The Energy Show 2022 features talks from leading experts in sustainable energy.

Featured speakers

Adrian Joyce

Secretary General of EuroACE

Secretary General of EuroACE – Energy Efficient Buildings, whose members are Europe’s leading companies that provide the products, equipment and services that go together to create highly energy efficient buildings.  EuroACE monitors the work of the EU Institutions and consistently calls for an ambitious EU policy and legislation framework that will deliver highly energy efficient and decarbonised buildings by 2050. It also works to ensure the establishment of the market conditions that will encourage, among other things, a significant increase in energy-related renovations to existing buildings. 

Adrian Joyce is also the Campaign Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, which was initiated by EuroACE in 2011 to stop energy waste in buildings.  Its ambition is to reduce the energy demand of the building stock in the EU by 80% by 2050 as compared to 2005.  The Campaign now counts nearly 50 partners and nearly 50 high-level champions that support its objectives and actions. 

Adrian Joyce will be on the panel 'Deep Retrofit, Insulation and Recovery Plan' on Wednesday 30th March at 11.00.

Margie McCarthy

Director of Research and Policy Insights, SEAI

Margie is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of SEAI contributing to the development and implementation of organisational strategy and operationalising that strategy for optimal delivery of results.  She is responsible for the leadership and management of the Research and Policy Insights Directorate including oversight of SEAI research activities, modelling and statutory reporting of Ireland's energy statistics and projections, providing strategic energy policy insights and advisory to Government including behavioural analysis.

Margie is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.  She joined SEAI from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), where she served as Head of Education and Public Engagement and as Interim Director of Science for Society.   A core focus of her work was to support greater impact from STEM research for the benefit of society through the growth and development of funding opportunities and researcher/end user engagement.  She has also led delivery of national engagement schemes including Science Week and broadcast programmes. As Interim Director, Margie helped establish SFI’s challenge-based research approach and held responsibility for oversight of a significant research funding award portfolio.  Margie has served on several national education and skills policy groups and is currently Chairperson of the Gender Balance in STEM Education Advisory Group to the Department of Education.

Prior to joining SFI, Margie held the role of Membership Director with Engineers Ireland, the professional body for engineering in Ireland.  During her almost ten years with this organisation, Margie led a range of briefs from regulatory matters and competence framework development to marketing, life-long professional skills development and STEM engagement programmes. Before this, she worked as a consultant engineer with JB Barry & Partners and Aer Rianta Technical Consultants.

Margie is presenting at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Paul McCormack

Innovation Manager Belfast Metropolitan College

A research & innovation specialist, Paul has many years’ experience in developing, leading and delivering international projects, specifically in the green economy and digitalisation sectors.

Current research on enabling the digital transformation includes the H2020 BIMcert and ARISE projects.

Paul has championed the formation of the BIM-Energy Performance Alliance (BIM-EPA), an EU-wide alliance of 100 partners across 24 EU countries, and this work is the foundation of the Digital Centre of Excellence for the construction sector digiCONEX. Paul is also managing several international green energy projects including the GenComm project which seeks to address the barriers preventing the greater integration of renewables into our energy matrix.

Paul is speaking at BIM Breakfast Briefing at 8:30 on 31st of March.

 

Laura Heuston

Sustainability Works

An accountant and tax expert by training, Laura pivoted her career to focus on renewable energy and sustainable finance. She has worked with many companies in the sustainable energy sector on international M&A transactions, finance and corporate structures.

A leading expert in her field, she has in-depth knowledge of the global sustainable finance landscape and has used this knowledge to raise awareness and build engagement in Ireland around the jobs and business opportunities linked to this sector.

She speaks, writes and advises on a broad range of sustainable finance topics. Laura previously worked with KPMG, Airtricity, and Sustainable Nation Ireland.

Laura will be on the panel at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Dr Ciarán Byrne

Director of National Retrofit, SEAI

Dr Ciarán Byrne was recently appointed as Director of the National Retrofit Directorate within SEAI.  Prior to this role he was the first Chief Executive Officer of Inland Fisheries Ireland and served in that capacity for ten years.

As Chief Executive Officer he was instrumental in establishing Inland Fisheries Ireland in 2010, following the amalgamation of eight separate State Agencies. Subsequently Ciarán focused on transforming the organisation into a modern, vibrant State Agency relevant for all stakeholders and capable of delivering on its core mandate. Prior to the role of CEO of IFI, Ciarán was the CEO of the Central Fisheries Board, and he also held several positions both in industry and in the charity sector.

