Final Call for Entries to Sustainable Energy Awards 2016

Closing date this Friday 20th May 2016

Businesses, public bodies and communities urged to highlight their sustainable energy achievements

Media Release

18 May 2016 - The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today issued a final call to urge organisations, businesses or communities who have achieved energy savings through efficiency or renewable energy to enter the Sustainable Energy Awards before the closing date on Friday 20th May.

The Awards, sponsored by Enprova, are open to large and small projects from the island of Ireland. Innovative projects with high replication potential are invited in nine categories including: large and small business, community, public sector, innovation, research, leadership, buildings and design.

Further information on the 2016 Sustainable Energy Awards can be found on SEAI's website Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2016.

Some of last year's winners included: EPS Group, having co-ordinated several community outreach projects around the country; OpenHydro, for its development of an open centre tidal turbine; Foxrock Golf Club for implementing an energy plan; Údarás na Gaeltachta, for developing a community based partnership with the goal of developing Erris, Belmullet, Co. Mayo into a Sustainable Energy Community; and AbbVie Ireland, for its Energy Management Program "Reduce Carbon Footprint".

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For further information contact:
Morwenna Rice / Luke McDonnell
01 260 5000 / 086 194 0069 (MR) / 085 712 7243 (LMD) /



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 13th year for SEAI's annual Sustainable Energy Awards which promote excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the island of Ireland.

About our sponsors:
Sponsors for the Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 include Enprova as title sponsor and category sponsors Glen Dimplex (Innovation) and Kingspan ESB (Large Business), with the Irish Independent as Media Partner.

Awards Categories

This award focuses on entrants going beyond established best practice in the use of renewable energy supply or innovations in design, building fabric or operational systems to improve energy efficiency and cost savings in all types of buildings. It is open to new builds or building retrofit projects across all sectors.

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.

Innovation (sponsored by Glen Dimplex)
This award recognises the development and advancement of new smart technologies, systems, and approaches which have influenced and brought tangible benefits for 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.

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, the solution and the potential impact. It is open to all organisations, individuals, academia, start-ups, researchers and inventors.

Small business
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.

Large business (sponsored by Kingspan ESB)
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.

Public sector
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.

This award celebrates individuals or teams, nominated by organisations across the public, private or voluntary sectors. Entrants will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and ambition in advancing sustainable energy in their organisation or community over a prolonged period. Criteria include the degree of influence and lasting benefits of their actions. Finalists in this category will be put forward to a public vote.

This design award is looking for something useful, usable and beautiful. It recognises products or projects which best demonstrate the vital intersection of creative design with technically sound sustainable energy solutions for maximum user appeal. Submissions can include buildings, products or services which are already in everyday use.

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