2019 Itinerary for your DayBioenergy Future Ireland

Session One: Technical Case Studies
9:00am - Ministerial Opening
9.10am - Des O'Toole (President - IrBEA)
9:20am - Willie Murphy - Operations Manager - Aurivo Dairy
9:40am - James Russell - Technical Director - Biocare
10.00am - Des O'Toole/Maurice Ryan - Wood Mobilisation
10:20am - Tim Minett – CEO – CPL Industries

10.40am - Refreshments and Q&A Session

Headline Sponsor
Coal Importers and Wholesalers | CPL Fuels Ireland

Session Two : Financing and Investment
11:15am - Garrett Monaghan - Partner - DWF
11:35am - Ray Langton - Programme Manager - SEAI
11:55am - Peter Moran Energy Manager - AbbVie
Panel Debate 12:15pm: Financing the future in Bioenergy
- To Be Announced
- To Be Announced
- To Be Announced
- To Be Announced

Lunch & Workshop Opportunity

Session Three: Policy in Europe & at Home
2:00pm - Sean Finan – CEO – IrBEA
2.10pm - Professor Jerry Murphy - Bioenergy Researcher - UCC
2:30pm - Seamus McCabe - Vice President - Green Investment Bank
2:50pm - Tom Sheehy - Commercial Manager - Clearpower
Panel Debate 3:15pm: Support Scheme For Renewable Heat
- Joanne Sheahan - Technical Advisor - Enterprise Ireland
- Donna Gartland - Executive - Codema
- To Be Announced
- Joe O'Carroll - Director - OC Consulting

4.00pm - Event Close & Chairman Statements

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  • 8:00am Breakfast & Networking

    Enjoy a lite breakfast before the conference begins and take advantage to have a chat with solution suppliers who are here to answer any technical questions generated from the stage & audience.

  • 8:50am Opening Chair

    Conor Molloy - AEMS - Event Chairman

    Conor Molloy is an independent energy advisor, accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO

    With an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. 

    In recent times, he has trained ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing at the request of the UK Government’s Environment Agency, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

    Since 2005, Conor’s day job has been helping business’ save fuel and manage their energy usage for profit and reduced emissions.

  • 9:00am Keynote speaker

    Seán Kelly MEP

    Seán Kelly has been a member of the European Parliament for Ireland South since 2009. He is the current leader of Ireland's Fine Gael (EPP) party in the European Parliament.

    Mr. Kelly sits on the European Parliament's Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), International Trade (INTA) and Fisheries (PECH). He is a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the United States, Delegation for relations with Iran and of the Delegation for relations with countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

    Mr. KellywasITRE’s EPP Rapporteur for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - the largest reform of data privacy law in two decades. He was voted 2014 MEP of the Year for Digital Agenda for his work on data protection, cyber bullying and promoting the Coder Dojo youth computer education initiative. He was also previously voted by his peers as 2012 MEP of the Year for Research and Innovation.

    In 2015, MEP Kelly led discussions in the ITRE committee as a rapporteur ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement and as a result represented the European Parliament at the upcoming COP21 in December 2015 at which the historic global agreement was finalised.

    In 2016, Seán worked on a New Deal for Energy Consumers, finding ways to lower energy prices for consumers and continues to advocate for a well-functioning, competitive and sustainable energy system.

    In 2017, Seán was appointed EPP shadow rapporteur for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive, and also for the Committee opinion on the Effort Sharing Regulation for 2030. Both files are crucial elements of the EU 2030 climate and energy framework.

  • 9:10am Keynote speaker

    Des O'Toole (President - IrBEA)

    Des O’Toole is a renewable energy expert and Coillte’s senior market development manager.
    As President of IrBEA, Des has a passion for bioenergyand is considered a “thought leader” in the sector.

    Having worked for over 25 years in the construction, engineering and renewable energy sectors, Des has a proven B2B track record and clear commercial focus in a variety of roles ranging from technical and business development to operational and sales & marketing roles.

    Des also manages the commercial operations and logistics activities of Coillte’s biomass supply hubs.

Session One: Technical Case Studies

  • 9:20am Keynote speaker

    Simon Shannon - Supplier Performance Manager - Diageo

    Simon Shannon is Supplier Performance Manager for Utilities at Diageo. He is a member of the International Supply Centre Procurement Team, with responsibility for sourcing and managing suppliers in the Utilities Management and Energy Commodities category across five sites.

