Are you part of a public sector organisation that has demonstrated achievements in energy efficiency and decarbonisation? Apply for the Public Sector - Energy Leadership category in this year’s Energy Awards.

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About the Award

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.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from all public sector organisations.

Previous project finalists under this category include:

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway is home to 18,000 students and is certified ISO 50001, an international energy management standard that recognises the University’s efforts to use energy more efficiently and to continuously improve energy performance. NUI Galway is one of the first Universities to exceed the 33% 2020 target and are currently at 36% (2018). President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh commits annually to the Energy Performance Objectives by signing the Energy Policy, committing the university to meeting targets set out in the energy plan.


TG4 is Ireland’s only Irish language television station which launched in 1996. TG4’s philosophy is to do more with less – this ideology has been actioned through their efficient use of energy and ‘green’ project planning. Energy is effectively managed on a day to day basis using an Energy Management System. TG4’s progressive approach has been to integrate energy management with energy efficiency projects and renewable energy technologies to ensure its energy impact on the environment is minimal.

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU), a leading Dublin University has rapidly expanded from two to five campuses and has been elevated to ‘Green Flag’ University status. The University is committed to responsible energy management,  aiming to efficiently manage and reduce energy usage whilst providing a first-class learning and research environment. The management of energy at DCU has shown real results, with the university exceeding the 33% energy target, reaching 43%.

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council (DLR) has consistently shown leadership by being a national test-bed for a wide range of energy innovations, from internal systems including a monthly monitoring energy software, Energy Elephant to manage their ISO 50001, to public amenities and housing construction techniques. Leading the way in dual usage municipal infrastructure, dlr installed the first public lighting poles to be used for charging Electric Vehicles and the world's first solar powered phone and electric bike charging bench, the Monna, promoting sustainable transport. Exemplar housing whether new build or refurbishment built to nZEB and Passive House standards has led to dlr

Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council is the largest Local Authority in the country. They employ over 5,800 staff and with a capital budget of over €1billion. The Council delivers over 500 services to the people living, working and visiting Dublin City. Dublin City Council developed an Energy Performance Contract. This mitigates the risk to the Council to give fuller value to public spend. At the same time it maintains and improves the quality of public services offered.

Sligo University Hospital (SUH)

SUH provides acute general and maternity services to the population of Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal. It provides regional services across the North West to a population of 280,000. Since 2012, the hospitals energy programme has delivered significant energy savings. There are hospital-wide staff engagement and interest in energy reduction. These are through several energy awareness campaigns and monthly energy team meetings. Regular monitoring and targeting will ensure that the energy reductions are maintained in the years ahead.

SOS Kilkenny

SOS Kilkenny Clg. provides a lifetime commitment to people with a learning disability. The progress to date shows a commitment to a multi-year energy management plan to further reduce dependency on energy. At the same time continually cut or manage energy consumption across the organisation. The successful implementation of the works to date have had knock-on effects. Staff and service users themselves are more now interested in energy reductions in their own homes.


We are delighted to take the award back. It just shows what staff awareness and staff engagement can do in making savings in a public sector building.
Declan McGoldrick, Project Manager, Sligo University Hospital

Application guidelines

  1. Please submit your application online by 5pm Friday 18th June.
  2. You are eligible to apply under more than one category. Simply follow the online guidelines and copy and paste your application to a new category and amend your answers as appropriate.
  3. Please ensure all mandatory fields are completed before you hit submit.
  4. Please complete the 'Data' section to the best of your ability.
  5. Once you submit, you can still edit your application up to the deadline date.
  6. Please keep attachments to 5MB or less.
  7. Shortlisted applications will be announced in August.
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