Ciarán is a chartered management accountant and served his time working in industry where he gained an understanding of the SME sector. He holds a degree and Ph.D. in science from Trinity College Dublin where he authored several peer reviewed scientific publications, and he has recently completed a Masters degree in Business. Ciarán was admitted as a Chartered Director, with the Institute of Directors in 2017.

Dr Byrne will be presenting the Product of the Show Awards in the Energy Theatre on Wednesday 30th March at 13.00.

Samantha Fahy

Sustainability Manager, Dublin City University

Samantha Fahy holds a primary Science degree from NUI Galway (1991), a Master in Optoelectronics from Queen’s University Belfast (1992), a diploma in Management from Trinity College Dublin (1997) and an MBA from Dublin City University (2010).

Samantha has over 20 year of experience in the management and administration of high technology research projects and has developed a deep understanding of research practice gained from working closely with outstanding researchers engaged in complex projects, such as SFI Strategic Research Clusters, which are multi- institutional, multi-disciplinary and have deeply embedded industrial partners. In 2004 Samantha was appointed the Centre Manager for the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology focusing on the long-term strategic planning for the Centre, including the coordination and submission of major research grants applications and other funding opportunities as well as management of complex budgets over multi-year time frames, liaising with many partners (often with conflicting interests), and successful negotiation of difficult consortium agreements.

Earlier in her career (2001 – 2004), Samantha launched and managed a start-up company focused on delivering technology focused education and training programmes tailored to specific industrial requirements. In 2012 Samantha took on the part-time role of Manager of Sustainability at DCU – a new cross University initiative to develop and promote Sustainability across all functions including teaching and learning, research development and innovation, campus management and operations as well at enhancing engagement with external stakeholders. In June 2013 Samantha moved full time to this role.

Samantha Fahy will be speaking at the Women in Energy Event on Wednesday the 30th of March at 4.30pm. Register here

Michael Curran

Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

Michael Curran is CIBSE Ireland Chairman and Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities at NUI Galway. A graduate of The University of Liverpool, he worked as a building services engineer before taking up his current role. As Energy Performance Officer at NUI Galway, Michael led the team to ambitiously exceed Government targets in primary energy reduction, also wining the SEAI Energy Team of the year 2019.

He has represented CIBSE Ireland at numerous SEAI events and worked closely with the U9 Group of Energy Officers across the university sector on developing strategies to achieve targets set out in the Climate Action Plan.

Michael will be on the panel for the breakfast session 'Using BIM to Control Energy' taking place on Thursday 31st March at 08:30.

Marion Jammet

IGBC

Marion is responsible for IGBC’s policy and advocacy campaigns, including #BuildingLife. She also manages several projects in the area of energy renovation: Build Upon, BusLeague and the development of guidance documents to retrofit traditionally built buildings. Marion’s working background is in stakeholder engagement, policy development and project management, with previous roles in Dublin Chamber, Eurochambres and the European Parliament. Marion holds a MA in European Affairs from Sciences-Po (France) and an MSc in environmental sustainability from University College Dublin.

Marion will be on the panel at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Patricia Comiskey

Consenting and Government Relations Manager, Simply Blue

Patricia is the Consenting and Government Relations Manager for the Western Star Project which includes providing technical direction for the environment function (resource, scope, risk, programme and budget) to support the effective delivery of engineering aspects of the project.

In a previous role with SEAI, Patricia led the development of the Atlantic Marine Test Site (AMETS) from 2015-2021 and was successful in securing foreshore lease, substation and onshore grid planning for that project. Patricia also has 22 years’ experience working directly with key government and marine stakeholders in Ireland and the EU. She has extensive experience in leading and managing projects including the management of EU funded proposals, associated resources, budgets & forecasting. Patricia has a BSc in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin and a MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science from University of Aberdeen.

Patricia will be speaking at our Women in Energy Networking event on Wednesday the 30th March. Register here.

Jason Doherty

Programme Manager, SEAI

Jason works as a Programme Manger with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Since joining SEAI in 2014, he has worked with the Energy Demand Management team helping to deliver a range of supports to the public and private sector. He is now working with the Development team focusing primarily on the delivery and growth of the EXEED (Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design) Certified Programme and its associated grant scheme. He is also leading the implementation and ongoing operation of SEAI’s ISO 50001 Energy management system standard.

