Join IrBEA now and network with other businesses in the sector, attend events and keep informed through our weekly e-bulletins, e-newsletters and social media alerts. We update members on developments in the Irish bioenergy sector, including government consultations, business opportunities and lobbying strategies. Being a member of IrBEA brings you benefits through policy development and lobbying, networking, information and knowledge sharing – and ultimately better business success. Register here
IrBEA membership benefits include:
Policy development – The sheer quantity of new renewable energy policy means it can be almost impossible to keep on top of it all. IrBEA policy specialists, who are often national and EU leaders in their field, provide information to members on a daily basis to save them time and money. IrBEA’s various technology sector groups shape our work. In 2017 IrBEA consulted on the final phase of the RHI submission and lobbied effectively to see a commitment from DCCAE to announce the scheme in 2017 with a launch date for mid-2018. We also consulted on the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), the Enduring Connection Policy (ECP) by the CRU and the Biofuels Obligation Scheme (BOS) by the DCCAE.
IrBEA regularly lobbies Government, its departments, their agencies and Parliamentarians, through policy development and pro-active campaigns. IrBEA has several cross-cutting groups that work closely with the IrBEA’s technology and policy groups. Categories of membership dictate how many sector groups members can join – the Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme an example of this.
The Wood Fuel Quality Assurance Scheme – established in 2009, sets quality standards in wood supply and promotes market confidence in wood fuels in Ireland. Administered by IrBEA and supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the scheme assists consumers to purchase quality wood fuels sustainably produced in compliance with EU Timber Regulations and EN 17225 which meet the supplier’s product specifications. Using a WFQA wood fuel ensures matching the correct grade of wood fuel to the wood burning appliance / biomass boiler thus providing optimal efficiency and heating. Given that WFQA assured timber and biomass will be included in the pending National Clear Air Strategy and the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat, now is the time to register and join the WFQA. www.wfqa.org
Securing action – We work collaboratively with Parliamentarians, NGOs, Think Tanks and others to secure political support at National and EU level. We offer direct discussions with bioenergy experts for all your questions and tailor made requests.
Communications – Every fortnight, IrBEA emails out a member-only newsletter, containing must know information, key diary dates, a table detailing the status of the various consultations we will or will not be responding to. Each fortnight members also receive an events and opportunities newsletter, highlighting events we are running, participating in or have secured a members’ discount. Members receive a company listing on our website www.irbea.org and in our on-line Directory with the option of uploading your logo. Members can also use the IrBEA logo on company and promotional material which will also be complemented by promotion of your activities, services and products via our communication channels.
Events; A number of cross-cutting set-piece events are organised by the IrBEA throughout the year, including the National Bioenergy Conference – Bioenergy Future Ireland on the 21 February 2018 with specific topical industry events and seminars highlighting key areas of interest such as; Planning and Grid, sustainability, finance and quality assurance.
The theme of the Bioenergy Future Ireland 2018 is very much to develop continuous improvement, sustainability and operational excellence within the Irish Bioenergy sector and to create opportunities for sustainable growth. For 2018 we are moving our event to Croke Park which will showcase at a high level the entire bioenergy sector in Ireland has to offer. The event will attract senior-level executives and influencers from Irish industry & business, national grid, supply, finance and Government to create an environment in which to network, do business and access frontier knowledge on the latest developments, trends, strategies and policies relating to one of Ireland’s most important energy sectors.Delegates will hear engaging presentations from some of the most influential people in the Irish & International bioenergy sectors and there will be multiple engagement opportunities with speakers, IrBEA CEO and President along with Government, Industry and Solution Supplier representatives.
For 2018 IrBEA are planning to develop and integrate Webinars and Breakfast Briefings as a method to improve our communications with our members on key discussion topics which will allow access to a large number of stakeholders in the bioenergy sector.
Training – We also run a programme of highly successful, tailored, training workshops, offering an in-depth, very detailed session on key policy areas such as Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) and Financing Future Bioenergy Projects.