The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) in recent weeks has circulated its Programme for Government proposals to political representatives across all political parties and independent groups. The organisation continues to lobby for the Programme for Government to incorporate bioenergy measures and supports to assist economic recovery, emissions reduction targets and climate action. To read the full press release please click here
Press Release for Immediate Release:
IrBEA presents bioenergy proposals for economic recovery and climate action in Programme for Government
The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) in recent weeks has circulated its Programme for Government proposals to political representatives across all political parties and independent groups. The organisation continues to lobby for the Programme for Government to incorporate bioenergy measures and supports to assist economic recovery, emissions reduction targets and climate action.
Seán Finan CEO of IrBEA said “we are calling on all political parties and independent groupings to embrace renewable energy as a robust means to rebuild the Irish economy after Covid 19. Our detailed document reflects the views of the association’s members across the island of Ireland. It lays out the opportunities through bioenergy for job creation, addressing the climate emergency, enhancing Irelands trade balance and encouraging rural economic activity while at the same time delivering cost savings for many energy users”.
Ireland has a considerable natural advantage when It comes to growing fuel crops such as wood fuel, biomass energy crops and feedstock for anaerobic digestion. Ireland is second last of EU member states in terms of its use of renewable heat. Ireland has had the best part of the last decade to meet renewable energy targets and has failed.
Noel Gavigan, Technical Executive of IrBEA said “the new government must now focus on the serious task of meeting 2030 emissions targets and must place this at the centre of its policy agenda moving forward. Ireland currently derives 4% of its energy from bioenergy. This needs to rise to 15% by 2030 with further deployment beyond to meet Paris Agreement targets. The potential for economic recovery, reducing emissions and addressing climate change through quadrupling our bioenergy industry is a remarkable opportunity. All the sectors of bioenergy including biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels offer significant potential for growth through policy incentives and measures”
In conclusion, Seán Finan IrBEA CEO said “the world is in the middle of the Covid 19 crisis. Economic recovery is a task that will involve all of society and a new approach. Embracing the opportunities presented by the bioenergy sectors are immense. Dedicated supports and measures to the sector are required to make this opportunity a reality ”.
For Further information contact
Seán Finan, IrBEA CEO, 0874146480
Notes to Editors:
Summary of the Bioenergy measures which IrBEA would like to see included in the Programme for Government covering the sectors of Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, Energy Crops and Wood Fuels include:
- Greater financial resources to fully implement the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) to expand the timescale, size and scope of the support scheme via a ring-fenced budget allocation allied to aggressive promotion to ensure growth in renewable heat through biomass and biogas.
- Advocating for mandatory renewable heating use to be in place by all public bodies by 2035.
- Introduction of statutory regulation of the moisture content of wood fuels in accordance with the international wood fuel standard – ISO 17225. This is needed to deliver cleaner air, enhance public health and drive the transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy at a domestic level.
- Calling on the Government to re-establish the Energy Crops support scheme considering market development through the SSRH. This scheme would assist in meeting local biomass demand, to promote diversification of agriculture and to provide alternative income for farmers.
- Calling for the proposed Biogas support scheme for medium to large scale cooperative style biogas plants detailed in the IrBEA/Cré Biogas policy paper to be implemented on a phased basis.
- Calling for the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) to ringfence funding for modern bioenergy-based technologies such as combined heat and power, providing efficiencies up to and above 90%. Importantly these technologies have the added advantages of providing dispatchable power with grid stability benefits, community involvement and rural development in line with existing climate change polices.
- The transition to higher blending rates of E12 Biodiesel blend over a period. This means upping the % of Biodiesel in diesel to 12% which comes at no extra cost to the consumer or the exchequer and requires no investment or change in infrastructure or vehicles.
- The immediate transition to higher blending rates of E10 ethanol petrol blend. This means upping the % of ethanol in petrol to 10% which comes at no extra cost to the consumer or the exchequer and requires no investment or change in infrastructure or vehicles.
- Introduction of a fuel price support for biomethane as a fuel for heavy goods and industrial vehicles to maximise proven environmental benefits.
To drive the implementation of its activities and projects, the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) is recruiting a Project Officer. See full details below.
IrBEA was founded in 1999. Its role is to promote the bioenergy industry and to develop this important sector on the island of Ireland. The diverse membership includes farmers and foresters, fuel suppliers, energy development companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, engineers, financiers and tax advisers, legal firms, consultants, planners, research organisations, local authorities, education and advisory bodies – anyone with an interest in the bioenergy industry. IrBEA is recognised by Government and agencies as the voice of the bioenergy industry.
The association’s main objectives are to influence policy makers to promote the development of bioenergy, and to promote the interests of members. Improving public awareness, networking and information sharing, and liaising with similar interest groups are other key areas of work in promoting bioenergy as an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable energy. The organisation has a number of research, development and demonstration projects on Biogas, Biomass and Biochar / Carbon products. The organisation is a self-governing association of voluntary members and is affiliated to Bioenergy Europe and the European Biogas Association (EBA). The organisations activities and day to day operations are managed by the CEO assisted by a small executive staff team and is governed by a board of Directors which includes an elected President and Vice President. Policy direction is provided by a Management Executive Committee and specific subcommittees. Further information on the association is available at www.irbea.org
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will be responsible for:
- The daily implementation of the Three C project, work packages and tasks, including the facilitation of further spin off work as part of the project activity dissemination, communication, and exploitation/replication activities.
- Monitoring the overall progress regarding milestones and deliverables within in the project.
- Identification of any unanticipated risks and assisting with the preparation of the technical, interim and final reports.
- Work with the CEO and Finance Manager to ensuring the timely submission of financial and technical reports.
- Other IrBEA work activities and duties will be assigned to the individual depending on the organisation’s workload and at the discretion of the CEO.
- Supporting IrBEA in looking for additional funding and partnering opportunities.
- Assisting with the organising of IrBEA and project related events.
- Liaising with both internal and external stakeholders, spanning all the bioenergy sectors.
- Experience in the management of funded (research) projects.
- Third Level Honours qualification in a relevant field.
- Documented and demonstrable experience within the renewable energy, climate change, carbon products or technology areas.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, writing and networking skills.
- Written and spoken English proficiency.
- Excellent IT technical knowledge.
- Focused on outcomes with excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to cope with tight deadlines and work effectively with a dynamic and diverse staff which work remotely.
- Ability to network and build relationships with relevant stakeholders, partners and members.
- Team spirited but with the ability to work independently and remotely.
- Understanding of the role of a representative and membership organisation.
- Commitment to the purpose of the Irish Bioenergy Association and to work within the values, policies, structures and procedures of the organisation.
- To act consistently in a professional manner.
- To undertake other duties as may be directed by the chief Executive of IrBEA.
- Full Driving License and use of own car.
Additional Considerations for the role:
Experience: Experience of best practices in project management, techniques of projects planning, event planning and grant application experience is an advantage.
References: The successful candidate will undergo two reference checks before commencing employment with IrBEA. Details of these referee’s should be provided in the application but will only be contacted before commencement of employment.
Annual Leave: The Project Officer will be entitled to 21 days annual leave plus public holidays.
Travel: The role will involve reimbursable travel to other European countries on potentially 3 to 4 occasions per year to attend project meetings and conferences and as required within the country to attend various meeting and events in line with the demands of the role.
Further Information: Information on the organisation is available at www.irbea.org
Applications: Applications must include in one single document a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) including contact details for two referees. Application and any queries on the position should be sent by email only to Seán Finan IrBEA CEO: seanfinan@Irbea.org
Closing date: The deadline for application is Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 5pm.
The Irish Bioenergy Association is an equal opportunities employer.