Mobilising Bioenergy With Policy & Action

Session One: SSRH & Irish Policy Perspective
9:00am - Sean Finan - CEO - IrBEA
9.10am - Minister Open & Welcome
9:20am -Support Scheme for Renewable Heat
- Ray Langton - SSRH Program Manager - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
9:35am- Mobilising Biomass:
- Des O'Toole - (IrBEA & Coillte) & Maurice Ryan (Greenbelt)
9.50am - Meeting the Climate Change Challenge in Agriclture:
- TBA - Dept. Agriculture, Food & Marine
10:05am - Impact of SSRH for Heat Sector
- Tom Sheehy - Sales & Operations Manager - Clearpower
10.20am - Refreshments and Q&A Session





Session Two : Industry in Action
11:00am - Torrified Fuels:
- Tim Minett - CEO - CPL Fuels
11:15am - Forestry Perspective:
- Geraldine O'Sullivan - Executive Secretary - IFA
11.30am - Developments in Anaerobic Digestion
- James Russell - Technical Director - BIOCORE
11.45am - Biofuels & Transport Energy
- James Cogan - Industry & Policy Analyst - Ethanol Europe
12:00pm - Pharmaceutical Bioenergy Potential:
- Peter Moran - Energy Manager - AbbVie
Panel Discussion 12:15pm


Session Three: Innovation & Product Opportunities
2:00pm -Project Initiation:
- Garrett Monaghan – Partner – DWF
2.15pm -Biomethane from Excess Electricity:
- Professor Jerry Murphy -Director - SFI MaREI Centre 
2:30pm -Funding Opportunities:
- Seamus McCabe - Vice President - Green Investment Group
2:45pm -Bioenergy - Europe's Largest Renewable Energy Source
Nathalie Hemeleers - Policy Director - Bioenergy Europe
3.00pm -Sustainability Criteria in SSRH
- PJ McLoughlin/Denis Neary - SEAI
Panel Discussion 3:15pm:

3.45pm - Closing Comments - Des O'Toole - President - IrBEA

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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 Finan  - CEO - IrBEA

    Seán Finan is the Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) Degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to joining IrBEA, he has over 12 years engineering and management experience with John Sisk & Son (Holding) Ltd and took a two-year secondment from Sisk (2015 – 2017) to complete the full-time elected role as 35th National President of Macra na Feirme – the young farmers’ representative organisation. Currently a Vice-President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) he also farms part-time. Over the years he has held various positions within many community, voluntary, representative and statutory organisations at a local, national and European level. Seán 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 Sustainability Renewable Energy Roadmap into the future.

  • 9:10am Minister Open & Welcome

    Minister Open & Welcome


Session One: SSRH & Irish Policy Perspective

  • 9:20am Support Scheme for Renewable Heat

    Ray Langton - SSRH Program Manager - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

    Ray Langton is the SSRH Program Manager at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Before joining the SEAI Ray had many years of experience in Brewing and Pharmaceutical operations including senior roles in Governance, Sustainability and major projects.

  • 9:35am Mobilising Biomass

    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.



    9:50am Meeting the Climate Change Challange in Agriculture

    TBA - Dept. Agriculture, Food & Marine

    Bio to Follow 

  • 10:05am Impact of SSRH for Heat Sector

    Tom Sheehy - Sales & Operations Manager - Clearpower

    Tom Sheehy is Sales and Operations Manager with Clearpower Ltd.; one of Ireland’s leading commercial biomass technology, fuel and service providers.  With a background in waste, water and energy across operations and consultancy, Tom has been central to Clearpower’s journey since joining the business in 2011.

    Tom has significant experience managing fuel and heat contracts, overseeing a network of processing and distribution depots servicing over 100 commercial and industrial customers across Ireland and UK.

Refreshment and Q&A Session

Session Two: Industry in Action

  • 11:00am Torrified Fuels

    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.

  • 11:15am Forestry Perspective

    Geraldine O'Sullivan - Executive Secretary - IFA

    Bio to Follow

  • 11:30am Developments in Anaerobic Digestion

    James Russell - Technical Director - BioCore Environmental

    As Technical Director I am responsible for engineering and construction activities across BioCore’s key business areas including renewable energy project development (specifically Anaerobic Digestion), waste management, sludge and biosolids management, and R&D. Critical to success is the emphasis on ensuring that BioCore continues to implement innovative technical solutions to deliver industry leading products and services to our Municipal and Private customers.

