New RASLRES BioEnergy Tool launched

Last Friday, May 18 members of Leitrim County Council were part of the launch of the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool, by the Minister for the Environment, Mr. Phil Hogan.

Last Friday, May 18 members of Leitrim County Council were part of the launch of the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool, by the Minister for the Environment, Mr. Phil Hogan.

The Bioenergy Tool is one of the primary outputs of the RASLRES project. It is an online service which has been developed to stimulate key bioenergy markets, initially in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. The Bioenergy Tool currently provides local, regional and national information for wood fuel, as well as for exciting energy alternatives such as reed canary grass and marine biomass. The Tool is available at {www.raslres.eu/bioenergy-tool/ |RASLES}

The Tool has been designed as a user-friendly way for local people and businesses – be they farmers, foresters, policy makers, users of bioenergy or the general public – to access information about bioenergy use, supply and policy in their region.

The event, led by the Western Development Commission (WDC) under the EU RASLRES project, was designed to assist the development of renewable energy frameworks for County Managers and Directors of Services from across the eight local authorities of the Western Region, to drive local economic growth through the bioenergy market in the West of Ireland.

Speakers at the event included Mr Niclas Forsling, Head of the Northern Periphery Programme Secretariat and Mr Gabor Nagy, Programme Officer - Covenant of Mayors for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy.

Ian Brannigan, CEO (Acting) WDC commented; ‘We are delighted to welcome Mr Niclas Forsling and formally acknowledge the support of the Northern Periphery Programme in funding the RASLRES project. We also welcome Mr Gabor Nagy from the office of the covenant of mayors and look forward to joining with them in developing the western region’s capability to engage in growth through the sustainable energy agenda”.