This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

UN role for North East energy expert

20 June 2016

A North East England biomass energy expert has been appointed by the United Nations to help grow the green energy industry of a former Soviet state.

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 future based on renewable energy use.

With well 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 to ensure it reaches its full potential.

Their consultancy services are in high demand – for example 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’s experience will be vital in helping the UN deliver its aim of developing their bioenergy sector, and promoting the sustainable production and use of upgraded biomass fuels in Georgia.

Neil will undertake three missions to Georgia over the next 12 months, to input his knowledge to the project on the ground while being available to provide phone and email advice when needed. Georgia - with a population of 3.7 million 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.”

Neil applied for the post and was successfully interviewed over Skype by officials from the UN Development Programme. re:heat was founded in 2011 by Neil and fellow director Ben Tansey to assist businesses of all sizes convert from fossil fuels to sustainable, low carbon wood fuel heating systems.

re:heat provides advice about the latest biomass technologies and has seen the amount of consultancy work it undertakes treble in the last year.

With a further expected 50% increase within the next 12 months, the volume of specialist advice provided to the public sector, traditional estates and private companies is now worth six figures.

More at

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the rubbish for general collection.Full Story...

Article image Supply chain business owner speaks out on anniversary of Carillion collapse

Owner of Johnson Bros (Oldham) Neil Skinner has spoken of the severe difficulties experienced by his company through working with Carillion on the anniversary of the company’s collapse.Full Story...

Momentum increases to improve supply chain payment

Payment concerns continue after Carillion failure anniversary

Support for latest Clean Air Strategy development