Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Mr.

Contact First Name: James

Contact Surname: Gaffey

Contact Address:

South Campus, IT Tralee, Ireland.

Telephone Contact Number: 0861544407

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: james.gaffey@staff.ittralee.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: Institute of Technology, Tralee

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.agriforvalor.eu

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
James Gaffey is employed as Biorefinery Specialist at Institute of Technology Tralee. James is a member of the Horizon 2020 AGRIFORVALOR Project team. The project is designed to develop networks that will connect actors that produce, manage and exploit biological resources in Agri and forestry chains with RTDs and Academia from multi-disciplinary fields as well as bio-industry SMEs.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Biorefinery Ireland Biorefining Biochemicals Bioproducts Hydrolysis Fermentation Bioactive Biomass Bioenergy Biofuels Bio-economy Biomaterials Bio-chemicals Bio-refinery Bio-materials

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

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

 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Currently Bio-refinery Specialist at Institute of Technology Tralee. Member of Horizon 2020 AGRIFORVALOR Project team. The project is designed to develop networks that will connect actors that produce, manage and exploit biological resources in Agri and forestry chains with RTDs and Academia from multi-disciplinary fields as well as bio-industry SMEs. Previously employed by NUI Galway as a biorefinery expert in the DAFM-funded Bio-Eire, Bio-economy Working Group (collaborative project between UCD, NUIG, DIT and Teagasc), with the aim of idenitfying high potential value-chains for Ireland bio-economy taking into account Ireland’s natural resources and core strengths, and matching these to global market opportunities and making recommendations on the development frameworks that could be introduced to underpin commercial exploitation of these opportunities. James was previously a member of the BRIDG, expert biorefinery group based across Ireland, Australia, Austria and Germany. The group has combined experience of over 50 years in the biorefinery space and contains 2 former and 1 current IEA Task 42 Biorefinery National Representatives (Current Austrian Representative, and Former Australian and Irish Representatives) working on a number of near-to-commercial technologies, as well as undertaking research in a number of less mature and niche products. James has previous experience in the Biorefinery Industry with Cellulac as well as researcher for the Technology Centre for Bioenergy and Biorefinery.


EU Research Partnerships

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

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

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:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

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

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

 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

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

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

 Systemic Eco-Innovation

 Nature-based Solutions

 Raw Materials

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:

 International cooperation

The following information was supplied about International Cooperation in SC5 Cross-cutting areas

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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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity

 Environmental Governance and Information


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


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