Jason is presenting a session 'EXEED Outline and Sample Projects', which will be hosted in the Energy Theatre on Wednesday 30th at 12;00 and Thursday the 31st March at 12:00.

Henry Sheahan

Chairman, NIAI

Henry Sheahan, Chairman of the National Insulation Association of Ireland (NIAI), has over 40 years experience in the industry. Having held senior roles in various capacities with Aerobord Insulation, Springvale Insulation and Aircell Insulation over a 30-year span, he spent the remainder of his career as Managing Director of the CRH Irish Insulation Division.

Henry is leading the Live Demo Area along with the Deep Retrofit, Insulation and Recovery Plan session on the 30th of March at 11am in the Minerva Suite.

Ray Langton

Programme Manager, SEAI

Ray is the SEAI Programme Manager for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH).

He joined SEAI in 2017 and has been instrumental in the launch and roll out of the SSRH.

Prior to joining SEAI Ray was Change & Transition Manager for the Central Bank and helped to successfully move 1,600 employees from four sites to one new (A rated!) headquarters incorporating new technology and new ways of working in 2016 & 2017.

Ray also has many years operational experience in the Pharmaceutical and Brewing industries culminating in the role of Project Director for the new Guinness Brewhouse at St James’s Gate, a state of the art facility which opened in 2012, and only the fourth Guinness brewhouse built on the site since Arthur Guinness opened the first in 1759.

Ray graduated from UCD with a BSc(hons) sometime last century, and among other things picked up a Master Brewer Diploma from the Institute of Brewing and an MBA from the Open University.

Ray is presenting a session 'Support Scheme for Renewable Heat' on Wednesday 30th March at 15.00 which will be available to watch in the Energy Theatre.

Avril Behan

Project Director, Build Digital Project

Dr Avril Behan is the Project Director for Build Digital, a €2.5million project funded by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, creating a National Centre of Excellence for Digital Construction in Ireland, as part of the priority actions of the Construction Sector Group’s Innovation and Digital Adoption Subgroup.

Avril holds a PhD in the application of Geomatics to Architectural Historical studies. Her research interests include all aspects of Building Information Modelling & Management, particularly for energy performance and the integration of geomatics technologies, applications of analytics and machine learning in construction, collaborative education, and full asset lifecycle management. The integration of Lean Construction with BIM is also an area of special interest.

Avril is a Director of Lean Construction Ireland and a Chartered Fellow of both the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Avril will be on the panel for the breakfast session 'Using BIM to Control Energy' taking place on Thursday 31st March at 08:30.

Alan Ryan

Public Sector Programme Manager, SEAI

Alan has worked in SEAI for 17 years. He is currently the Public Sector programme manager in SEAI. He works with senior managers and energy managers in the public sector achieve national energy targets. He developed the national Monitoring and Reporting system which tracks public bodies annual performance.

Prior to managing the Public Sector Programme he also managed the SME and LIEN programmes in SEAI. Alan was involved in developing the Irish (IS393), European (EN 16001) and International (ISO 50001) energy management standards. He was responsible for developing SEAIs Energy MAP training programme, and helped develop the National Energy Services Framework and EPC supports and documentation.

Alan is a Domain Coordinator on the Concerted Action Energy Efficiency Directive initiative, which aims to share good practices of the implementation of the EED amongst policy makers and energy agencies in Member States.

Prior to SEAI Alan worked for 8 years as a facility manager in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries. His lives in Kildare with his wife Sharon, 3 children, Maggie, William and James, and currently 1 dog, 8 chickens, 6 hamsters and 2 guinea pigs.

Alan will be participating in the 'Irish public sector targets to 2030 and progress to date' session on Thursday 31st March at 14.00

Joseph Mady

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Construction Technologies Group

Joseph Mady, CEO, Digital Construction Technologies Group, is a member of the CIF 4.0 Committee, a member of the NSAI Technical Committee on BIM, and a member of the CitA BIM Eastern Region Steering Committee. Industry work aside, he is a part-time lecturer at TU Dublin where he lectures on the CPD Digital Delivery for Site Teams, and the Construction Site Management course.