    Prior to his current role with Diageo, Simon worked for over ten years providing project engineering, operational support and engineering consultancy services in the food and beverage industry, with a particular focus on energy and water efficiency.

    Simon holds BE and MEngSc degrees from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland.


  • 9:40am Keynote speaker

    Dave Fitzgerald – Dairygold –  Head of Sustainability

    Dave Fitzgerald heads the Sustainability Programme at Dairygold where he is responsible for development of group Sustainability strategy, as well as driving and communicating sustainable business improvement. This includes responsibility for sustainability reporting and communications both internally and externally.

    He has over 18 years’ experience in the food and beverage sector with extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, supply chain and technical development in brewing, distilling and dairy. He has previously led Sustainability programmes in Europe and Africa delivering carbon emissions reduction, water and energy efficiency and waste reduction projects.

    Dave is also involved in regulatory and policy engagement at national and European level as chair of IBEC’s Water Working Group. He is a member of Dairy Industry Ireland Sustainability Forum and the European Dairy Association Sustainability Working Group

  • 10:00am Keynote speaker

    John Durkan - ABP Food Group – Sustainability & Environmental Manager

    John Durkan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Master of Science in Waste Management and an MBA in Business Management.

    John is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for ABP for over 20 years and has developed ABPs’ Sustainability policy over the past five years.  ABP views sustainability as a key business metric, one that provides positive outcomes, improves competitiveness and makes sound business sense.

    John has implemented many accredited systems within the processing sites to deliver sustainability e.g. ISO 14001 to good effect.

    In today’s business environment, resource inputs are costly and their efficient usage is warranted. ABP’s campaign ‘Doing More with Less’ has commenced the decoupling of resource inputs to productivity. These resources include water, electricity, fuels, and other inputs.

  • 10:20am Keynote speaker

    Tim Minett – CEO - CPL Industries

    Tim Minett is the CEO of CPL Industries. With an annual turnover of £170 million pounds, CPL Industries is Europe’s leading and most innovative manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler of solid fuels, employing around 650 people.

    At the heart of operations is the manufacturing plant in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire which manufactures and supplies the UK and European markets with over 300,000 tonnes of smokeless fuel per year.

    CPL Fuels Ireland was established in 2010 and under the stewardship of Tim and CPL Fuels Ireland MD Niall McGuinness, CPL’s new briquetting plant in Foynes is now in full production and is capable of manufacturing around 200,000 tonnes of smokeless solid fuel each year.

    Tim has been with CPL industries since 2002 and before that was with GE Capital.

Refreshment and Q&A Session

Session Two: Financing and Investment

  • 11:15am Keynote speaker

    Garrett Monaghan - Partner - DWF

    Garrett is a dual qualified (Ireland and England & Wales) projects lawyerin DWF Dublin. He has particular expertise in the acquisition, financing and development of infrastructure and energy projects. Over several years, he has consistently been one of the most active energy and project finance lawyers in Ireland with lead roles for sponsors, investors and funders. Garrett has extensive international experience in several inter-related disciplines including corporate, energy, project finance, M&A and private equity.

    Garrett has worked on all manner of conventional and renewable energy transactions (including coal, gas, oil shale, biomass, CHP, offshore and onshore wind), commodities and carbon trading, financings (bank and debt capital markets) and M&A transactions.

    Prior to returning to Ireland, Garrett worked for international law firms and has extensive experience of working across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Garrett has extensive in-house experience gained with a major US energy trading company and a leading project finance bank.

    His solution-based approach and work for clients is recognised in key international directories including Chambers and Partners (hailed by commentators as "practical and great to work with"); and Legal 500 ("exceptional talent").

    About DWF

    DWF's renewables team has more than 60 legal experts across multiple jurisdictions who specialise in all aspects ofthe energy sector. With full service offices in Dublin and Belfast, we have worked on a large number of the Anaerobic Digestion Plants constructed in Northern Ireland in addition to headline biomass & CHP transactions in Ireland.

    DWF offers a unique legal service to Irish and international clients. DWF is an international law firm with full service offices in Dublin, Belfast, London, Manchester, Paris, Singapore, Dubai and several other jurisdictions; for further information please visit our website at www.dwf.law.


  • 11:35am Keynote speaker

    Patrick Madigan - Head of Bord Na Mona BioEnergy

    Highly experienced bioenergy biomass trading: Developed sustainable wood pellet manufacturing plant in South East USA. Set up sustainable and legally sourced bioenergy biomass supply chains in several African countries.
    Highly experienced business leader for multi site international manufacturing operations who has consistently delivered successful turnarounds. International P&L responsibility. Fluent in French. Six Sigma champion. Kaizen expert. Hoshin planning expert. Lean manufacturing implementation. Led change programmes. Developing talent.

