View some of our CPD accredited seminars that took place at the SEAI Energy Show 2019. Plus you can browse the agenda from our leading industry experts at the Energy Theatre where they discussed the most current topics in the energy sector.

Overview of talks and seminars

The Energy Theatre

The Energy Theatre talks tackle the headline items in the energy sector today. It has a jam packed schedule of 45 minute drop-in sessions with no need to book! Please check out our full schedule of what happened at the 2019 show below.

Seminars with CPD Accreditation

For longer and more detailed seminars with CPD accreditation, check out our schedule of key seminars below.

Seminars with CPD Accreditation

Open to all visitors

Our seminars took place in meeting rooms surrounding the main exhibition area. We also had CPD Accreditation for our key seminars in 2019 thanks to RIAI and Engineers Ireland. Check out the full schedule below of the seminars that were delivered.

Refundable deposit: Please note that there was a €50 refundable deposit for these seminars, and the refund was processed upon entry to the event.

Energy Theatre Schedule

Wednesday 27th March

TimeEnergy Topic
11:00 – 11:45

Renewable Energy in Ireland


SEAIs statistics team presented the most up to date information on renewable energy in Ireland, on our progress towards our 2020 EU targets, and how we compare to other EU countries.

This presentation was for a general audience; it suited anyone with an interest in Ireland’s transition to sustainable energy.

Dr Denis Dineen, Programme Executive, SEAI

12:00 – 12:45

Research Funding for Businesses


This session presented an overview of SEAI’s Research and Innovation activities, in particular the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme, as well as the recently launched SEAI National Energy Research Database.

It showcased a number of innovative R&D projects that have previously received funding support via the programme. This session was aimed at anyone interested in progressing energy research and technology innovation with grant funding, including R&D managers and energy researchers/academics.

Dr Lucy Corcoran, SEAI Research, Development & Demonstration Programme. Lucy will be joined by speakers from organisations who have previously benefitted from SEAI RD&D funding, including:
David Noronha, Innovation Manager, SSE Airtricity.
Ruth Kerrigan, Director & Head of R&D Division, IES.

Small, Medium & Large Companies; Semi-State & Public Bodies; Local Authorities; Universities; Institutes of Technology and Research Institutions.

13:00 – 13:45 Product of the Show Winner Presentation

The successful winners of the Product of the Show competition were announced. (Attendees could also visit the Product of Show display area to see the finalists' products)

Consultants, specifiers or anyone interested in knowing the leading sustainable energy innovations on the Irish market

14:00 – 14:45

Energy Efficiency for every business – how SEAI can support you.


A brief introduction to the supports offered by SEAI, particularly to the SME Sector: including an outline of the current and upcoming business supports offered by SEAI, which range from workshops, advisory supports and training to financial supports, and what can be found on the SEAI website. Outline of the plans for future business engagement. A case study showing cost savings following the implementation of an energy efficiency project by a small business.

Andrea Carroll, Programme Manager, SME Programme, SEAI

Small & medium sized businesses owners and employees

15:00 – 15:45

What drives people to retrofit their homes? The SEAI Behavioural Economics Team reveal their findings


What makes some households more likely than others to retrofit their home? How do people make decisions about the choice to invest in retrofitting? What number of people actively want to retrofit? Using insights from recent SEAI surveys and experiments, we answered these questions using tools from economics and psychology.

Utilities, manufacturers/installers of energy efficiency upgrade products

Karl Purcell, Behavioural Economics Unit

16:00 - 16:45 Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event

The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is a cross-sectoral collaborative network designed to accelerate growth of the Ocean Energy sector and its supply chains across the partner regions of Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany.

This event began with an opening address by Declan Meally on the aims of OPIN and the partners involved in the project. It was followed by a 30-minute discussion panel on the effectiveness of the OPIN pilot, the benefits of network membership and the supports available to network members, such as workshops, masterclasses and technology benchmarking assessments.


Ocean Energy SMEs, Cross-sectoral SMEs (e.g. ICT, finance, manufacturing/fabrication, offshore operations and maintenance), Government departments and support agencies, Ocean Energy Researchers.