  • 11:45am Biofuels & Transport Energy

    James Cogan - Industry & Policy Analyst - Ethanol Europe

    James is an industry and policy analyst with expertise in EU climate, innovation and economic development policy. He is currently working to support the introduction of climate friendly E10 in Ireland.  He is a member of the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security.

    He represented the world Climate Ethanol Alliance as partner to the UNFCCC at COP24 in Katowice in 2018.  He has worked for the European Commission and its partners on innovation finance and innovation project development.

    He advises Ethanol Europe on innovation, biofuels policy and the bioeconomy, and is engaged in the policy processes for implementing Europe’s new Renewable Energy Directive. Ethanol Europe is based in Dublin and is Europe’s most active bioeconomy investor. James has a degree in electronics engineering from UCD and an MBA from TCD.

  • 12:00pm Pharmaceutical Bioenergy Potential

    Peter Moran - Energy Manager - AbbVie

    “I am a results-oriented engineering management and energy management professional with extensive experience in the toughest industry sectors. Best described as proactive, talented and committed, and with a proven track record of achievement, I aspire to use my leadership, management and engineering skills to the maximum effect.”

    Specialties: Energy Management, Business Excellence, Principal Engineer, Project Management, Engineering Management, Technical Management, New Product Introduction & Development, Lean Six Sigma, Asset Management, Innovation & Technology Transfer, EHS Compliance, Air/Water Emissions Abatement Technologies, Process & Product Validation.

Panel Debate 12:15pm:

Tim Minett

CPL Fuels

Peter Moran

Energy Manager AbbVie

Geraldine O'Sullivan

Executive Secretary - IFA

James Russell

Technical Director - BIOCORE

Refreshment and Q&A Session

Session Three: Innovation & Product Opportunities

  • 2:00pm Project Initiation

    Garrett Monaghan - Partner - DWF

    Garrett is a dual qualified (Ireland and England & Wales) projects lawyer-in 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”).

  • 2:15pm Biomethane from Excess Electricity

    Professor Jerry Murphy - Director SFI MaREI Centre

    Professor Murphy is the SFI-funded MaREI Centre Director, leading a centre of 200 researchers in the Marine and Renewable Energy space. MaREI has 6 academic partners, 50 industry partners and has secured €55M in funding since 2013. Prof Murphy has supervised 16 PhD and 7 Masters students to graduation and currently has a team of 12 bioenergy researchers. He has written 130 peer review journal papers and is ranked amongst the most cited researchers worldwide in Civil Engineering. He was awarded the Engineers Ireland Excellence Award in 2015 for best paper/presentation.

    Professor Murphy is Ireland’s IEA Bioenergy representative (2007- ). He was elected by his international peers as Task Leader of Energy from Biogas, a significant honour for Ireland. This task has 16 member countries. He has authored/edited 11 IEA Bioenergy reports and was commissioned to edit the IEA Biogas Handbook. Locally, Professor Murphy, is Chair of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in University College Cork. 

  • 2.30pm Funding Opportunities

    Seamus McCabe - Vice President - Green Investment Group

    Séamus joined Macquarie Capital in 2016 and is responsible for leading on the commercial and technical aspects of the Green Investment Groups (GIG) equity and advisory transactions.

    Séamus has over 15 years’ experience on numerous onshore and offshore construction projects in both the Renewables and Oil&Gas industries. Prior to joining the GIG Séamus spent an 8 Year period with the utility SSE on a number of their offshore wind projects.

    He is currently the GIG investment manager for the world’s largest dedicated biomass power station (MGT Teesside) that will enter commercial operation in early 2020

  • 2:45pm Bioenergy - Europe's Largest Renewable Energy Source

    Nathalie Hemeleers - Policy DirectorBioenergy Europe

    Nathalie Hemeleers has been working for almost 5 years at Bioenergy Europe on policy issues and has coordinated and participated in many European projects. Nathalie is responsible for managing the policy department, and oversees all Heating and Cooling related dossiers. Before joining Bioenergy Europe, she worked at the European Commission DG Energy on international energy issues and several years in China in business development for European companies. Nathalie Hemeleers studied International Business and European Studies.

  • 3:00pm Sustainability Criteria in SSRH

     PJ McLoughlin/Denis Neary - SEAI

    Bio to Follow

Panel Discussion 3:15pm

3:45pm - Event Close and Chairman Statements