Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Gary

Contact Surname: Sims

Contact Address:

Inspire Business Park Carrowreagh Road Dundonald, Belfast Northern Ireland BT16 1QT

Telephone Contact Number: +44(0)28 95 211 295

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name:

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Fathom Energy & Environment Ltd

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Fathom Energy & Environment Ltd provides expert advice to the Energy and Environmental sectors throughout Ireland. The business was founded by Gary Sims, who has over 20 years’ experience working alongside a wide range of public and private sector organisations throughout the Island. Fathom has robust knowledge of the Cleantech/Green Technology and Renewable Energy sectors and markets, working with a wide range of businesses throughout Ireland advising on the applicability, functionality and economic benefit of renewable energy systems. Experience includes pre-planning and feasibility support for clients wanting to ensure their projects are cognisant of local sustainable development considerations. He therefore advises on contextual environmental regulations, licencing requirements, planning process and conditions. Within the resource efficiency discipline for example Fathom has delivered multiple projects for a range of businesses identifying and supporting the decision making and implementation of green technologies and resource efficiency practices, technologies and techniques. Many of these projects have availed of EU or public funding in support of micro and SME businesses. Within the energy sector projects for example have included biodiesel manufacturing, windfarms and single turbines, a waste to energy plant and transmission grid level renewable development integration. Gary is also an investigating Wayleave Officer for DETI and this work involves familiarity with low voltage as well as high voltage electricity network considerations at a site level. Fathom is also able to bring hands-on knowledge and experience of energy markets, support mechanisms and gas/electricity grid considerations. The company works in conjunction with its Norwegian partners to support the procurement of gas and electricity by local industrial and commercial users. Clients include Universites and experience involves the assimilation of energy data, preparation of tender documents and advising on the most suitable contract for our clients based on the modelling and appraisal of licenced energy Suppler offers. Through its partners, Fathom has access to live energy markets trading platforms for power, gas and carbon. This brings a detailed understanding of energy markets mechanisms and price trends. Fathom believes this is an element of knowledge and experience that helps support clients in the renewable energy sector to bring their project to market, negotiate Power Purchase Agreements, establish their carbon footprint or trade their Guarantees of Origin.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Energy Environment Procurement Management Systems Microgrid Renewables Environmental Impact Assessment EIA EMS Energy Procurement Demand Side Management Electricity Natural Gas Economic Appraisal Metering Monitoring Measurement ISO14001 ISO50001 EnMS Sustainable Development Sustainability Markets Energy Trading Guarantees of Origin Carbon Carbon Footprinting CFR Resource Efficiency Recycling Green Technologies

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Improve societal awareness and skills on raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

LIFE and COST Actions

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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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