewable biogas boilers in domestic houses cannot be overlooked in favour of heat pumps. Biomass systems need to form part of the technology mix to be used in domestic installations”

Noel Gavigan IrBEA executive concluded “ our SSRH Technical workshop today heard calls for the return of the energy crop establishment support scheme to ensure that Irish indigenous energy crops and short rotation coppices are incentivised to assist in satisfying the market needs for biomass which the SSRH will generate. Growing these crops will also assist in the decarbonisation of agriculture and also support rural jobs and economic activity. Attendees acknowledged the importance of competent designers and installers of biomass heating systems as well as quality feedstock certified by the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme (WFQA) as key components for the success of the SSRH scheme”

The Irish Bioenergy Association would like to thank the speakers who gave their time and expertise to this event and all the participants who attended, in excess of 150. If you would like to view the presentations or photos from the day, click here: Presentations Photos

Release Date: 21 June 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE: Support Scheme for Renewable Heat Launch is a Game Changer for the Heat Sector

Press Release:

Immediate Release 04th June 2019

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a Game Changer for the Heat Sector says the Irish Bioenergy Association

The Irish Bioenergy Association welcomes the announcement by Minister Bruton this morning that the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) is open for applications from today.

Speaking following the announcement IrBEA president Des O’Toole said, “The introduction of the SSRH is a game changer as Ireland now urgently needs to address its declared climate emergency. As well as contributing towards Ireland’s ambitious renewable energy targets, the expected growth in demand for biomass will be a key outlet for the increased supply of forest fibre projected over the next 15 years. Its introduction is welcomed and will stimulate further investment across the forestry supply chain and support the creation of new jobs across the rural economy. Ireland now needs to show leadership and drive the climate change agenda and the SSRH is a step in the right direction.”

IrBEA CEO Seán Finan said “After years of waiting and lobbying, IrBEA welcomes the announcement of the opening of the SSRH scheme for Biomass and Anaerobic Digestion (Biogas) heat systems. The biomass heating sector is currently in a state of stagnation and has waited many years for this scheme to open. This scheme is the kick-start that this industry requires to mobilise the renewable heat sector in Ireland. We are currently reviewing the full terms and conditions of the scheme released this morning.  I strongly encourage non-domestic heat users  including farmers to consider applying for this scheme and install a biomass heating system through the SSRH which will deliver long term environmental and economic benefits. ”

IrBEA notes that the scheme is based on 1300 GWh of renewable heat per year, it is envisaged approximately 360,000 tonnes of woodchip or 250,000 tonnes of wood pellets will be required to support this new scheme on a yearly basis. The SSRH scheme will only be successful in assisting with reaching our renewable heat targets if a significant budget is ring-fenced for the scheme.

Finan continued “Minister Bruton and his Department needs to ensure that a significant budget is set aside for this scheme in future years to ensure that the scheme reaches the significant potential which exists to change non-domestic heat-users from fossil fuel based heating sources to renewable biomass sources. In IrBEA, we continue to promote best practices in the biomass heating sector through our Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme (WFQA) and are currently developing our Biomass heating systems register of designers and installers.”

SAVE THE DATE: IrBEA will be running a technical workshop on ‘All you need to know about the SSRH’ aimed at heat users, technology providers, woodfuel suppliers and anyone with an interest in the sector on Friday morning 21st June, at a Dublin venue. Full line-up of speakers and venue to be confirmed in the coming days.

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For Further Information please contact

Seán Finan IrBEA CEO on  087 4146480

SEAI Biomass Heating Workshop

Seán Finan IrBEA CEO presented at an SEAI Workshop in Galway on the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. Seán discussed the opportunities available for reducing your heating bill and increase sustainable opportunities for your business or public sector organisation with Biomass Heating. These half day conferences were aimed at owners/managers of medium sized businesses or organisations with an appetite to cut cost, open opportunities and support local jobs. Included in the picture are Gearóid Dorchaí (Údarás na Gaeltachta), Denis Dineen (SEAI), PJ McLoughlin (SEAI), Seamus Rooney (Ricardo) and Mark Kenny (Biomass Engineering).