Having initially trained and worked as an electrician, he attained further qualifications with a BEng Tech and a BSc in Electrical Engineering Services Design, as well as an MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management from TU Dublin and an MSc in Leadership and Management in UCD.

Joseph will be on the panel for the breakfast session 'Using BIM to Control Energy' taking place on Thursday 31st March at 08:30.

Michael Earley

Manager, BIM

Michael Earley is the BIM Manager with daa and a member of the digital transformation team responsible for the implementation of the BIM strategy and integration of systems to ensure the seamless transfer of information during the full life-cycle of physical and digital assets.

Part of the strategy is to deliver projects in accordance with ISO 19650 standards and to utilise digital tools such as BIM 360, Autodesk Forge, ESRI GIS and Maximo to improve the quality of information that is used to design, construct, operate and maintain assets. As Chair of the RIAI BIM Committee, Michael is responsible for the development of the RIAI BIM Pack and is also a member of the NSAI Technical Committee which published the National Annex to ISO 19650.

Michael will be on the panel for the breakfast session 'Using BIM to Control Energy' taking place on Thursday 31st March at 08:30.

Kerrie Sheehan

Head of Department, Research & Technology SEAI

Kerrie Sheehan is the Head of the Research & Technology Department at SEAI which supports Ireland’s energy policy goals through technical, strategic and analytical expertise and advice to stakeholders. The Department includes teams in the areas of Research Development & Demonstration, Offshore Energy, Electricity & Wind, EU Research and Heat & Bioenergy.

Kerrie is presenting at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Oliver Kinnane

Lecturer in Architecture, University College Dublin

Oliver is academic lead of the Building in a Climate Emergency Research Group at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD. He is founder and director of the MSc in Architecture, Urbanism and Climate Action. His research is focused on building construction and operation, and the identification of solutions to reduce the environmental impact of both. Oliver is PI on a range of international and national projects including the EU Green Deal H2020 Probono project, three Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland projects (nZEB101, FabTrads, MacAirH) and the Whole Life Carbon in Irish Construction Sector and Built Environment with the Irish Green Building Council.

Oliver will be on the panel at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Dr Shafi Khadem

Senior Staff Researcher and Lead, EDGE Group at IERC - International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute

Dr Shafi Khadem leads the EDGE Group in IERC. He is research active in smart grid areas with a special focus on Grid Stability and Power Quality, Microgrids, Energy Communities and Markets. By this time, has secured over €2m in research funding, published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, co-authored a book and other technical reports. He received recognition from ICTP, Erasmus, IRCSET, IEEE etc. Currently, serves IEEE as a senior member in Power and Energy, Smart Grid and Smart Cities societies. He is the National Lead of GO-P2P, a UserTCP Task by IEA, member of EU ETIP SNET Working Group 5 (Innovation implementation in the business environment) to support the activities on R&I status and Continuous gAP analysis (RICAP) process.

Dr Shafi Khadem will be on the panel at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Eamonn Sheils

Programme Manager, Commercial Retrofit, SEAI

Eamonn is a Chartered Engineer with 20 years of experience in the building services industry. His experience spans numerous sectors and regions, including new and fitout projects in commercial office, retail, leisure, industrial and public sector in Ireland, Japan and Dubai. Prior to joining SEAI Eamonn was a director in one of the leading mechanical and electrical consultancies in the country. In his new role as Programme Manager – Commercial Retrofit, Eamonn will join the Business Team in SEAI in its drive to support and collaborate with all stakeholders on their journey to achieve the government’s targets for this sector. 

Eamonn Sheils is presenting at the 'Using BIM to Control Energy in the Built Environment' session on Thursday 31st March at 8.30 and is chairing the 'Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector' session at 11.00.

Dr Lucy Corcoran

Programme Manager, Research, Development & Demonstration, SEAI

Lucy Corcoran works on delivery of the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme, which supports innovative energy RD&D projects that contribute to Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future. Lucy represents Ireland on Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan) Steering Group, and represents SEAI on the National Climate Research Coordination Group. Lucy is also the National Contact Point for the European Commission co-funded ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems initiative.

