Work Package 1

The WDC is lead partner of the overall project and is responsible for:

  • finance management and processing of claims
  • governance (in respect to steering and operations committee meetings scheduling and administration)
  • archiving
  • communications and public relations
  • general administration

As lead partner the Western Development Commission is responsible for the overall project and financial management, together with the required communications strategy. The activities include the project management, financial management, monitoring, communication, dissemination and evaluation of the project. It will ensure that appropriate financial, monitoring and communication structures are in place.

A key goal of BioPAD is to communicate the results of the project to a wide audience across the NPP region and beyond, encourage adoption of the BioPAD tools developed and raise the industry potential in rural parts of the NPP region. Results and impacts of the project will be presented and disseminated in national and international seminars, regional meetings, through different media and communication channels according to the joint communication plan. Members of local and energy national networks associated with the project will be kept regularly informed about project implementation and results and access to associate partner expertise will add significant value to the project.

For further information contact:

Dr. Helen McHenry
BioPAD Project Co-ordinator

Western Development Commission
Address: Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Tel.: +353-94-986-1441
Mobile: +353-86-605-3264

Work Package 2

Action Renewables are leading Work Package 2 which is focussed on bioenergy policy. This work includes:

  • The dissemination of the policy toolkits developed under RASLRES (a previous NPP project) and augmented in BioPAD
  • Targeted meetings with key policy makers, provide policy learning and to advocate policy change
  • Organising a policy learning trip to Gussing, in Austria, to gain understanding of the potential for bioenergy as a method of local economic stimulation.
  • Creation of a policy makers network, which will provide BioPAD with greater insight into the successes and difficulties of the policy making process.
  • Adding to the policy learning in RASLRES, by broadening the scope of policy understanding, to show how policies for rural and peripheral regions and for local enterprise development, can aid the development of bioenergy in local areas and how this in turn can benefit the wider economy and provide jobs.
  • An interaction with Workpackage 3 (supply chain mapping) and WP4 (regional bioenergy networks). Experiences on these work packages will highlight policy gaps and areas where support is required or where unintended policy outcomes are prevalent.

For further information contact:

Michael Doran

Action Renewables
Address: Block C, Unit 1, Boucher Business Studios,Glenmachan Place, Belfast, BT12 6QH

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9072 7762
Mobile: +44 (0)7867 511 148

Work Package 3

The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) is leading Work Package 3 for renewable bioenergy supply chain mapping. This work package includes:

  • Design of Biofuel supply chain model (agreement of best in class model).
  • Mapping and analysis of Bioenergy SC – analysis on agreed criteria per fuel type with potential analysis of capabilities and gaps in regional partner supply chains
  • Implementation of SC within Bioenergy Tool model – the actual embedding of the supply chain data and analysis in a client friendly manner within the NPP Bioenergy Tool. This will link to all the other WP’s in so much as the partner region supply chain’s will use the developed/agreed supply chain mapping model but be responsible for the application within their own regions. This is a cost effective means of development.
  • This WP will develop a simple training guide to allow future regions adapt the supply chain mapping into their version of the Bioenergy Tool.
  • Help to create sustainable bioenergy clusters in NPP communities focussed on using the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool to enable enterprise growth- commercial focus
  • To enable effective knowledge and best practice transfer through the NPP region in the bio energy realm
  • To support the dissemination of the bioenergy Bioenergy Tool by creating an ability to train the regional bioenergy networks/municipalities and communities on the effective use of the Bioenergy Tool

For further information contact:

Robert Prinz

The Finnish Forest Research Institute
Address: PO Box 68 (Yliopistokatu 6), FI-80101 JOENSUU, FINLAND
Phone: +358 29 532 3086
Mobile: +358 50 391 3086

Mikko Nivala

The Finnish Forest Research Institute
Address: PO Box 68 (Yliopistokatu 6), FI-80101 JOENSUU, FINLAND
Phone: +358 29 532 2156
Mobile phone: +358 50 395 2156

Metsäntutkimuslaitos, Skogsforskningsinstitutet, Finnish Forest Research Institute
Jokiniemenkuja 1, PO Box 18, FI-01301 VANTAA


Work Package 4

The ERI is leading Work Package 4 (WP4) of BioPAD (‘Dissemination and Emissions) and in addition to providing assistance to other Work Packages, will be primarily responsible for:

  • Review of dissemination strategy for each participating region and agreement of action plan
  • Development with lead partner of pan European dissemination strategy and associated action plan
  • Implementation of dissemination plan and assessment of impact
  • Design and implementation of BioPAD sustainability model in each participating region
  • Input of emissions capability on evolved Tool models
  • Review of macroalgae as a renewable source of energy in the Northern Periphery of Europe

For further information contact:

Environmental Research Institute

Dr Neil James
Researcher and Postgraduate Coordinator

Tel.: +44 (0)1847 889579

Dr Kenny Boyd
Senior Research Fellow

Tel.: +44 (0)1847 889595