The nine categories for 2021 cover a wide range of areas and activities that reflect SEAI's key focus areas. Applications will open on Thursday 29th April.

The categories for 2021 cover a wide range of areas and activities that reflect SEAI's key focus areas. The Awards continuously showcase the organisations, communities and individuals who are leading in smart energy solutions and practices.

Large Business - Exemplary Energy Management

This award is aimed at organisations with an energy spend of over €0.5 million that have demonstrated achievements in energy efficiency and decarbonisation over a number of years. Entrants should outline what energy savings have been made against their long term ambition, and any innovations in their actions, projects or engagement that have improved energy performance.

 
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Small and Medium sized Business - Exemplary Energy Performance

This award is aimed small and medium businesses, with an energy spend from €1 to €1 million and employee numbers from 1 to 250, that go beyond best practice in in energy efficiency, energy management solutions or renewable technology deployments. Entrants should outline what energy savings have been made to date against their long term ambition.

 
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Leadership in the Public Sector

This Award is aimed at public sector organisations that have demonstrated leadership in energy efficiency and decarbonisation over a number of years. Entrants should outline what energy savings have been made against their long term ambition, and outline any innovations in their actions, projects or engagement that have improved energy performance.

 
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Inspirational Energy Community

This award is for members of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Communities Network. It will recognise the inspirational efforts of teams leading a sustainable energy community that go beyond the norm through a combination of ambition, passion and commitment.

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Energy in Buildings

This award celebrates sustainable and low carbon buildings that have demonstrated best practice in design, construction or operation. Applications are welcome from new build or substantial retrofit projects, in residential or commercial settings. Projects must be complete and buildings occupied.

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Innovative Deployment of Renewable Energy

This award recognises organisations that have demonstrated a high level of innovation in the deployment and/or operation of a functioning renewable energy project. Projects may be in renewable heat, electricity or transport, and may include projects for self-supply to a discrete facility.

 
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Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation

This award is aimed at organisations that have researched and developed innovative energy-related technologies, processes or systems, which will contribute significantly to Ireland’s clean energy transition. This winner will receive a €10,000 bursary.

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Energy Team/Manager of the Year

This award celebrates individuals or teams in the public, private or voluntary sectors, who have demonstrated long-term leadership and ambition in implementing energy management and delivering significant benefits for their organisation.

 
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Emerging Sustainable Energy Champion

Our “Emerging Sustainable Energy Champion” award was introduced in 2019 to recognise the outstanding work that many young people do to further the cause of sustainable energy as a key pillar of climate action. This year we have added this award to our category list and you can now apply rather than be nominated. Applicants must be in fulltime education (primary, post-primary or 3rd level excluding mature students) or of school / college going age.

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