Being a member of IrBEA brings you benefits through policy development and lobbying, networking, information and knowledge sharing – and ultimately better business success. I’ll explain:
1. Policy Development & lobbying/influence: IrBEA develops policy to respond to government consultations on improving sustainable bioenergy markets. We also identify changes that are needed to legislation and incentives outside of formal consultation processes. Bioenergy markets are growing, as Ireland/UK/Europe and the world move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources.
We use the policy papers to represent members’ interests in discussions with government and agencies. The aim is to improve market conditions for biomass as renewable energy to replace fossil fuels. Ultimately, the benefits these actions bring to members are improved financial returns – including for a) quality biomass fuel suppliers; b) technology providers (biomass boilers, combined heat and power plants, gas engines, anaerobic digestion plants, tank and storage systems, stoves); c) energy producers and suppliers; d) bioenergy and environmental development consultants, certifiers and engineers. Other member types who benefit include farmers and foresters, energy services companies (ESCOs), finance providers, legal and accounting firms, energy agencies, waste management companies, energy agencies, county/city councils, regional and local development organisations. IrBEA and its members have set up a number of specialist Groups to work on particular policy areas, including i) Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), ii) Biogas, iii) Energy Crops, iv) Domestic Biomass Fuels. IrBEA also manages the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme (WFQA) – an industry quality standard.
2. Networking: We provide numerous opportunities to network with other sector players through IrBEA Groups, annual conference, seminars, workshops, study tours, other special events and through digital platforms.
3. Information and knowledge sharing: Information and knowledge are keys to good decision making and for getting ahead in business. Through our weekly e-bulletin, monthly e-newsletter, social media and other digital alerts, plus member meetings we inform about market measures, consultations, trends and predictions, business opportunities, events, studies and other resources. Our website includes a Member section with an expanding array of material on specific themes.
4. A renewable heat incentive (RHI) is promised for 2016 (in reality probably Q1/Q2 2017) which will stimulate greatly the market for biomass, heat and CHP technologies.
5. SEAI’s energy targets report April 2016 says “Deep decarbonisation of the energy sector needs to start now if 2050 benchmarks are to be achieved.”
There are great prospects for bioenergy way into the future!!!
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