National Bioenergy Conference Webinar Special 1: COP26 Goal 1: securing global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach

You can view the live recording of the Presentation here

Topic Overview of today’s Webinar
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have recognised that bioenergy represents the largest current contributor to renewable energy across the world and is likely to remain that way for at least the first half of this century. They also highlight the role that bioenergy can play in carbon removal as well as in the development of bioenergy-based fuel alternatives for fossil fuels as biorefinery technologies mature. The IPPC also reports on the complimentary role bioenergy can play alongside the food, fibre, and forestry products sector but this is a sector that will require investment, support and the right policy measures in place to ensure the continued sustainability of the sector.

Speakers at this webinar explored the following areas:
• The potential for bioenergy in Ireland is significantly lagging behind Europe.
• Bioenergy is part of a suite of emissions reduction measures required.
• The scale of the challenge to decarbonise heat, transport, electricity and agriculture.
• The blinds spot that exist in Irish policy and supports towards bioenergy.
• Recognising the role of bioenergy in achieving 51% emissions reduction by 2030.


Paddy Phelan – IrBEA President & CEO of 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea)
Dr Paul Deane – Research Fellow at University College Cork MaREI
Christian Rakos – President World Bioenergy Association
Harmen Dekker – Director European Biogas Association
Seán Finan – CEO Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) (Chair)

REGISTER NOW: IrBEA Conference Webinar Special 2 – Wednesday 13th October

REGISTER NOW for 4 Online Webinars in October
Starting this week on Wednesday 06th October at 9.30 – 11am

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) launches the National Bioenergy conference this week, it includes four conference webinar specials held over the month of October. This year’s conference focuses on COP 26: The critical role of Bioenergy. Delegates will hear from a wide range of distinguished and knowledgeable speakers from diverse backgrounds who will share their insights into the challenges we face in delivering energy and emissions reductions within the framework of the COP26 goals.


IrBEA Conference Webinar Special 2
Wednesday 13th October 2021 – 9:30am – 11:00am
COP26 Goal 2: Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats.

Bioenergy offers Ireland multi-sectoral benefits. Discussions are mostly focused on the provision of energy and emissions reduction. In discussing this goal, we will broaden the conversation to the wider benefits of bioenergy including rural development, indigenous generated energy, enhancing biodiversity and community involvement. The sustainability of bioenergy is governed by strict criteria in the RED II directive. Bioenergy plays a key role in sustainable forest management. Bioenergy assists biodiversity and habitat development
Speakers at this webinar will explore the following areas:
• Enhancing the natural environment, rural communities and creating jobs in rural areas.
• Why is Ireland a laggard in Bioenergy deployment.
• Replacing fossil fuels imports with indigenous resources such as biogas, energy crops, woodchip & firewood.
• Sustainability and REDII – Protecting forest and hedgerow habitats.
• Biogas reducing chemical fertiliser input and enhancing biodiversity.
• Developing sustainable communities through Bioenergy projects.
Speakers Include:
• Senator Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
• Michael Kottner – IBBK & German Biogas Association
• Maurice Ryan – IrBEA Vice President & Director of Green Belt
• Chris Johnston – Project Leader in Environment & Renewable Energy Research at AFBI Hillsborough


IrBEA Conference Webinar Special 3
Wednesday 20th October 2021 – 9:30am – 11:00am
COP26 GOAL 3: Mobilise Finance

Bioenergy is a key component of the Bioeconomy. This webinar takes part during Bioeconomy Ireland week. To grow the sector mobilising finance is a key enabler. International financial institutions and funders must play their part by providing private and public sector finance to secure global net zero. Many stakeholders say that there is an abundance of capital available but that the Irish policy and regulatory landscape is seen as an impediment to the development of large scale projects.
Speakers at this webinar will explore the following areas:
• Developing the Bioenergy project pipeline and encouraging investment
• The role of market and other supports mechanisms in deploying Bioenergy.
• The drivers of investment in Bioenergy and the Bioeconomy.
• Focus on a company that has successfully developed Bioenergy and the rural Bioeconomy and the challenges they faced.
• Creating the environment for the development of innovative products and solutions.
Speakers: To be confirmed



IrBEA Conference Webinar Special 4
Wednesday 27th October 2021 – 9:30am – 11:00am
COP26 Goal 4: Work together to deliver

The scale of the challenge in meeting emissions reduction targets is enormous. None of the solutions proposed today will get us to where we need to be. This challenge will require all stakeholders working together and all technologies, options and solutions to play a part.”
There is a need to focus on pragmaticism over ideology. This webinar will hear from various stakeholders who will discuss how we can all work together to deliver.
Panellists at this webinar will explore the following areas:
• Highlighting the positive developments in Bioenergy across Europe and the World.
• The need for collaboration through Renewable Energy Ireland.
• Challenging the inaccurate perceptions about Bioenergy.
• The capacity of Bioenergy to enable Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy.
Panel Discussion with speakers to be confirmed – 5 minutes interview style session with each panellist followed by group panel discussion.