First regional IAG (Industry Advisory group) meeting was held in Iceland last week in Reykjavík. The formation of the group is to provide input and advice on the implementation of the GREBE project in Iceland. The Group shall meet once a year in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and ICI in in charge of organizing the meetings.
On the meeting GREBE project was introduced and members circulated about the project relevance in Iceland and how it could affect their business. Members discussed opportunities in renewable energy and technology, and knowledge transfer between GREBE partners. Next meeting will be held in 2017.
Iceland Regional industry advisory group.
Kristján Leósson from Innovation Center Iceland (www.nmi.is)
Sigurður Friðleifsson from Iceland Energy agency (www.orkusetur.is)
Viðar Helgason frá Iceland Geothermal (www.icelandgeothermal.is)
Salóme Guðmunsdóttir Start up energy Reykjavík (www.startupenergyreykjavik.com)
Valur Rafn Halldórsson from the associations of municipalities on cold areas. (skss.is)
Harpa Pétursdóttir chairman of The Association of Women in Energy (https://www.facebook.com/konuriorkumalum/?fref=ts)
Skírnir Sigurbjörnsson from Arctic Hydro (www.arctichydro.is)
Sæþór Ásgeirsson from Icewind (www.icewind.is)
2017 will be a pivotal year for Ireland’s energy policy; the industry expects clarity by then for roll-out of a Renewable Heat Incentive. It’s agreed that we need to move towards clean technologies, currently in Ireland we have a renewable market share of 8.7% – Bioenergy contributed to 2% of this. It’s imperative that the Irish government builds an energy policy that allow for greater growth in the Bioenergy sector – this will be under discussion at the IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference.
IrBEA will again have a strong line up of speakers, both international and national, presenting industry models, policy perspectives and investment opportunities to stimulate lively discussion and strong media coverage. Speakers will discuss their experiences of working in Ireland with the current energy policy framework. A full agenda for the conference can be downloaded here
Recent budget spending announcements will also be discussed, how would we like to see the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) spend their extra €50m budget or the capital spend of €90m on climate change actions which was announced.
The conference will give delegates and exhibitors an opportunity to network. IrBEA also plan to organise a network dinner after the event around 6.00pm. Organisations interested in sponsoring elements of the conference (whole or parts of) are asked to contact Teresa O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
Register here for Bioenergy 2017