Browse the expert talks and seminars that took place at this year's SEAI Energy Show


Every year at the Energy Show we offer attendees the opportunity to attend seminars led by industry experts. Covering a range of current energy topics, each seminar can last between one to two hours and are CPD Accredited by RIAI and Engineer's Ireland.

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Wednesday 20th March

The talk provided a comprehensive overview of current developments and successful implementations in renewable heat, electrification, and industrial decarbonization, featuring real-world examples from large inustry organisations who are leading the way in decarbonisation.

Industry Pathways to Net Zero Presentation

This session highlighted to Irish SMEs that there is National and EU funding available to them and demonstrated how to access these opportunities. SMEs are the engine of the European economy, they drive job creation, economic growth and ensure social stability. We outlined the opportunities that are available to SMEs and some of the impacts that funding can have on Irish SMEs.

EU Funding for SMEs presentation

The purpose of this event was to connect potential employees (new build tradespeople, apprentices in training, BER assessors, and business managers with contractors in the domestic retrofit sector.

This included an initial presentation outlining:

  1. Demand and opportunities in the sector
  2. Educational and upskilling opportunities
  3. Personal stories from retrofit professionals

This was then followed by a networking opportunity for those interested to meet and talk individually to contractors/installers who are seeking to recruit staff.

Careers in Energy Retrofit presentation

A number of commercial products have emerged to support scaling in the retrofit market. This session provided an overview of recent innovations and was followed by presentations from a number of commercial platforms that leverage the wealth of data contained in the BER domestic database. Finally, SEAI outlined how BER data access may be provided to interested commercial parties through the NAS Trusted Partner API.

Digital Innovations Presentation

Thursday 21st March

The purpose of this short workshop was to bring prospective One Stop Shops through the two-stage registration process with tips on how to apply along with any common challenges.

Guest speakers from three registered One Stop Shops (Energywise Ireland, House 2 Home Retrofit, and Kingdom Installation) discussed their experiences through the registration process and how it has helped them prepare for their first year as a One Stop Shop.

One Stop Shop Presentation

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage recently released their long anticipated Guidance for Improving Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings. In this session they provided an update to industry on progress with this guidance and on the SEAI funded FabTrads research project.

Traditional Buildings Presentation

In this seminar the Public Sector team outlined the pipeline of projects to the key stakeholders in the supply chain, that can help them halve their sectorial emissions by 2030 as required by Ireland’s Climate Action Plan.

Leadership was shown by the Public Sector by outlining the work done to date, achievements, while also detailing all the upcoming and future projects that will take place up to 2030. Pathfinders will help these groups make the important connections, while outlining the supports available under the scheme.

Public Sector Retrofitting Presentation

This session raised awareness on the importance of ventilation as a concept but also in importance of proper design/installation and communication/handover.

Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality Presentation

The purpose of this event was to connect potential employees (new build tradespeople, apprentices in training, BER assessors, business managers etc) with contractors in the domestic retrofit sector.

This included an initial presentation outlining:

  1. Demand and opportunities in the sector
  2. Educational and upskilling opportunities
  3. Personal stories from retrofit professionals


Careers in Energy Retrofit Thurs Presentation

Energy Theatre Talks

The Energy Theatre at the SEAI Energy Show is an open plan stage on the main exhibition floor. All sessions lasted between 45mins and 1 hour.

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Wednesday 20th March

This briefing provided an update on the upcoming Home Energy Upgrade Loan Scheme and other financing models available for home upgrades in the market.


Low Cost Finance Presentation

The overall winner was announced and there will be a panel discussion with the four regional winners. The awards recognise excellence in dealerships in the promotion and encouragement of EV uptake. 

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The winners of the 2024 Product of the Show were presented with their awards.

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Briefing on the current business supports available to SMEs. This briefing covered the educational and financial supports available to SMEs on their energy efficiency journey. It included an overview of the Energy Academy, Energy Management Training, Support Scheme for Energy Audits and financial supports such as the Non-domestic Microgeneration Scheme, EV supports and the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat.

Business Grants Briefing Presentation

This energy theatre session introduced the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) to businesses and public sector bodies. The session covered how the EEOS scheme operates, explained who the Obligated Parties (OPs) are, what supports OPs can offer, and showed examples of supports they have already offered to Irish businesses and public sector organisations as part of the scheme and the eligibility criteria to be met. Two guest speakers joining the session- the first was a a testimonial from an Irish business/public sector organisation who has carried out a project with support from an OP and the second was a contribution from an OP representative, providing further information on supports available and the overall process structure.

EEOS Presentation

The session highlighted the role of the Market Surveillance Authority within SEAI and how a level playing field is maintained for Economic Operators in respect of EU Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and Tyre Labelling Regulation through compliance monitoring, verification, and promotion. Ecodesign and Energy Labelling will account for significant energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions across the European Union by 2030. It is estimated that 1533-Terawatt Hour of energy and 160 Million Tonnes of CO2 equivalent will be saved annually by 2030. The list of products that fall under the MSA’s remit include many building service products and industrial products. All products covered use significant amounts of energy in an EU context.

Practical steps were outlined for importers/distributors to ensure that they are in compliance with Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation and what the compliance process looks like in practical terms. The benefits of registering products on the Triple E register and procuring from it was also highlighted.

Market Surveillance Presentation

Thursday 21st March

This session outlined how Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) can help organisations across the public and private sectors deliver guaranteed energy savings and achieve their decarbonisation targets. There was an introduction to EPCs and an overview of how the contractual arrangement between the beneficiary and the provider of the energy efficient improvement measure works in practical terms. The different contract types involved and how they differ from traditional works contracts and their benefits in relation to energy upgrade projects. The key steps involved in project implementation and delivery, such as project financing, procurement and risk management was also highlighted. The Energy Contracting Support Scheme, which provides funding supports for organisation in need of external expertise to assist with project delivery was outlined. These included EPC Facilitator training for Energy Auditors wishing to be included on SEAI’s upcoming register of EPC facilitators and clients wanting to familiarise themselves further with the EPC  process.

