Final opportunity for entry to the Sustainable Energy Awards 2015

Closing date extended to Friday 10th July

Media Release

26th June 2015: The closing date for entries to the Sustainable Energy Awards 2015 has been extended by two weeks until Friday 10th July 2015. This gives ambitious energy saving businesses, communities and organisations more time to enter the annual competition. Now in their 12th year, the Awards are presented by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and sponsored by Electric Ireland and Enprova.  

The competition encourages and rewards excellence in energy management. This year, the organisers are looking for innovative solutions to energy saving that have a strong replication potential across all sectors. Entries are invited in nine categories including: large and small business, community, public sector, research, leadership, collaboration, design and innovation (sponsored by Glen Dimplex).   

Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI, said: “We have seen strong leadership in recent years with public and private organisations driving the sustainable energy agenda in Ireland. This has been reflected in the Awards with very impressive entries and greater collaboration as communities and other sectors work together to deliver energy savings. This year’s Awards will expand on these developments and I encourage those who are making sustainable energy achievements to enter and be part of our €1 billion energy saving club!”

Last year’s winners, Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árainn Teo (Aran Islands Renewable Energy Ltd) delivered a range of energy projects to develop the islands as energy self-sustaining and carbon neutral.  Residents on the three Aran Islands collaborated to establish a co-operative to reduce the islands’ dependence on imported fossil fuels and deliver energy independence by 2022.

Further information on the 2015 Sustainable Energy Awards can be found on SEAI’s website www.seai.ie/energyawards. Closing date for entries is Friday 10th July 2015. Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2015.

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Notes to editor:

 

About the Sustainable Energy Awards

This is the 12th year for SEAI’s annual Sustainable Energy Awards which promote excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the island of Ireland.

The title sponsors for this year’s Awards are Electric Ireland and energy service company Enprova, with Glen Dimplex sponsoring the Innovation category. 

 

Awards Categories

1.  Collaboration

This award recognises groups working together with a common goal of advancing sustainable energy use, for example through projects or awareness campaigns.  The collaboration can be internal or external to the organisation.  Criteria  include the scope of collaboration and scale of ambition.  It is open to partnerships or teams of all sizes across private, public and voluntary sectors.

2.  Research

This award recognises research in the development of new systems, services, products or approaches likely to impact on future demand reduction.  Eligible entries should detail the problem researched, the research outcome and solution and the potential impact.   It is open to all organisations, individuals, academia, start-ups, researchers and inventors.

3.   Community award

This award recognises partnerships promoting sustainable energy practices at community level, delivering energy savings and socio-economic benefits.  Projects can include energy efficiency retrofits, renewable energy upgrades or behavioural change initiatives.   It is open to organisations or groups across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

4.  Large business award

This award recognises large industrial or commercial businesses with an annual energy spend exceeding €0.5 million.  Entrants should demonstrate a track record for going beyond best practice in integrated energy management through technology upgrades, process solutions or staff engagement.  Projects including low-energy buildings and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.

5.  Public sector award

This award recognises public sector organisations which go beyond best practice in new or upgrade technology deployments, management solutions or staff engagement implemented in support of organisational goals.  Projects including low energy buildings and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.

6.  Small business award

This award recognises small industrial / commercial businesses and SMEs, with an annual energy spend of less than €0.5 million.  Entrants should demonstrate a capacity to go beyond best practice in integrated energy management through technology upgrades, process solutions or staff engagement.  Projects including low-energy buildings and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.

7.  Leadership

This award celebrates individuals or teams, nominated by organisations across the public, private or voluntary sectors.  Entrants will have demonstrated leadership and ambition in advancing sustainable energy in their organisation or community over a prolonged period.  Among the criteria are the degree of influence and lasting benefits of their actions.

8.  Innovation

This award recognises the development and advancement of new technologies, systems, and approaches which have the capacity to influence sustainable energy use in Ireland.  Criteria include energy savings and socio-economic impacts.  It is open to all organisations, individuals, academia, start-ups, researchers and inventors.

9.  Design

This award recognises products or projects or services which best demonstrate the vital fusion of technically sound sustainable energy solutions and creative execution for maximum appeal. This category is open to all organisations and individuals across all sectors.

 

 

 
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