  • 11:55am Keynote speaker

    Ian Kilgallon – Business Development & Innovation Manager – Gas Networks Ireland

    Ian’s team in Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) is focused on progressing collaborative innovation projects with key stakeholder companies, research organisations, and developers.  Current priority topics aim to assist Irish industry to decarbonise with renewable energy and supporting new rural developments, such as indigenous renewable gas and community cooperative projects.

    Working in the gas industry for over 14 years, Ian has previously held the positions of National Metering Manager, Market Operations Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Key Account Manager.  Prior to working in gas, Ian, who is an Industrial Engineer, spent 18 years establishing and supporting manufacturing and supply chain operations across Europe, Asia and North America for Apple, EMC and Dell.

Panel Debate 12:15pm: Financing the future in Bioenergy

Donal Murphy

Ireland Strategic
Investment Fund

Finbarr O'Sullivan

European Investment

John Durkan

Sust. & Environmental Manager
ABP Food Group

Michael Doran

Action Renewables

Refreshment and Q&A Session

Session Three: Policy in Europe and at Home

  • 2:00pm Keynote speaker

    Dr. Ger Devlin – CEO – IrBEA

    Dr Ger Devlin is the Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA, he holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from UCD and a PDip in Advanced Management Performance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.

    He has successfully co-ordinated and managed both publicly and privately funded research projects in the areas sustainable biomass supply chains, advanced biofuels and renewable technologies.

    He is also Ireland’s Team Leader for the IEA International Energy Agency’s Task 43 – Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets.

    Ger is looking forward to leading IrBEA and its members for a sustainable future in bioenergy and to strategically position bioenergy to play a key role in Ireland’s Sustainable BioEnergy Roadmap between now and 2035 and beyond.

  • 2:10pm Keynote Speaker

     Kevin Brady - Principal Officer: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

    Kevin Brady is the Principle Officer leading the Heat & Transport Energy Policy division.

    His responsibilities include the development of renewable heat in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

    In the transport sector, he is co-chair of the Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce and is responsible for energy policies promoting renewable energy in transport and the growth in low and zero emission vehicles.

  • 2.30pm Keynote Speaker

    Neil Harrison - Director - Wood Heat Association (REA UK)

    Neil has been working in the biomass energy industry since 2003.  After gaining an MSc in Rural Resource Management from Newcastle University, Neil spent a year with the Peak District National Park Authority before joining the Scottish governments’ nature conservation agency in 1998.  Following a spell working on land reform, he joined a government-funded forestry extension programme in the north east of England, and began working in the development of the UK woodfuel supply chain.  He was the principal author of the Ignite woodfuel training programme in 2004, which went on to win a National Training Award in 2006, and he played an active role in creating woodfuel producer groups in northern England and Scotland to underpin the nascent biomass heat industry.

    Following a move to New Zealand in 2007 to work in the biomass heat sector there, he returned in 2010 to join the Scottish Agricultural College as their senior biomass consultant, before establishing re:heat in 2011.  re:heat are a private enterprise focusing exclusively on biomass energy, and undertakes consultancy, installation, research and remedial contracts across the UK.  re:heat also provide the Usewoodfuel (www.usewoodfuel.co.uk) information service under contract to FC Scotland and the Scottish Government.  Neil is currently the Vice Chairman of the Wood Heat Association, and has held a number of other paid and voluntary board and advisory positions, including with DECC/BEIS, Forestry Commission England, the Carbon Trust, the Confederation of Forest Industries and the European Union.  He has just finished a contract for the UNDP in the former Soviet republic of Georgia as their external advisor on biomass energy, and has spoken at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Georgia and the USA.

  • 2:50pm Keynote speaker

     Carlo Giallombardo - Policy Advisor - AEBIOM

    Carlo is Policy Advisor at the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) in Brussels. He joined the Policy Team in 2016 to combine his interest in climate and energy related topics.

    Carlo has worked on various dossiers, primarily related to agriculture and electricity generation, and is presently overseeing the dossier on biomass sustainability.

Panel Debate 3:15pm: Support Scheme For Renewable Heat

Owen Power

Managing Director

Eamon Ryan TD

Green Party

Joe O’Carroll

OC Consulting

James Cogan

Policy Analyst

4:00pm - Event Close and Chairman Statements