SEAI Public Sector Energy Programme Shortlisted for prestigious EU Award
Release 13th May, 2016:
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's (SEAI) Public Sector Energy Programme has been shortlisted for this year's prestigious EU Sustainable Energy Awards. The programme is one of only nine shortlisted from over 200 nominations Europe-wide, with the winners to be announced at a gala event in Brussels on June 14th.
SEAI's Public Sector Programme comprises an integrated suite of activities and supports designed to guide the public sector towards achievement of its 33% energy efficiency by 2020 target. Through the programme, Ireland's public sector made €121 million savings and avoided 418,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2014.
The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. Nominees are chosen from a shortlist of the year's most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy.
Speaking of the announcement, Majella Kelleher, SEAI Head of Energy Demand Management said "We are delighted at the recognition from our international peers for the sterling efforts of our colleagues and partners across the public sector, for whom the public acclaim is hard earned and well deserved".
Kelleher added: "The benefits of the Public Sector Programme are significant. Ireland gets significantly reduced energy expenditure meaning potentially more money for public services and all the time contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy. Remember, the only way forward for the whole country at this stage is to move away from fossil fuels through greater energy efficiency and utilising our abundant renewable energy resources."
An expert jury will decide the winner in each of the three categories: Businesses, Public Sector, Consumers. Ireland's entry is up against a Green Construction Initiative in Cyprus and an exemplar sustainable energy town in Croatia.
The public can also have their say by casting their vote for the 2016 Citizens' Award at http://eusew.eu/awards-public-vote
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NOTES TO EDITOR
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.
SEAI's Public Sector Programme has four main pillars:
- Energy Partnerships which engages the top level of public sector organisations to secure their commitment to strategic and structured energy management - its 78 partners represent over three quarters of public sector energy consumption.
- Networking and best practice supports allow public bodies to access knowledge, training, energy assessments, specialist advice, all with the objective of assisting them to integrate the principles of energy management into all their activities up to and including energy-efficient design of major energy-intensive capital projects.
- Delivery of energy projects on the ground is a critical element of meeting the Public Sector target. The third programme pillar supports this objective by providing standardised templates, guides, contracts, funding for specialists, all under the National Energy Services Framework developed by SEAI, to make the process of delivering energy projects a little easier.
- The Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) system is an online reporting portal for over 325 public bodies and 4,000 schools, to facilitate tracking of progress annually toward the 33 % energy efficiency target. In 2015, over 87 % of public bodies reported and the public sector as a whole reported being approximately half way to the 2020 target.