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IrBEA National Conference – Bioenergy Future Ireland 2018

‘Opportunities for Sustainable Growth’

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Croke Park, Dublin

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) are pleased to announce its 2018 National Conference – Bioenergy Future Ireland which will take place on the 21st February in Croke Park, Dublin.

The theme of 2018’s event is to develop the continuous improvement, sustainability and operational excellence within the Irish Bioenergy sector and to create opportunities for sustainable growth.

‘Bioenergy Future Ireland will bring together industry leaders and like-minded individuals to openly discuss the importance of operational excellence and sustainability of many topics. These include the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), RES (E), RED II, Sustainable Biomass, Combined Heat and Power, Biogas, Biofuels and much more,’ says Dr Ger Devlin, IrBEA CEO.

Delegates will hear presentations from the most influential people in the Irish and international bioenergy sectors. There will be multiple engagement opportunities with speakers, the IrBEA CEO and President, along with the government, industry and solution supplier representatives.

Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy today, providing heat and electricity, as well as transport fuels. The use of biomass power has continued to grow in recent years and can play a key role in decarbonising our economy. Biomass for heat has grown more slowly and with limited policy support but with the planned Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launch this will start to change.

The National Mitigation Plan suggests bioenergy will be the dominant energy source by 2050. However, policy uncertainties – mostly related to the debate on appropriate sustainability criteria under RED II – plus other structural challenges have the potential to constrain the expansion of bioenergy, not just in Ireland but at EU level too. Therefore, it is imperative to successfully set out a roadmap as to how Ireland will meet its 2050 energy transition objectives.

‘Looking to the future, more needs to be done to bolster bioenergy, which has considerable potential to help drive the energy transition. IrBEA is leading this energy transition through the government and at European Commission level to contribute to policy development and regulatory details to develop sustainable bioenergy markets,’ Des O’Toole, IrBEA President.

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

With over 200 members, IrBEA is the national association representing the bioenergy industry on the island of Ireland. The main objectives of the association are to influence policy makers, to promote the development of bioenergy and to promote the interests of its members. Improving public awareness, networking and information sharing and liaising with similar interest groups are other key areas of work in promoting biomass as an environmental, economic and socially-sustainable energy resource.

For more information about the IrBEA Bioenergy Future Ireland Conference 2018 please contact media partner – Ronan McGlade / Telephone: 046 9773434 / Email: ronan@boxmedia.ie

Check our website www.bioenergyfutureireland.com for registration and live updates on speakers, agenda details and exhibition opportunities.

Follow us on Twitter @bioenergyfutureireland

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Field-trip to Finland hosted by Bioenergy4Business

Teresa O’Brien, IRBEA’s Communications Manager took time out to take part in trip organised by Motiva from Finland. It was organised under the project Bioenergy4Business which  invited people from all over Europe to view biomass heat and power plants large and small in Finland. Delegates from Finland, Ireland, Greece, Ukraine and Crete were represented. We viewed many biomass plants of varying sizes and functions. An impressive newly built (2015) district heating plant (50 MW) in Tampere with the very latest technology & automation system. It was serviced with woodchip delivery trucks arrive every 3 hours during the day to supply the demand. We met with several heating entrepreneurs, one supplying heat via a woodchip boiler  to a cement factory and local industrial park, with an investment of 4 km of pipes to supply his clients. Another entrepreneur supplied a school and sports hall with his 2 x1 MWH Faust boilers running adjacent to one another with the old school oil boiler used as backup. We are dealing with a completely different energy model in Finland but there are lessons to be learnt – one of the examples that stood out was the ease at which young entrepreneurs can source financing for small heat plants (10MW) with payback period for the investment around about 10 years. We have to consider with these numbers that in Finland wood-chip fired heating is estimated to be one-third cheaper than oil – unfortunately this is not the case in Ireland right now. If you are interested in reading the field notes and seeing photos, view here

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A report from IRBEA’s field trip to Denmark

Donal Magner attended IrBEA’s Bioenergy field trip to Denmark last September, he has now written a interesting report on the tour, it contains a wealth of information on how the renewable industry operates in Denmark and makes suggestions on how we can replicate some of these models in Ireland. View here or download

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Tender for Biomass Fuel and Boiler Maintenance

Currently out for tender is supply of biomass fuel heat and boiler maintenance at two Teagasc sites – Oak Park, Carlow and Johnstown Castle, Wexford. View tender details Contact at Siobhan Culleton – 0599183444.  Deadline for application is 22-10-2016 16:00

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GREBE project launch – details and presentations

The EU-funded project ‘Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise’ (GREBE) was launched in Ballina, Co Mayo, at the end of February. IrBEA is an associate partner in the project which is led by Western Development Commission and has partners from the North West Periphery Region including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Iceland and Finland. GREBE aims to equip SMEs and start-ups with the skills and confidence to overcome sector challenges in their areas and use place-based natural assets for renewable energy to sustainable effect. Presentations from the launch and other project detail are available here

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Press Release – IrBEA Response To Energy White Paper Launch

The Irish Bioenergy Association welcomes the publication of the Energy White Paper by Minister Alex White

As a strategy it is an ambitious plan to achieve important targets for renewable energy.
The weakness in the plan is the ability to convert this ambition into action. For example, a renewable heat incentive was promised since May 2014, and at the earliest this will commence at end of 2016. This long roll-out has resulted in market stagnation.
The report accurately points out that Bioenergy has the potential to create 5000 jobs as well as reducing our carbon emissions, however these benefits can not be fully realised unless the proposed policy measures are promptly implemented.
The transition to sustainable energy sources is a massive undertaking. We are calling on the Minister to follow today’s launch by:

1. Bolstering his department with the necessary resources to undertake this challenge.
2. Fastracking proposed support schemes for renewable heat and electricity.
For further information contact
Michael Hegarty 087-0556630
IrBEA General Manager

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The Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) notes the Minister has announced increases to energy efficiency grants for householders, effective immediately. IrBEA broadly welcomes this measure, but we do not support the decision to continue to grant aid oil and gas boilers while not grant aiding boilers that run on renewable biomass fuels. Read more

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