  • Declan Meally (SEAI)
  • Colm de Burca (ESB)
  • Peter Coyle (MRIA)
  • Liam Curran (Enterprise Ireland)
  • Karen Fraser (SE)
  • Sam McCloskey (Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy)


17:00 - 17:45 Renewable Gas for Business, Opportunities and Challenges

The Renewable Gas Forum Ireland is an industry forum that represents the full supply chain of renewable gas in Ireland. We seek to influence legislation and policy to develop an indigenous renewable gas industry, providing security of supply, putting consumers first and clean energy for all Irish citizens in line with EU policy of Clean Energy for all Europeans.

Renewable Natural Gas is a direct replacement for fossil gas, least disruptive and low cost solution to decarbonising heat and maintain highest levels of efficiencies. In conjunction with key industry stakeholders, the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) design phase was awarded to Dena and DBFZ a German consortium of biogas/Biomethane and sustainability experts who have designed other biogas registries across Europe. The IERC/UCC project managed the GGCS design phase which was completed in April 2018, currently the GGCS moving to Implementation phase in line with the first RNG injection into the national grid at Cush, Co. Kildare.




Industrial consumers of gas, manufacturing and processing sector in Agri-food, beverages, Biopharma, medical, biomedical, Utilities, public bodies, state agencies and policy decision makers.



  • PJ McCarthy, Chair, Renewable Gas Forum Ireland. – Future and Opportunities for Renewable Natural Gas in Ireland
  • Ian Ryan, Utilities Manager, Wyeth Nutritional Ireland – Renewable Gas in Industry
  • Ian Kilgallon, Business and Innovation Manager, GNI – Green gas Certification Scheme

Thursday 28th March

TimeEnergy Topic
10:00 – 10:45
An update on Electric Vehicles in Ireland – technology, charging and fleet

This briefing covered the development of new Fast Charging Infrastructure, with speakers from Audi and VW on their commitment to and outlook on Electric Vehicles, and upcoming products

Graham Brennan, EV Programme SEAI

Public interested in Electric Vehicles

11:00 – 11:45 SEAI Grants and Supports for Businesses

This session was of interest to all businesses and public bodies looking to get an overview of where SEAI can support them to reduce their energy demand, and how they can access various grant schemes.

Louise Campion, SEAI

All business, both public and private sectors, who are considering taking steps to improve their energy efficiency.

12:00 – 12:45

Energy Trends in Ireland


This briefing examined the trends and underlying drivers in energy use, including a sectoral review. This session also looked at progress towards Government and EU renewable energy targets. The presentation's focus was on 2017 and trends since 2005.

Martin Howley, Programme Manager, SEAI

Energy professionals, Energy service providers, academics, students, policy-makers, general members of the public



13:00 – 13:45

Energy Audit Scheme, SI426 implementation and amendments to legislation


This briefing provided large businesses, who meet the compliance threshold, with an overview of how SEAI will approach the next phase of the scheme in terms or compliance monitoring and implementing a Quality Assurance (QA) process.

EU Legislation (Energy Efficiency Directive) mandated that large enterprises should have completed an energy audit of their operations by 5th December 2015 and every four years thereafter. The directive was transposed into Irish law in 2014 by SI 426.

If your organisation has 250 or more employees or an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m, then this requirement applies to you.

New guidance for companies and auditors will be available at the show. The session allowed for discussion on this topic as SEAI takes a stronger line on compliance. Martina Berg from the Swedish Energy Agency presented on the Swedish experience to date on transposition, compliance, and outcomes in Sweden.


  • Ivan Sproule, Programme Manager, Large Business, SEAI
  • Jeff Power, Programme Executive, Large Business, SEAI
  • Martina Berg, Programme Manager, Resource Efficient Industry, Swedish Energy Agency

Large business, commercial public sector enterprises, large public sector, and registered energy auditors

14:00 – 14:45

Key Learnings from SEAI’s Heat Pump Support Programme


This briefing provided an update on SEAI’s Heat Pump Support Programme including learnings to date and potential growth for the future.

Emer Burton, Programme Manager, SEAI 

Energy Professionals, Installers of Energy Upgrades, Architects, Contractors, BER Assessors, Technical Advisors.