Dear IrBEA Members

1. DCENR tender for an economic analysis of RHI for Ireland. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has just published a request for tender seeking external expertise to: (a) undertake an economic assessment of the cost of introducing a Renewable Heat Incentive across a range of individual renewable heat technologies to help meet Ireland’s 2020 renewable heat target; and, (b) develop a series of cost-effective design options for the RHI Feed-in-Tariff based around the need to ensure the scheme is structured in a manner that supports efficient and effective design, installation and operation as well as investment. This economic analysis will form an integral part of the next ‘design option’ and ‘implementation’ consultation paper on the introduction of the RHI later in 2016. The Tenderer will also be required to provide on-going advice in relation to the drafting of the next consultation document. Closing date for tenders is 12noon, 15 April. See details here. Timeline:
Phase of Analysis  Timeline 
Phase 1: Engagement with Industry  Due by: 15th June 2016 (Presentation of findings to DCENR and SEAI) 
Phase 2: High-level Results (Preliminary results to feed-in to next consultation) and engagement with SEAI  Due by: 30th June 2016 – (Presentation of results to DCENR at this stage) 
Phase 3: Update Report  Due: 29th of July, 2016 (Presentation of on-going work to DCENR and SEAI) 
Phase 4: Final Report  Due by: 30 August,2016 (Presentation of final results to DCENR and SEAI) 

2. Public consultation on the development of Ireland's first statutory National Climate Change Adaptation Framework (NAF). The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has convened a public consultation on a draft National Adaptation Framework (NAF) which is being developed under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. The NAF will set out Ireland’s first statutory strategy for the application of adaptation measures in different Government sectors to reduce the vulnerability of the State to the negative effects of climate change but also to avail of any positive effects that may occur. A primary objective of the NAF will be to bring a clear and strong focus to both the challenges and the opportunities of transitioning to a climate resilient future, and the importance of a positively focused and cost-effective national transition agenda. Further information, including the consultation document and details of how to make a submission are available here.

3. CSO publication on householder attitudes/behaviour on environmental issues. The CSO publication on householder attitudes and behaviours on environment issues was published on 23 March. Visually easy to follow and digest, it includes information on: main fuels used in households in regions; Use of additional heating sources; Awareness of environmental schemes and initiatives; Installation of energy saving products in owner occupied and other non rented households; Main determinant when buying a car; Influence of Energy Efficiency rating or label; Household’s main method for disposing of non-recyclable household waste; Household’s main method for disposing of recyclable household waste; popular measures to reduce waste; and other headings/graphics. See here 

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 on Wednesday 6th (10am- 7pm) and Thursday 7th of April (9am - 5pm) and is now 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. Bioenergy Insight Magazine free subscription offer to IrBEA members. Some IrBEA members may have had difficulty accessing the free offer listed in the 5 March Weekly Noticeboard. If it doesn't work for you through please contact George Doyle The offer includes a weekly Bioenergy Insight news e-bulletin and bi-monthly print versions delivered by post. 

Wishing you all an enjoyable Easter.

Michael Hegarty
IrBEA General Manager

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