The eight categories for 2017 cover a wide range of areas and activities that reflect SEAI's key focus areas.
What we are seeking from entries
Winning entries will go well beyond the norms of sustainable energy best practice, excelling in some or all of these areas:
- Achieving multiple tangible benefits
- Achieving significant energy demand reduction or clean energy deployment
- Robust implementation approach
- High levels of innovation
- Strong potential for replication
1. Large Business Energy Management - Sponsored by ESB
Aimed at organisations with an energy spend over €0.5 million that have embraced structured energy management and have taken steps to incorporate it into the day-to-day running of their business. Entrants should demonstrate successful motivation of decision makers and energy users to support effective energy efficiency initiatives.
2. Large Business Energy Project - Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland
Aimed at organisations with an energy spend over €0.5 million that have gone beyond best practice in new or upgrade technology deployments or management solutions. Projects in transport and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.
3. Small Business
Aimed at small to medium industrial / commercial businesses with an energy spend under €0.5 million that go beyond best practice in new or upgrade technology deployments or energy management solutions. Projects demonstrating low-energy buildings and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.
4. Public Sector - Sponsored by Enprova
Aimed at public sector organisations that go beyond best practice in new or upgrade technology deployments or energy management solutions. Equally public bodies that have embraced structured energy management and have taken steps to incorporate it into the day-to-day running of their business are also encouraged. Projects demonstrating low energy buildings and effective use of renewable technologies are also eligible.
Aimed at public, private and voluntary organisations engaged in sustainable energy initiatives at a local level. This award recognises partnerships, groups and organisations delivering energy savings and socio-economic benefits in their community. Projects or programmes might include energy efficiency retrofit, renewable energy upgrades or behavioural change initiatives.
6. Energy in Design (including buildings)
Aimed at the design community who embrace the pursuit of sustainable energy in a user-centred design solution. Projects should demonstrate how the design explicitly achieves greater sustainability in our energy system, or inspires the user / occupant to be more sustainable in their energy use, or both. Entrants might include architects with innovative buildings, industrial engineers with clever products, or anyone who can stimulate our energy transition through inspiring and beautiful design. Design projects must be real and tangible and not simply a prototype. If a service, it must be available.
7. Research - €10,000 Bursary Prize
Aimed at organisations, individuals, academia, start-ups and inventors who have researched the potential for future energy demand reduction, enhanced renewable energy use or innovative energy management practices. Entrants will detail the problem researched, the research and development outcome and the potential impact. Projects might include the development of new systems, services, products or approaches that are likely to reduce future fossil fuel use. In support of furthering the research work of the winning entry, SEAI is offering the winner a €10,000 bursary prize.
8. Energy Team/Manager of the Year
Aimed at individuals, teams or organisations, across the public, private and voluntary sectors, who have demonstrated leadership and ambition in implementing energy management. Celebrating outstanding and continued success, entrants should have delivered significant energy achievements for their organisations over a prolonged period. Among the criteria are the degree influence and replication potential beyond their organisational boundaries.