• Louise Ryan

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 SEAI Energy Awards. Each year these awards recognise outstanding energy achievements by businesses, communities and public bodies across Ireland.

Here at SEAI we regularly meet with individuals, businesses and organisations who are making incredible strides towards reducing their energy use.

We are fortunate to witness businesses and individuals around the country who are committed to becoming more energy efficient and to protecting our environment for the future. We see communities working tirelessly to get people excited and engaged about their energy use, small family-run businesses completing lighting upgrades and large enterprises deftly tackling impressive energy projects. There is a huge appetite for sustainable energy in Ireland, one which is growing all the time.

About the Awards

For over fifteen years, the SEAI Energy Awards have worked to recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. If you’re involved with a business, public body or community and are working towards a cleaner energy future for Ireland, we want you to apply.

Entries can include any combination of electricity, heat or transport initiatives. There are nine categories to choose from:

  • Large Business Energy Management - Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland
  • Large Business Energy Project - Sponsored by Enprova
  • Small Business
  • Public Sector
  • Community
  • Buildings
  • Research - €10,000 Bursary Prize
  • Energy Team/Manager of the Year
  • Renewable Energy

For the second year, there will be a bursary of €10,000 for the winner of the Research category, to further their research activity. In 2017, Exergyn were the winners of this category.  Their research is based on developing an engine to convert hot water to power. It is expected to be the only zero emission generator that can deliver reliable low-cost power whenever it is needed and could solve many of the world’s energy problems.

New Renewable Energy Award

New to the 2018 Awards programme is the Renewable Energy Award which recognises significant achievement in the deployment of renewable energy at scale in Ireland. Entrants should have exemplar projects which embrace all forms of innovation across industrial, commercial, residential or community. Among the criteria are the potential for your project to be replicated, how influential the project is and where relevant, the mix of renewable technologies deployed.

2017 Energy Awards

Last year, entrants to the Awards demonstrated savings of €27 million through innovative sustainable energy projects.

The top prize for Energy Team of the Year went to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) who implemented an organisation-wide approach to saving energy, with staff and students working together. The Institute surpassed its 33% energy efficiency target and is saving an impressive €300,000 per year on energy bills.

Speaking on the impact of their Energy Team Award win, Elaine Greenan, Estates Manager from WIT said:

“Winning the SEAI Energy Award in 2017 has raised our profile as a leading organisation in reducing energy-use. We are delighted that the commitment from both staff and students, who have worked hard over a number of years to make our campus a better place to work and study, has been recognised. Receiving the award provided us with media exposure. It has enhanced our brand, made us more competitive and students are attracted to our green campus.”

Dairygold took home the Large Business Energy Management Award for completing seven significant energy management projects and delivering annual savings of €300,000. The National Ambulance Service won the Public Sector Award for reducing fuel use and emissions from a combination of driver behaviour change, an eco-anti-idle system and built-in solar chargers.

2018 sponsors

This year the Awards have two category sponsors: Gas Networks Ireland (Large Business – Energy Management) and Enprova (Large Business – Energy Project).

For further information on the Awards and details on how to enter the 2018 SEAI Energy Awards visit www.seai.ie/energyawards. The closing date for entries is Friday 8th June 2018. The winners will be announced at a gala event on the 25th of October 2018.

Watch the highlights from the 2017 SEAI Energy Awards