The Sustainable Energy Awards were set up 16 years ago to showcase excellence in sustainable energy. They continue to highlight energy innovation across Ireland today.

Open to organisations across Ireland

The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Covering eight categories in 2019, the competition is open to organisations in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applications will open early May and will remain open until early June. We encourage all interested applicants to look at our finalists and winners from 2018 to get an idea of the types of projects that are leading in each category.

Why enter the SEAI Awards?

Awards entrants can use the event to showcase their sustainable energy achievements. As a result they can win recognition for their ambitious smart energy solutions and practices.

Award categories

The eight categories for 2019 cover a wide range of areas and activities. They recognise the diverse areas where energy innovation is being undertaken in Ireland. From large business to communities, they reflect SEAI's key focus areas.

Shortlisting and judging process

The awards are assessed by a distinguished, independent panel of expert judges. Winning entries go well beyond the norms of sustainable energy best practice. They demonstrate high levels of innovation and strong potential for replication. They also have achieved significant energy demand reduction or clean energy deployment.

An expert shortlisting panel will select finalists in each category based on the completed entry forms. All applicants will be notified of the shortlisting outcome. An expert stakeholder judging panel will choose outright winners from these shortlists. This process may include requests for further information by the judging panel.

The organisers reserve the right to not confer an award in a particular category where there is an insufficient number of, or low quality, entries in that category.

Awards ceremony

Successful finalists are invited to a business lunch event in Dublin where winners are announced and presented with their award. This year it will take place on the 16th October in the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin city centre. Please note, the business lunch is an invite only event. There are no ticket sales.

Terms and conditions

  • Completed online entry forms must be submitted no later than 5pm Friday 14th June 2019.
  • SEAI can only accept applications made via the online application system.
  • Entries will be accepted from any energy user / supplier including individuals, community groups, large business, small business, researchers and innovators in Ireland south and north.
  • Multiple entries across several categories will be accepted.
  • Once you submit your entry, you will be issued with a unique reference number.  Please use this unique reference number in any further correspondence with the SEAI Energy Awards team.
  • Approval for publicity is implied by taking part in the SEAI Energy Awards.  This includes descriptions of projects provided in the application form with the exception of sensitive commercial or energy use / savings data which must be clearly identified as sensitive. At a minimum SEAI will request to use percentage savings to articulate the achievements of the project/activities. SEAI may also contact shortlisted entrants to participate in media interviews or photography opportunities around the time of the awards ceremony in October.
  • Specific energy use data will be used for internal statistical analysis. Aggregated and anonymised data, outcomes and impacts, collated from applications may be publicised.
  • The judging panel’s decision will be final in all matters relating to this competition. Feedback will not be given until after the judging process has been completed.
  • The organisers reserve the right to not confer an award in a particular category should there be an insufficient number or low quality of entries in that category.
  • The organisers reserve the right to withhold the research bursary prize should the proposed expenditure identified for the prize not be in keeping with the research undertaken or the spirit of the Awards.