Lucy is an engineer with ten years’ experience in the energy sector, across industry and academia. She holds a BAI (Engineering) and PhD (Hydropower Energy Recovery) from Trinity College Dublin, and is a graduate of the UCD-TCD-QUB Innovation Academy (Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

Lucy is presenting at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

John Gleeson

Director BPC

John has extensive experience with advising, modelling, designing, and installation of energy efficient, low carbon and sustainable solutions for projects. John is commercially aware and continually strives to provide practicable solutions that ultimately provides clients with value and return on their investment. John has extensive experience in sustainability and building certifications. John has been responsible for the delivery and management of many major consultancy projects worldwide. 

John Gleeson will be on the panel 'Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector' on Thursday 31st March at 11.00.

Oliver Held

Director and Head of Building Consultancy, JLL

A Registered and Chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience. Oliver coordinates the Building Consultancy Team in JLL.  Oliver’s primary role is the oversight and provision of Building Surveying services across all types of commercial property for Tenants, Developers, Owner-Occupiers and Funding Institutions.  His particular areas of expertise include providing TDD advice, dilapidations, project management and as a BREEAM In Use Assessor.  

Oliver Held will be on the panel 'Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector' on Thursday 31st March at 11.00.

Tom Ascough

Managing Director, Symphony Energy

Tom began his career working in oilfield services at Schlumberger before pivoting to sustainable building design at Arup. He went on to become a pioneer in HVAC IoT (or ‘Symphony’ as Tom calls it). This led to the creation of the energy efficiency company, Symphony Energy, which he co-founded with Sean Ascough in 2011. Tom is now officially an inventor too with his patented Symphony Cycle set to make a global impact on energy optimisation. 

Tom Ascough will be on the panel 'Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector' on Thursday 31st March at 11.00.

Niall Herlihy

Associate Director at Axiseng

Niall has worked in the building services industry for over 20 years, having completed his bachelor’s degree in Building Services Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street in 1999. 
He joined the company in 2014 and was appointed as an Associate Director at Axiseng in 2015. Niall is a Chartered Engineer and has vast experience of a wide range of commercial, industrial, data centres, retail and mixed-use development projects, where the scopes often included building digitalisation and optimisation. 

Niall be presenting at the session ‘Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector’ on Thursday 31st March at 11.00.

Keith Fitzpatrick

Sirus

Keith has worked in the controls industry for over 25 years. Keith spent 10 years in Managing Director positions at Integrated Control Systems and Intelligent Building Solutions and has worked with Sirus, a member of the SAUTER Group, for the last 11 years. 

Throughout his career, Keith has worked closely with designers on the integration and implementation of Smart Building Control and more recently on the implementation of IoT technologies for effective building control.  Keith also works in a consultancy role with some of the largest multinational companies assisting on the design and implementation of Smart technologies to improve tennt experience, wellbeing and over all energy efficiency.  

Keith Fitzpatrick will be on the panel 'Opportunities and challenges to upgrades in the commercial sector' on Thursday 31st March at 11.00.

Stephen Farrell

National Home Retrofit Programme, SEAI

Is a Chartered Engineer who transitioned from design consultancy work to the sustainable energy space in 2010. Since then, his work has centred around sustainable energy deployment programmes leading the One Stop Shop Development programme from it’s inception in 2019, to now working on the recently launched National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme (One Stop Shop service). Stephen has also worked on other SEAI schemes such as the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme and the Community Energy Grant programme.

Stephen Farrell will take part in the 'Information Session for Contractors on SEAI’s new grants rollout' at 15:00 on Thursday 31st March 2022.

Liam O'Cléirigh

Managing Partner, Byrne Ó Cléirigh

Liam P. Ó Cléirigh provides business advisory services throughout the enterprise and public sectors, with a particular focus on energy, climate change, business processes and risk management. He joined the company in 1999 and has been Managing Partner since 2010. He has advised clients in Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, Britain and Malaysia, as well as throughout Ireland.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master's Degree in Engineering Science and an MBA from University College Dublin. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Energy Engineer, a Fellow of both Engineers Ireland and the Energy Institute, and is Honorary Secretary of the Energy Institute's Ireland branch.

Liam will be speaking at the session 'Irish public sector targets to 2030 and progress to date' taking place at 14:00 on Thursday 31st March.

Richard Morrison

Director, Optien

Richard Morrison of Optien has a strong background in engineering has worked as an improvement consultant for over 18 years where he works with design teams on projects to challenge the designs from an energy efficient design perspective.

