Neil Harrison, director of Alnwick-based re:heat, is the UN Development Programme’s new external adviser on biomass, with a brief to assist Georgia in moving away from its dependency on fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy.
With over a decade’s experience in the biomass sector, Neil and the re:heat team have established a reputation for professionalising the UK wood heat industry.
Their consultancy services are in high demand – the Department of Energy and Climate Change asked re:heat to provide expert analysis of the likely future costs of installing and running biomass wood-burning heating in the UK.
Neil will take three trips to Georgia over the next 12 months, to input his knowledge to the project while being available to provide phone and email advice when needed.
Georgia - with a population of 3.7m people - embarked on a programme of major structural reform after it declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Neil said: “I’m delighted at this appointment, to be able to support the establishment and growth of a sustainable bioenergy industry in a country which has a number of unique opportunities and challenges.
“It’s recognition of the work re:heat has been doing and our standing in the industry.
“I’ll work as an external expert to the Georgia office of the UN on their wide reaching programme of support to grow the country’s biomass energy sector.
“Georgia has no history of biomass use, so expertise and knowledge of the technology is limited, so they want me to help provide that for them.
“The project aims to take the country off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy, making better use of their 40% forest cover for biomass energy.
“They see it as a growth sector to create new employment and meet carbon emission targets.”
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