WDC Launches RASLRES – €3 Million European Bioenergy Project

RASLRES: REGIONAL APPROACHES TO STIMULATING LOCAL RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

The Western Development Commission (WDC) today met with Minister Pat Carey, Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs to formally launch the RASLRES project.

RASLRES is a €3 million multi-national European bio-energy project which seeks to grow the number of local businesses involved in the sector and is led by the Western Development Commission (WDC), Ireland with partners in Sweden, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Faroe Islands and Finland. RASLRES is funded by the INTERREG IVB – Northern Periphery Programme.

Speaking earlier today at the project launch, Ian Brannigan, Regional Development Manager WDC and RASLRES Project Lead commented; “The WDC is delighted to be leading the RASLRES project which goes to the heart of the local community by using local resources and local people to provide a complete solution for renewable energy. The project will stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector, which will benefit local communities by promoting their independence and sustainability and creating local jobs for future generations.”

Brannigan went on to state, “The call for pilot models has already been issued for wood biomass and the WDC has received considerable levels of interest from those who wish to be included in the project. Those included will effectively gain access to specialised technical and business support to enable them to launch and grow sustainable enterprises in the community. Similar efforts in other bio energy sectors e.g. marine bio and reed canary grass will be launched in the next year or so ”

“RASLRES will assist the Government in reaching its target for reducing CO2 emissions by reducing emissions with an equivalent value of 92,000 cars over the duration of the project and will also develop best practice business models which will stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector not only in Ireland but also across the partner regions.” Brannigan concluded.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ian Brannigan
Regional Development Manager
Western Development Commission
Tel: +353 (0)94 9861893
Mobile: +353 (0)86 6048012
Email: ianbrannigan@wdc.ie

NOTE TO THE EDITOR:

  • RASLRES is a project funded by the Northern Periphery Programme. The RASLRES project will:
  • build awareness of opportunities for rural communities to produce and supply locally produced biomass (wood, seaweed and energy crops) to towns and cities
  • provide business development support to rural biomass producing communities
  • development of biomass supply chains through direct business and community engagement RASLRES is an international partnership which includes:

• Western Development Commission – Ireland

• Action Renewables – Northern Ireland, UK

• Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College – Scotland

• Municipality of Norsjö – Sweden

• Oceanrainforest Ltd – Faroe Islands

• VTT, Technical Research Centre – Finland

RASLRES will conclude with a showcase of the outputs from all partner regions in December 2012.