Itinerary for your DayBioenergy Future Ireland
Session One: Technical Case Studies
9:00am - Ministerial Opening
9.10am - Des O'Toole (President - IrBEA)
9:20am - Simon Shannon - Supplier Performance Manager - Diageo
9:40am - Dave Fitzgerald – Head of Sustainability - Dairygold
10.00am - Kevin Meehan - Engineering Director - GSK (Dungarvan)
10:20am - Tim Minett – CEO – CPL Industries
10.40am - Refreshments and Q&A Session
Session Two : Financing and Investment
11:15am - Garrett Monaghan - Partner - DWF
11:35am - Patrick Madigan - Head of Bord Na Mona BioEnergy
11:55am - Ian Kilgallon - Innovation Manager - Gas Networks Ireland
Panel Debate 12:15pm: Financing the future in Bioenergy
- Finbarr O’Sullivan - European Investment Bank
- Michael Doran - Director - Action Renewables
- John Durkan - Grp Sustainability Manager - ABP Food Group
- Donal Murphy - Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Lunch & Workshop Opportunity
Session Three: Policy in Europe & at Home
2:00pm - Dr. Ger Devlin – CEO – IrBEA
2.10pm - Kevin Brady - Principle Officer - DCCAE
2:30pm - Neil Harrison - Director - REA UK (WHA)
2:50pm - Carlo Giallombardo - Policy Advisor - AEBIOM
Panel Debate 3:15pm: Support Scheme For Renewable Heat
- Eamon Ryan - Green Party - Leader
- Carlo Giallombardo - Policy Advisor - AEBIOM
- Joe O'Carroll - CCO - Gaelectric
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
Des O'Toole (President - IrBEA)
Accomplished senior business development professional, highly motivated with a strong engineering and project management background.
With a proven B2B track record and clear commercial focus spanning a range of technical, business development, operational, sales & marketing roles over 24 years in the construction, engineered wood panel board and renewable energy sectors.
My focus is on achieving strong business performance and growth through effective relationship management and contractually robust revenue models. My skill set spans developing, leading and driving new business development opportunities; directing commercial operations and logistics activities and employing both qualitative and quantitative analytical research to drive successful strategic decision making.
Customer focused and an excellent relationship builder with strong communication skills and fully competent to deal with senior operational, technical and finance professionals. Passionate about renewable energy and success and a considered highly respected ‘thought leader’ within the bioenergy sector.
9:10am Keynote speaker
Ministerial Opening - Invited
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
Kevin Meehan – GSK (Dungarvan) – Engineering Director
Kevin is a Senior Manager with exceptional technical, business and leadership experience in Medical Device Pharmaceutical industry (Bausch & Lomb) and High Technology sector (Hewlett Packard).
Kevin was the mastermind behind the recently operational €8m biomass facility in Dungarvan. The new facility is only second of its kind in Ireland and will reduce the sites carbon emissions by 33%. The development of the biomass energy facility in Dungarvan is part of GSK’s global sustainability strategy which supports the company’s carbon neutral policy.
This policy has set challenging carbon, water and waste reduction targets for all GSK manufacturing sites across the world.
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.
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").
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
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 - Principle 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 Giallombardo joined AEBIOM in September 2016. As Policy Officer he supports Fanny-Pomme Langue and Nathalie Hemeleers in the development of AEBIOM positions.
Carlo holds a BA in International Relations and a MSc in the International Master in Rural Development. He speaks Italian, German, English and Spanish.