Innovative Irish energy projects have delivered €1billion in energy savings in 12 years

Sustainable Energy Awards 2015 Open For Ambitious Energy Projects

Organisations from multinationals to SMEs & community organisations driving culture of change in energy efficiency

Media Release

21st May 2015 – Close to €1billion in energy savings have been achieved by organisations who have taken part in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s annual Sustainable Energy Awards. Now in its 12th year, the Awards reward individuals, businesses or communities who adapt their energy management practices to deliver cost savings and energy efficiencies in their business or communities.

This year SEAI, along with main sponsors Electric Ireland and Enprova, are looking for innovative solutions to energy saving that have a strong replication potential across all sectors. Entries are invited in eight categories including: large and small business, community, public sector, innovation, research, leadership and collaboration.   

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 26th June 2015. Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2015.

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About SEAI:

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

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. 

Notes to editor:

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.

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