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About the Award

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.

Who should apply?

Applications are welcome from SMEs across all sectors.

Previous project finalists include:


Flahavan's, Ireland’s oldest family-owned business has been milling oats for over 230 years, across seven generations at the family mill in Co. Waterford. The oats for the company’s Progress Oatlets are sourced from local farmers within a 60-mile radius of the mill in Kilmacthomas. Flahavan’s has four methods of energy generation with biomass from by-product, wind, solar and hydro working in a complimentary manner. Flahavan's has reduced the need for almost half a million litres of diesel per year as steam is produced from the burning of the oat husks. The company also has its own on-site wind and water turbines which generate electricity for the facility's production. Flahavan’s has always prioritised sustainability and its organic division accounts for over 25 per cent of its overall business.


Riordan’s SuperValu Fermoy

Riordan’s SuperValu Fermoy is a third-generation family run supermarket which is leading the way in energy efficiency and generation. Following the completion of a series of energy upgrades, Riordan’s reduced its carbon footprint by over 40%. Their pragmatic approach included staff training, fitting state-of-the-art LED lights, in addition to energy saving doors to their refrigeration units and a complete refurb of their hot water system contribute to the success of their sustainability efforts.


Bocan Community Creche

Bocan Community Creche is small yet environmentally conscious childcare facility, which aims to reduce its carbon footprint through a series of cost effective and ‘green’ choices. The creche has already installed geothermal heat pumps, eliminating the need for oil and installed electric solar panels which generate electricity, reducing the demand on our national grid. This continues to be one of the factors in helping to keep the creche fees at a low and sustainable rate for parents. The creche has also been awarded with three green flags through the Green Schools programme. Further eco-adjustments will be made as they advance on their sustainability journey.


Aut Even Hospital

Aut Even Hospital is a seventy-one-bed elective, private hospital with an eighteen-bed day surgery unit located just outside Kilkenny City. The 10 year fully financed energy performance contract between Veolia and Aut Even Hospital is delivering energy savings that outweigh the finance repayments for the Hospital. The innovative funding model made this project feasible for Aut Even Hospital.

For Aut Even Hospital to be a finalist here is a great achievement. We're a small organisation who strive to part of the bigger picture of protecting our environment.
John Holmes, Aut Even 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.
Top tips for an award winning application

Has your business made substantial #energy savings? We love to hear how? Apply now to the #SEAIAwards2021 #SME category.

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