On the 18th of May 2012, the Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Mr. Paul Hogan launched the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool.
The Bioenergy Tool is one of the primary outputs of the RASLRES project. It is an online service that has been developed to stimulate key bioenergy markets, initially in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Sweden. 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. This includes local, regional and national information on wood fuel, as well as exciting energy alternatives such as reed canary grass and marine biomass.
The Bioenergy Tool is available at www.raslres.eu/bioenergy-tool/
The Irish Lead Partner project co-ordinator, Mr Ian Brannigan, CEO (Acting) Western Development Commission in Ireland, opened the launch event by welcoming all guests but also by demonstrating the effects and impact of the RASLRES project from an Irish perspective.
Representing the NPP Secretariat was Mr Niclas Forsling, who stated that “As a strategic project RASLRES has succeeded beyond NPP Monitoring Committee expectations when it comes to demonstrating a return on the NPP investment. Now with the Bioenergy Tool, decision makers are provided with an effective tool as a support for decision making to further enhance the transformation from energy dependency on fossil fuels to an increased use of renewables”.
Left – Right: Ian Brannigan, Western Development Commission, RASLRES Lead Partner; Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan T.D.; and Niclas Forsling, NPP Secretariat