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IrBEA National Conference ‘Bioenergy Future Ireland’

‘Opportunities for Sustainable Growth’

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Croke Park, Dublin

 

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) 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.

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.

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.

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

Twitter @bioenergyfutureireland

 

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