Dear IrBEA Members

1. IrBEA notes from DoE ETS seminar. IrBEA was represented at the 22 March seminar on Phase IV of the Emissions Trading Scheme by Daire Friel (Gaelectric). Presentations from the seminar can be viewed here. And below are our meeting memo notes. 
 At present it looks like the tiered approach to carbon leakage will remain 2 tiers and not 4. Rates to be 100% and (80% declining to 30%) 
 At new Phase IV 93% Irish Companies likely to be eligible and only 27 installations not at higher rates as opposed to Phase III where 98% eligible at higher rate and only 7 installations not at higher rates
 The percentage of Cap on allowance is still under discussion and is currently proposed at 57% by Commission. Belgium are looking at 52-54%. 
 Indirect Carbon Leakage only taken on by 6 Member States 
Other Presenter Notes
 While understanding the need to reduce carbon produced, no one wants to give up free allowances especially company’s where carbon emissions are part of the process rather than through energy generation for the process i.e. cement or alumina production 
 In general there is a feeling that “out of Europe” competitors are less efficient and produce more carbon putting ETS companies at risk due to lack of competitiveness. 
 There is a fear surrounding the “fixed auction share” and that it will not target the right people, even best performers will have to buy allowances hence reducing competitiveness 
 Most presenters agreed with the tiered approach 
 Most presenters say they will have a significant cost increase in Phase IV 
 Most attendees except dairy industry where unaware of the implication of ETS “state aid” on proposed RHI scheme. 
 Oxfam spoke against biomass due to the imports of significant amount of biomass 

2. 25-30MW boiler manufacturer(s) wanted. We have been contacted by a developer seeking interest by suppliers to manufacture 25-30MW boilers in Ireland over the next five years. Up to 30 will be required. If interested contact Gerald Sweeney +44 7710 537 989

3. Part-time Project Executive to run 'AGRIFORVALOR' project. Ibec is seeking to recruit a project executive to work on a part-time basis running a new EU funded project on forestry biomass for The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA). This is a 29 months fixed term contract ending August 2018. The project manager will report to the IFFPA Director and Council. Close cooperation will be needed with IT Tralee, Teagasc and the IFA. The role will require organising and attending meetings and workshops across Ireland and occasional international travel to meetings in Europe. The project involves the development of a network of actors in the forestry industry to research and develop biomass opportunities arising from forestry and agriculture in Ireland. The project will involve close cooperation with both Irish and international partners that make up the project consortium. The other Irish project partners are IT Tralee, Teagasc and the Irish Farmers Association. The project runs from now to August 2018. Contact Mark McCauley +353 1 605 16 52.

4. Energy Show 2016, 6-7 April. The flagship energy event in the Irish Business calendar, the Energy Show 2016 returns to the RDS Dublin next Wednesday 6th (10am- 7pm) and Thursday 7th of April (9am - 5pm) and is open for registration. A free event targeted at businesses, SEAI says attendees can see the latest energy saving solutions at the exhibition and learn about recent market developments at the many briefing sessions and networking events. The WFQA will again have a stand at the show. See show details and registration

5. German-Irish Passive House & Energy Efficiency Conference, 12 April. This free-of-charge conference will bring together German and Irish expertise in the area of Passive House and energy efficient building. The day-long event will include presentations from German and Irish experts on the most recent technologies, developments, and regulatory frameworks in this vibrant sector. 09:00-17:00 Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Full programme.

Michael Hegarty
IrBEA General Manager

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