SEAI calls on organisations to build on €1billion energy savings

Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 Open For Entrants to Highlight Energy Saving Achievements

Businesses, public bodies and communities urged to join the sustainable energy transition

Media Release

12 April 2016
- The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today called on organisations to build on the €1billion in energy savings that have already been achieved by entrants to the Sustainable Energy Awards in the last 13 years. Launching the Awards today with new title sponsor Enprova in Dublin, SEAI urged organisations, businesses or communities who have achieved energy savings through efficiency or renewable energy to enter the Sustainable Energy Awards.

The Awards 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.

William Walsh, Interim Chief Executive, SEAI, said: "Sustainable energy is no longer a niche topic with businesses and public bodies already to the fore in a national movement towards clean energy and energy savings. The Sustainable Energy Awards reward these great achievements and highlight the extent to which energy efficiency makes economic sense. There is lots of great work being done in businesses and communities right across Ireland, and I'd encourage people to enter the Awards and get recognised for their efforts."

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Pictured launching the Sustainable Energy Awards 2016 are Majella Kelleher, SEAI with Paddy Sweeney of  Enprova, this year’s new title sponsor of the Awards.

James Twohig, on behalf of Awards title sponsor Enprova said: "Each of us has a personal and a corporate responsibility to maintain our focus on energy efficiency in light of energy costs, security of supply issues and an ever increasing awareness of environmental responsibility. Enprova would like to encourage suitable businesses in Ireland to involve themselves with this Awards programme and we commend and congratulate those businesses currently involved for the work that they have undertaken to date."

Last year, EPS Group took the Leadership Award, having co-ordinated several community outreach projects around the country. Its efforts saw 81 community and voluntary groups including addiction centres, sheltered housing, sports clubs and schools benefit from almost €2million in funding for energy saving projects. OpenHydro won the Innovation Award for its development of an open centre tidal turbine with such a clever design that the 40 meter device can be fully deployed at sea in less than six hours. Foxrock Golf Club took the Small Business Award last year after implementing an energy plan which involved heating and insulation upgrades and improving energy awareness among staff, players and visitors.

Commenting on the impact of the win, Rachel Widdis Cambay from Foxrock Golf Club said: "We were delighted to win a Sustainable Energy Award last year. Given that we had only recently embarked on our sustainable energy journey, it recognised the efforts of the staff in improving the energy efficiency of the club. It has given us the momentum to continue and further improve the energy performance of our business and deliver more cost savings while also greening our business."

Further information on the 2016 Sustainable Energy Awards can be found on SEAI's website

Closing date for entries is Friday 20th May 2016.

Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2016.



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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