He was also the Project Manager of the working group tasked with updating the Irish Energy Efficient Design Standard IS:399 upon which the EXEED process is based. Richard was the Energy Efficient Design Expert on a new build QO Laboratory in MSD in Carlow from concept design through to the successful completion of the project including obtaining 3rd party EXEED certification.

Richard will be speaking at the session 'Exeed Outline and Sample Projects' at 12:00 on Thursday 31st March 2022.

John Reilly

Estate Manager, Climate Action & Sustainability Office

John Reilly is an Estate Manager in the Climate Action & Sustainability Office. He has almost 20 years experience with a record of delivering multi-million-euro complex and large-scale projects in the HSE and private industry.

He qualified with a BSc in Mechanical engineering in 2002 and has subsequently completed a Master in Energy Management, and Post Grad Diplomas in Contract Law & Construction Administration and Procurement Law.

He is currently leading the HSE Decarbonisation Pilot Pathfinder Programme which is being undertaken to assess and quantity the actions and measures required to comply with the Climate Action Plan targets.

John will be speaking at the session 'Exeed Outline and Sample Projects' at 12:00 on Thursday 31st March 2022.

 

John Dolan

Chartered Engineer

John Dolan is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in both the private and public sector with over 30 years’ experience. He is a Technical Manager in the Planning and Building Unit working collectively ensuring the effective carrying out of all technical matters relating to the School Building Programme.

He heads the Climate Action, Planning and Capital Appraisal Unit which provides strategic oversight for planning & appraisal aspects of school building programme along with strategic planning for implementation of the Department’s Climate Agenda including trajectory, research programmes and delivery methodologies.

John will be speaking at the session 'Irish public sector targets to 2030 and progress to date' taking place at 14:00 on Thursday 31st March.

 

Derek Reilly

General Manager, nevo.ie; Founder, EV Review Ireland

Derek Reilly has been passionate about electric vehicles for years. In 2020 he launched EV Review Ireland on YouTube and it has already become Ireland's leading EV YouTube channel. 

On the channel, he reviews everything from electric micro mobility all the way up to electric vans and buses. Derek started the channel to drive the awareness and adoption of electric vehicles and has already had viewers contact him to say they have purchased an EV because of his reviews. 

Derek is now a regular EV contributor on national and local media and has also been the chair for the recent 2021 Irish EV Summit.

Derek is presenting at the session 'Roll out of EV charger infrastructure & Associated Schemes', which will be hosted in the Energy Theatre on Thursday the 31st March at 13:00.

Denis Neary

Programme Executive, Support Scheme for Renewable Heat, SEAI

Denis is the Programme Executive for Support Scheme for Renewable Heat SSRH.

A career that has spanned wind farm development and operations, Organic Rankin Cycle heat recovery units, Large district heating plants in Austria and Germany and biomass systems of all sizes in Ireland, Denis has a very broad experience and has found a home in SSRH Team, joining at the very beginning of the scheme development and has since been working on continuously improving the SSRH and making the scheme easier for applicants and ongoing participants.”

Derek is presenting a session 'Support Scheme for Renewable Heat', which will be hosted in the Energy Theatre on Wednesday the 30th March at 15:00.

Graham Brennan

Programme Manager, EV Charging and Policy Infrastructure, SEAI

Graham Brennan is responsible for the development and management of SEAI’s Electric Vehicle (EV) programmes which have disbursed €74m in supports to help establish the current market of over 35,000 EVs on Irish roads.  He was a member of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) Task Force which developed the key policies in place today underpinning the development of the EV market in Ireland.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IEA HEV Technology Collaboration Programme.

 

Previously Graham was responsible for running the Ocean Energy and RE Research & Development programmes within SEAI providing support for the first installations of wave energy, biomass and biofuel technology demonstrators in Ireland amongst others.  The results of this work has helped to inform policy developments in respective fields.

 

Before joining SEAI, Graham worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines on turbine design in Derby, UK and prior to that he worked in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.

 

Graham holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway and a Masters degree in Thermal Power from Cranfield University in England. 

 

Graham is presenting at the session 'Roll out of EV charger infrastructure & Associated Schemes', which will be hosted in the Energy Theatre on Thursday the 31st March at 13:00.

