The standard of applications for the 2018 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards was exceptionally high. View the successful shortlisted projects for 2018.
See all of the finalists in each category below.
Large Business Energy Management - Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland
Wyeth Nutrition commenced operations in Askeaton in 1974 and now employs over 750 people between staff and contractors. The Askeaton operation supplies infant nutrition products all over the world. Wyeths energy efficiency ideology is very scientific – review energy consumption and energy balances, apply the concept of Energy Efficient Design to optimise the project and perform a detailed Monitoring & Verification study that integrates with ISO 50001 system to ensure that best in class is delivered.
DELL EMC provides hardware and software products and services for information and data storage applications from the 640,000 sqft facility in Cork with approximately 1200 employees. Through a structured energy reduction program dating back 10+ years the campus has illustrated a proven history of energy reduction and has realized reductions of 53% (electricity) and 57% (gas).
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company with a significant footprint in Ireland. Alongside three manufacturing facilities in Sligo and Cork, two offices in Dublin serve the needs of the company’s Commercial and Operations activities. Through a structured ISO 50001 energy management programme, energy consumption has been reduced by 7%, despite the significant growth and activity across AbbVie's sites in Ireland.
Large Business Energy Project - Sponsored by Enprova
Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland GmbH
Bursting onto the Irish grocery market in 2000, Lidl has changed the face of shopping for the better with top quality products made available at the lowest possible price. With over 5,000 colleagues across almost 200 sites, Lidl has become an integral part of the Irish community. The deployment of renewable energy across the portfolio and the free supply of 100% renewable electric vehicle charging to customers, thus supporting the decarbonisation of transport, goes above and beyond the role of a retailer.
Allergan is a global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world. This project dealt specifically with the replacement of Steam Generation for the water heating within the Pharma Building with the installation of a CHP unit and low pressure hot water boilers.
Kerry Foods Carrickmacross
Founded in 1988 Kerry Foods Carrickmacross is the largest frozen meal solutions plant in Europe. The facility recovered waste heat from the sites industrial refrigeration and compressed air systems and used this recovered energy to displace steam as a heating medium for water on site. The project uses basic energy management principles which are repeatable in numerous industries.
Vodafone is Ireland’s leading total communications provider with over 2 million customers across the company’s mobile and fixed-line business. The 56,000-square meter HQ facility is recognised as one of the most high profile corporate office blocks in Ireland. The dynamic closed-loop lighting system with intelligent sensors eliminate the need to manage a time schedule. Over 6,000 installed intelligent sensors scan occupancy and irradiance levels to reduce consumption to minimal lighting requirement. The performance of the lighting system can also be tracked against occupancy levels by using onsite WiFi statistics.
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.
Sirus Group has offices located in Cork and Dublin and provides service to the HVAC, Electrical and Controls industry. Collectively, the Sirus Group employs almost 120 people and operates across Ireland and mainland Europe. The Well building retrofit uses heat pump technology with a full heat recovery system. There is an external glass wall as well as internal glass walls, creating solar gain and maximising natural daylight.
Airpacks Ltd T/A KORE Insulation
KORE is a manufacturer of high quality expanded polystyrene for the Irish and UK markets. Based in Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan, the 45,000 square foot state of the art facility has been in operation since 1997. As part of efforts to increase sustainability and reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint, KORE has undertaken a variety of initatives including; energy efficiency upgrades, lean manufacturing process, load optimisation, waste reduction and segregation, transport and route planning.
Dublin City Council
Dublin City Council is the largest Local Authority in the Country. Employing 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 that mitigates the risk to the Council to give fuller value to public spend whilst maintaining and indeed improving the quality of public services offered.
Sligo University Hospital
Sligo University Hospital (SUH) provides acute general and maternity services to the population of Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal and provides regional services across the North West to a population of 280,000. Since 2012, the hospitals energy programme has delivered significant energy savings. Hospital wide staff engagement and interest in energy reduction through several energy awareness campaigns and monthly energy team meetings, and regular monitoring and targeting will ensure that the energy reductions are maintained in the years ahead.
