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20 May 2022

IrBEA’s Midlands Bioenergy Development Project welcomes new executive

IrBEA

Pádraic Ó hUiginn, Project Executive for IrBEA’s Midlands Bioenergy Development Project

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) has announced the appointment of Pádraic Ó hUiginn as Project Executive for its Midlands Bioenergy Development Project.

Seán Finan IrBEA CEO said, “I’m delighted to welcome Pádraic Ó hUiginn to the association.

"I wish him the best of luck and every success in his new role. Pádraic brings a wealth of bioeconomy innovation experience. We look forward to working with him at this critical time, as Ireland grapples with the rising costs of fossil fuels, energy security, and the transition to renewables.”

Pádraic Ó hUiginn holds qualifications in economics, regulation, communications, project management and sustainability. He brings a broad range of experience and knowledge to IrBEA and joins at a pivotal time for the renewable energy sector.
Pádraic will drive the implementation of the recently commenced Midlands Bioenergy Development Project.

Supported by the National Just Transition Fund, this project will provide start-up enterprises in the Midlands region with non-financial support, knowledge, guidance and mentoring to establish successful bioenergy businesses.

These businesses will help the Just Transition in the Midlands by providing quality green employment opportunities for a transitioning workforce.

Pádraic will also be involved in other projects and work programmes within the association.Prior to joining IrBEA, he worked for a number of years with tcbb RESOURCE and the Ryan Institute for sustainability and innovation.

Pádraic also initiated and developed an EPA-funded research project that analysed the level of joined-up environmental policy in Ireland, sought out examples of best practice, and produced a ‘trip adviser’ guide of ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ for policy-makers and decision-makers.

Pádraic said, “I am delighted to join the team here at IrBEA. I see in any successful association, that the momentum comes from its members, with the executive staff implementing and coordinating the strategic direction set out by the members and board.

IrBEA has a challenging role to promote the entire bioenergy sector, across biomass, biogas, biofuels, biochar, energy crops and wood-fuels.

The Midlands Bioenergy Development Project is aimed at supporting a region that has a wealth of energy production know-how across a range of skills.

Bioenergy is inherently cross-cutting in that it can support joined-up answers to problems in energy security, job creation, farming, transport, and protecting soil, habitats, air and water.”

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