The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today started the search for sustainable energy leaders as it launched its 14th annual energy awards, the longest running energy leadership awards in the country. The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy and are open to organisations, businesses or communities who are setting new standards in the reduction of fossil fuel use.
The Awards encourage entries with innovative approaches and high replication potential from applicants across the island of Ireland. New to the 2017 Awards programme is a bursary of €10,000 for the winner of the Research Category, to further their research activity. There are eight categories to choose from including large business, small business, design, public sector, community and energy manager or team.
Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management at SEAI, said: "There is excellent work happening in sustainable energy across our economy and the SEAI Awards are a great opportunity for businesses, public bodies and communities to get recognition for outstanding energy achievements. Energy efficiency makes financial as well as environmental sense, and there is growing interest in and delivery of cleaner sources of energy across both industry and communities as we move Ireland towards a low carbon society. I strongly encourage people and businesses to enter the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2017 to highlight their own success and encourage others to take part.
"Last year, entrants to the Awards demonstrated savings of €100 million through innovative sustainable energy projects. Winners included, DaysE who won an award for its 'Donate-As-You-Save' fund raising model which uses energy savings as a means of financing energy projects in non-profit organisations. Dell EMC took home the Large Business Award for its ongoing commitment to reducing energy usage through a structured energy reduction programme, saving them €4.5 million per annum in electricity costs alone.
This year the Awards have three category sponsors: Enprova (Public Sector), ESB Smart Energy Services (Large Business - Energy Management) and Gas Networks Ireland (Large Business - Energy Project).
Closing date for entries is Friday 9th June 2017. The winners will be announced at a gala event in November 2017.
Notes to Editor
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
About the Sustainable Energy Awards
This is the 14th year for SEAI's annual Sustainable Energy Awards which promote excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the island of Ireland.
New Award** 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.
Large Business - Energy Management (sponsored by ESB Smart Energy Services)
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. The subject of the design must be in everyday use.
Energy Team / Energy 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.
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There is excellent work happening in sustainable energy across our economy and the SEAI Awards are a great opportunity for businesses, public bodies and communities to get recognition for outstanding energy achievements.