Dublin City University
Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size, and now has 5 campuses and over 80 buildings on the north side of Dublin delivering programmes to over 17,000 students. DCU has a customised, structured, mature, replicable and proven Energy Management System (EnMS) which it has managed since 2004. The management of energy has shown real results, exceeding the 33% target and with ambitious plans for an exemplar carbon neutral campus in the future.
S.O.S. 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 and continually cut or manage energy consumption across the organisation. The successful implementation of the works to date have had knock on effects with staff and service users to the point where they themselves are more interested in energy reductions in their own homes.
Castleblaney Sustainable Energy Group
Castleblayney Sustainable Energy Group (CSEG) is a voluntary group comprising of representatives from the public, private and community sectors in the town. This is economically and socially beneficial to Castleblayney and will deliver a significant reduction in the use of fossil fuel based energy in the town and support the drive nationally and globally to move to a low carbon economy that will benefit society in the long term.
Louth County Council
Louth County Council is a Local Authority responsible for delivering a number of services within the juristiction of County Louth. The integrated and collaborative model adopted by the Louth County Councils energy team in managing their SEAI communities project, in mentoring community groups and facilitating the other large public sector stakeholders in the community, delivers on its core values: a commitment to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, the protection of the environment, the promotion of sustainable development, and a determination to succeed.
Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta
The Aran Islands Community Energy Cooperative with 100 members is open to every resident. It is not-for-profit, has 12 directors made up of every sector of community and all are volunteers. Over half of the houses and buildings on the 3 islands have completed energy upgrades since 2012. Half of the buildings on Inis Oirr have now replaced fossil fuels with heat pumps and photovoltaic panels. Inis Mor is also progressing well in the same direction. There are now 10 electric vehicles on Inis Mor.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
A Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLR) objective is to meet energy and climate change targets and to positively influence energy efficiency within the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The buildings at Georges Place, Dublin include 12 high quality 2 bed dwellings with front and rear garden space. The units were completed under a new rapid delivery work programme, achieving the highest environmental standards with a BER of A1.
The Rediscovery Centre
The Rediscovery Centre is the national centre for the circular economy with enterprises using waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design. The Rediscovery Centre is also home to an education department that provides a variety of exciting and interactive workshops for children. The centre demonstrates best practice building design, construction and operation and defines the building and environs as an educational tool to inspire, inform and lead positive behavioural change with respect to resource management and efficiency.
Eurotech Renewables are a sustainable heating solutions company dedicated to providing low or zero carbon systems that eliminate fossil fuel dependency in heating systems. The energy upgrades at The Iveagh Garden Hotel and Monasterboyce Inn involved replacing oil and gas fired heating and air conditioning systems in two old buildings to achieve A3 ratings. Reducing the overall energy demand despite both buildings being extended by 25% and using recycled energy to deliver a sustainable result. Both of these projects have achieved Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) certification as a result of the installation.
National Gallery of Ireland
The National Gallery of Ireland (Gallery) is Ireland’s major national cultural institution devoted to the collection and care of fine art. The Gallery employs more than 160 staff and provides free access to the public 361 days a year. The refurbishment of the historic wings of the National Gallery of Ireland and the addition of air conditioning within this listed building offered one of the most complex engineering challenges undertaken on a building of its type and required considerable innovation in the design, detail and co-ordination of services.
Smart M Power Co (t/a MPOWER)
MEGA, in collaboration with South Dublin County Council and industry partners such as MPOWER, developed a Living Lab to research solutions that increase the level of electricity production hosted by communities. It is located in South Dublin County, and is known as the Tallaght Community Energy Living Lab. MPOWER is driving this research forward towards full commercial deployment, first in DIT and Tallaght Living Lab – from there it will be franchised to local communities (regulated by Contract) acting as Smart Cells in an emerging independent Cellular Smart Grid. It involves local Energy and Flexibility Markets operated by the Community System Operator, for each Community Grid. Consumers in Community Grids become prosumers (regulated by contract): consumers who offer a service back to the supply chain (production and/or flexibility).
