Training courses

To support the adoption of the LARES methodology, SEAI has developed six training courses on key aspects of its practical implementation. The following LARES training courses have been registered with the Irish Planning Institute and Engineers Ireland for delivery as CPD training to their members:

  1. Renewable Energy Policy, Resources and Conversion Technologies

    This course provides an overview of EU and national renewable energy policy and targets, the primary renewable energy resources and conversion technologies and the methods for carrying out a wide area resource assessment to support a renewable energy strategy. Two cases studies for a biomass and a sub-regional wind energy strategy are presented.

  2. Renewable Energy Utilisation in an Urban Environment

    This course provides insights into the renewable energy resources and conversion technologies that are relevant in the urban context, the spatial planning and infrastructure considerations that facilitate their adoption and presents a number of case studies on key urban renewable energy technologies. An outline process for preparing an urban renewable energy strategy is presented.

  3. Environmental Considerations for Renewable Energy Strategies

    This course provides an overview of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) processes as they apply to the preparation of renewable energy strategies. The course provides delegates with an understanding of the role of SEA and its outputs in developing a LARES and of the legislative context of SEA and its integration alongside AA within the LARES methodology. The course will provide practical insights of implementing SEA and AA within the process of developing a LARES and give examples from relevant case studies.

  4. Planning and Implementing Community Engagement for Renewable Energy Strategies

    This course outlines a participatory approach to renewable energy strategy development, highlighting the benefits of the participatory process and the techniques employed in its implementation. The course will inform delegates on the steps involved in preparing a consultation or participation plan for a renewable energy strategy.

  5. Energy Mapping for Spatial Energy Demand Analysis

    This course covers advanced energy demand mapping techniques developed in the course of the SEAI-funded SDCC project detailed above. The course content includes the purpose of Spatial Energy Demand Mapping, examples of existing mapping, a step by step guide to creating energy demand map, the required data sources and tools, mapping of residential, commercial and municipality sector energy demand, overlapping other data and how the maps are used in planning.

  6. Achieving Low Carbon Development through the Planning Process

    This course provides insight of the interaction of building regulations with wide area plans such as County Development Plans, Local Area Plans and Strategic Development Zones. It will provide an understanding of the legislative background and emphasise the relationship between renewable energy considerations and thermal envelope design and the relevance of built form and orientation. It will also provide a grounding in existing and emerging building energy standards that may impact on the built form.

The above suite of courses is aimed at

  • planners
  • local and regional authority staff
  • consultants and other
  • professionals who may engage with producing local and regional authority renewable energy strategies

The courses will inform participants of the key processes in developing a renewable energy strategy and the supporting consultation process and environmental assessments. SEAI has registered  these courses as Irish Planning Institute and Engineers Ireland CPD training and is delivering the courses throughout 2016 at Engineers Ireland and local authority premises.

 

UPCOMING COURSE DATES

Course Name

Date

Trainer

Location

Registration

Renewable Energy Policy, Resources and Conversion TechnologiesOct 13thBrian McIntyreLeitrim Council Chambers, Carrick-on-ShannonClosed
Planning and Implementing Community Engagement for Renewable Energy StrategiesOct 19thCiaran LynchMohill Enterprise CentreClick here to register
Energy Mapping for Spatial Energy Demand AnalysisOct 26thDonna GartlandLeitrim Council Chambers, Carrick-on-ShannonClick here to register
Renewable Energy Utilisation in an Urban EnvironmentNov 10thXavier DubuissonRoscommon County Council OfficesClick here to register
Achieving Low Carbon Development through the Planning ProcessNov 17thPaul O’ReillyRoscommon County Council OfficesClick here to register
Environmental Considerations for Renewable Energy DevelopmentsNov 23rd

Emma Oliveira &

Eamonn Delaney

Cavan County Council OfficesClick here to register

 

The 2016 training courses hosted at Engineers Ireland have now been completed. Details of any further courses at Engineers Ireland may be accessed HERE

 
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