John Smith

Sustainability, Infrastructure and Facilities Manager, An Post

John Smith is the Sustainability  Infrastructure and Facilities Manager at An Post. John comes from a trade background having served his time as an Electrician and he has degrees in Property and Facilities Management, in Economics and a Diploma in Statistics.

 

Through his role in An Post, John is responsible for An Posts sustainable infrastructure. John leads the sustainability team, manages the An Post property built environment of over 2 million square feet and is responsible for the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. John is the Chair of Post Europe’s Green Mobility Forum, which consists of over 50 postal and logistics organisations and John is Vice Chair of the Alliance for Logistics Innovation Through Collaboration in Europe (Alice) and is part of the Alice Leadership team in Efficient and Low Emissions Assets and Energy.

 

Central to John’s role is working on innovative projects related to property and fleet. John is the An Post lead for project SENATOR, an international collaboration between An Post, Correos (Spanish Postal Service), the city of Zaragoza and Dublin City Council. Project SENATOR, a Horizon 2020 project which, aims to develop an online platform which will manage and optimise freight collections and deliveries in Dublin city.

 

John’s current focus is on the transformation of the An Post heavy goods fleet. An Post is ready to be a first adopter of zero emission HGV technologies and John has begun exploring hydrogen as a potential fuel alternative for long-haul vehicles. In the interim John has facilitated the trial Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and An Post is the first major fleet to test a HVO fuel in Ireland.

 

John is presenting at the session 'Roll out of EV charger infrastructure & Associated Schemes', which will be hosted in the Energy Theatre on Thursday the 31st March at 13:00.

John Randles

Head of Delivery, SEAI National Retrofit

John will be speaking at the session 'Deep Retrofit, Insulation and Recovery Plan', on the 30th of March at 11am in the Minerva Suite.

Noel Rowland

Managing Director, Churchfield Home Services

Managing Director of Churchfield Home Services, a company that provides a full range of Insulation, Heating and Renewable Upgrades to domestic homes in Ireland and to date have completed energy efficiency upgrades to over 5,000 over the past 12 years through a variety of SEAI Funded Programmes. Noel a native of Mayo, graduated from Sligo IT where he studied Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Automation and Product Design Engineering before diversifying into Specialist Construction and Retrofitting in 2006.

Noel will be speaking at the session 'Deep Retrofit, Insulation and Recovery Plan', on the 30th of March at 11am in the Minerva Suite.

Stuart Hobbs

Director of Energy Services, SSE Airtricity

Director of Energy Services at SSE Airtricity. He joined SSE in 2009 with over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry in various senior management roles, having previously worked for ESB Networks for 10 years. Stuart graduated with a Degree in Human Resource Management and subsequently graduated with an MSc in Management and Leadership from Smurfit Business School. He is responsible for managing and developing a portfolio of energy solutions that provide clients, domestic and commercial, with tools to improve their energy efficiency. He manages a range of businesses and partnerships across Ireland.

Stuart will be speaking at the session 'Deep Retrofit, Insulation and Recovery Plan', on the 30th of March at 11am in the Minerva Suite.

Daniel Ring

Managing Director, Lawler Sustainability

What an exciting time to be an Engineer! Having spent 'many many' years designing what gives buildings their heartbeat, the engineering services, I can honestly say there has never been more change and more purpose about our role than now. 

So, our largely invisible contribution to buildings - their energy & carbon footprint is now centre stage. My role for the past number of years working with our very talented team has been to challenge the 'old way' and be catalysts for change. Faced with the challenge of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 Celsius we have a moral obligation as engineers to advocate, set ambition and provide the technical solutions to stop the rise.

Providing pathways and delivering decarbonising projects for our collective net zero journey is now a core focus. 

Daniel will be on the panel at the session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Lisa Ryan

Professor in Energy Economics, UCD

Lisa Ryan is professor in energy economics in the School of Economics in UCD and energy economics lead at UCD Energy Institute and has expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change economics.

She was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris until summer 2013 where she led projects relating to energy efficiency finance, transport, and cross-sectoral policy. She has previously worked as an independent consultant in energy and environmental economics for international and Irish governmental organisations, as well as the private and public sectors.

Lisa has a PhD in environmental economics from University College Dublin (UCD), and other postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in economics and engineering from UCD and Colorado School of Mines, USA.

Lisa will be chairing the panel session 'Leveraging research to decarbonise the industrial and commercial sectors ' at 14:00 on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

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