Cork Institute of Technology
The NIMBUS Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology conduct industry driven research in Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) with applications in smart buildings, energy efficiency, and smart cities and communities. The TOPAs (Tools for Continuous Building Performance Auditing) project investigates the use of Internet of Things to support building energy management post occupancy. The solution facilitates the extraction, processing and analysis of energy performance data across a large portfolio of buildings.
Remote HVAC is an innovative software, used as a service start-up, creating diagnostic cloud intelligence for the Built Environment. Remote HVAC has developed an Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis software tool which provides a practical, low cost and barrier free approach to re-commissioning. The software uses Internet of Things (IoT) devices to gather data and run it through Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled rule engines combined with Big Data analytics to identify re-commissioning opportunities.
Energy Team of the Year
Dublin Airport Authority
Dublin Airport supports 17,000 jobs locally with 3000 staff directly employed. The gateway to Ireland, the 11th largest airport in the European Union, the airport catered for 31 million passengers in 2017. The Energy Team continues to drive challenging and innovative energy saving initiatives and energy management solutions. The team's commitment to reducing the airport's carbon footprint and saving energy is highlighted through the completion of the first ever certified Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) project. Dublin Airport has exemplar performance within the Public Sector at 44.1% below baseline and deliver an Energy Management System to provide information to 120+ tenants to influence their energy performance.
Musgrave is Irelands largest grocery distributor, with a strong portfolio of market-leading brands (including SuperValu & Centra). Musgrave and its retail partners support more than 40,000 jobs, in more than 1,400 stores and offices across seven brands in three markets, with total sales of €3.7 billion. The Musgrave Sustainability Team has been leading by example and has delivered one of the most successful models in the SEAI's communities scheme over the past four years which includes Musgrave retailers donating the equivalent of their first years energy savings to energy upgrades in clubs and charities in local communities.
Gurteen College is a registered charity founded in 1947, offering a range of recognised Teagasc and other courses to people who intend making a career in either agriculture, equines or related services. In association with Tipperary Energy Agency, Mike Pearson developed a renewable energy programme to reduce the energy usage throughout college grounds. The use of energy on site has been improved with the growing of willow for biomass fuel and the generation of electricity through the wind turbine and PV system which reduce the need for electricity to be imported off the grid.
Renewable Energy Project
Galway Wind Park
The 174MW Galway Wind Park, co-developed by SSE and Coillte in Connemara’s Cloosh Valley, is Ireland’s largest and best performing wind farm, generating more green energy than any other wind generation site on the island. Galway Wind Park, as Ireland’s largest wind farm will make one of the most significant contributions of any renewable energy development toward greening national energy and decarbonising power generation across the island of Ireland.
GSK Dungarvan is one of the largest employers in the South East of Ireland, employing up to 750 people.The facility manufacturers a variety of ‘over-the-counter’ pharmacy and ‘oral care’ products exported to more than 70 countries worldwide. The 4MW biomass boiler demonstrates that the move away from the use of fossil fuels is now a cost effective alternative when sustainable sources are widely available.
Elgin Energy is the leading independent solar development platform in the UK & Ireland delivering solar projects from origination through to development. Bann Road is the largest solar farm on the island of Ireland and contributes over 30% of the total installed large scale (>5MW) solar PV in Northern Ireland. This solar farm provides the landowners with diversified revenue ensuring stable income and enables the land to serve a dual use of solar energy production and sheep farming.
EirGrid Group manages and operates the transmission grid across the island of Ireland. The aim of the DS3 Programme is to meet the challenges of operating the electricity system in a secure manner while achieving Ireland’s 2020 renewable electricity targets. DS3 System Services offers financial incentives for conventional and renewable generation to provide flexible services, enabling an increase in the levels of renewable generation possible on the power system at any given time.
2018 Gala Awards Event
All finalists have been invited to a black tie gala event on the Thursday 25th October 2018. There the winners will be announced on the night and presented with their awards.