Energy Performance Contracting Presentation

The findings to date of the ZEVI EV Commercial Fleet Trial was presented.

An understandable ‘farm to fork’ description of Ireland’s national energy system, covering where our energy comes from (imports, own-production, etc.) and where it goes (transport, residential sector, industry activity, etc.). This presentation covered the past, present, and future trends in Ireland’s energy, by blending measured statistics with modelled projections. We showed how Ireland is performing against national emission targets, European renewable energy share targets, and highlight what technologies and policies are helping us towards emission reductions.

Ireland’s latest Energy Statistics and Target Progress Presentation

The winners of the 2024 Product of the Show presented on their winning products.

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This session was an opportunity for businesses to book in sessions with SEAI staff to discuss the supports available to SMEs on their energy efficiency journey.

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The session focused on the anticipated launch of the non-domestic retrofit scheme, ideally timed before or during the Energy show. The briefing offered insights into the retrofit support options for businesses and public sector entities. It aimed to deliver comprehensive information through background analysis, showcasing case studies, and highlighting examples of businesses that exemplify best practices in retrofitting.

Commercial Retrofit Presentation

This presentation provided the latest insights into conversions from fossil fuel heating to heat pumps in Irish homes and described the ongoing trial with heat pumps in high-HLI homes. Heat pumps play a key role in Ireland’s strategy to decarbonise residential heating. In this session we presented recent behavioural insights into the drivers behind, and barriers to, the uptake of heat pumps, give an assessment of the current state of heat pumps installed in the Irish dwelling stock, and described an ongoing pilot project to explore broadening SEAI’s heat pump grant support to more homes.

Heat Pumps in Irish Homes Presentation

Women in Energy Event

Wednesday 20th March

This year's Women in Energy theme is 'Creative Communication in driving Climate Action – Perspective from female leaders'
We heard about the challenges and opportunities that needed to be explored in engaging people with climate action. We were joined from female leaders across the energy and climate action areas to discuss the importance of this, and their own experiences in leading and supporting creative climate communication efforts. We also heard about their career journeys, and how mentors have supported them on those journeys.

Women in Energy Presentation

The Women in Energy event is kindly sponsored by Fingleton White.

Women in Energy Speakers

Marguerite Sayers

Chief Executive Officer, ESB

Marguerite Sayers was appointed Executive Director, Customer Solutions at ESB in May 2018. Prior to this she held the role of Managing Director ESB Networks Ltd. An electrical engineer by profession, she has worked in various technical and managerial positions in ESB including Customer Service Manager and Head of Asset Management in ESB Networks. She was also Generation Manager in Generation and Wholesale Markets. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork (UCC), a diploma in Accounting and Finance from University of Limerick and a diploma in Project Management from UCC.

Donna Gartland

CEO Codema

Donna Gartland is CEO at Codema — Dublin's Energy Agency, a not-for-profit public good company established in 1997. She is responsible for driving Codema's mission to accelerate Dublin’s low-carbon transition through innovative, local-level energy and climate mitigation research, planning, engagement and project delivery, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the lives of the people of Dublin. Donna has been driving the development of District Heating in Ireland for the past 10 years, and is a Director at the Irish District Energy Association and at HeatWorks - Ireland's first not-for-profit energy utility. She sits on the board of Renewable Energy Ireland, and is appointed to DECC's District Heating Steering Group.

Since taking on the CEO role in Codema, she has introduced innovations in the workplace such as a 4 day week and an equal paid family leave policy for all staff.

Donna holds a BSc in Energy & Enviromental Engineering, MSc in Energy Systems Planning & Management, and an Advanced Craft Certificate in electrical trade.

Justina Corcoran

SEAI Board & Head of Retail Energy Policy and Regulation at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Justina Corcoran (appointed to the SEAI Board 7 May 2020) currently holds the position of Head of Retail Energy Policy and Regulation at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. She has over 25 years’ professional experience, in the public sector, across a broad and varied number of Departments. As the former Head of Internal Audit in the Department she understands and is passionate about promoting and ensuring that a strong and effective system of Governance and Internal Control exists and flourishes within an Organisation. In recent years, Justina completed the ACCA Professional Accounting qualification achieving 1st place in Ireland (2nd worldwide) on the Governance Risk and Ethics professional level paper and 1st Place in Ireland (8th Place Worldwide) on the Advanced Corporate Reporting Professional level paper. She has also held leadership roles in relation to National Projects such as Climate Adaptations, Sustainable Development Goals, and the National Postcodes System (“Eircodes”).

Tania Banotti

Director of the Creative Ireland Programme

Tania Banotti is the Director of the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-government programme with the ambition of putting creativity at the centre of public policy. The programme’s work covers:

•         Creative Youth
•         Creative Communities
•         Creative Industries
•         Creative Health and Wellbeing
•         Creative Climate Action and Sustainability

Under the Creative Climate Action fund, €5.8 million of funding has been committed to community climate action projects using the talents of artists and the wider creative community.

Before becoming a public servant she had a long career leading different creative organisations including Screen Producers Ireland, Theatre Forum, the National Campaign for the Arts and the Institute of Advertising Practitioners. 

Best Practice Demo Arena

Don't miss this opportunity to see industry experts demonstrate best practice in building retrofit, NZEB, sustainability, regulation compliance, and contracting excellence.

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