Irish environmentalist and television personality Duncan Stewart officially launched an action plan promoting the bioenergy sector in the Westmeath region, on July 12th at the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Hosting the event was Joe Potter, CEO of Westmeath Community Development which produced the plan in association with Patrick Daly who is a sustainable energy consultant on the BioRegions project.
Commenting afterwards Mr Stewart said “The Bio Energy Action Plan launched by Westmeath Community Development through its LEADER initiative, is strategically critical to the future prospects of the 80,000 citizens of Westmeath. This bottom-up initiative for local rural communities, providing new opportunities and empowering ways for people to collaborate, in harnessing their local green energy resources. It is very compelling, realistic, positive, evidence-based and enabling for communities to act. “
‘BioRegions’ is a three year inter-European project, funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, promoting the development of ‘bioenergy regions’ across Europe, which are regions where a significant portion of the energy demand is met by sustainable bioenergy sources. Westmeath Community Development is the Irish project partner and is the Local Development Company for County Westmeath.
Speaking at the launch Joe Potter, CEO of Westmeath Community Development said ‘This Action Plan has been adopted by the board of Westmeath Community Development and is seen as a prelude to more proactive engagement in developing this sector and the wider issue of sustainable energy, given the relationship to job creation and other rural development objectives. We are delighted with the commitment of our stakeholders and we would like to extend an invitation to further organisations to come on board.’