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SEAI Awards to include €10,000 bursary

Colm Byrne, DaysE with Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management, SEAI, and Mark Dwan and Paul Walsh, both of Johnson and Johnson Campus Ireland

SEAI has started the search for sustainable energy leaders with the announcement of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards for 2017. These awards recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and are open to organisations, businesses and communities who are 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 in all, 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 the 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. 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).

Visit www.seai.ie/energyawards for further information. Closing date for entries is Friday, 9 June 2017. The winners will be announced at a gala event in November 2017.

 

Energy Awards Stimulate €28 Million in Energy Savings

Pictured with Dr Brian Motherway, CEO, SEAI and Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland are Padraig Traynor (left), Facilities Manager, Stewarts Care and Pat Mehigan (right), Facilities Manager, Tyndall Institute, the joint winners of the outstanding Leadership in Energy Management Award at the Sustainable Energy Awards 2012.

“What we are now seeing is a positive effect on business as more and more companies, and indeed public bodies, are working to reduce their energy costs”, said Dr Motherway. “Over 10,000 people are employed in the organisations that entered the Sustainable Energy Awards this year and they are all active proof that sustainable energy is important, not only from a cost-saving perspective, but also for protecting vital Irish jobs.”

The Sustainable Energy Awards reward excellence in energy management by organisations of all sizes and this year attracted almost 100 entries. The joint winners of the Outstanding Leadership in Energy Management Award were Padraig Traynor, Facilities Manager, Stewarts Care and Pat Mehigan, Facilities Manager, Tyndall Institute.

Stewarts Care won the Award for its multi-faceted retrofit programme, funded through an energy performance contract with Dalkia, saving 11% in energy costs. Tyndall implemented an intensive energy reduction programme focusing on the site’s significant energy users that resulted in a 30% reduction in energy use and a zero-carbon impact from its new 5,500 sq m building.

Other notable winners included – Astellas Ireland, winner of the Renewable Energy Systems Award, for the installation of a wood chip boiler displacing 90% of its oil consumption and a wind turbine offsetting over 20% of imported electricity; and the Department of Education and Skills for a new primary school facility, Colaiste Choilm, in Tullamore. The school which acquired an A2 rating, is 40% more efficient than a standard school and will serve as a test facility for the Department’s school building programme.

Congratulating the 2012 Award winners, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Mr Pat Rabbitte, TD, said: “The organisations that have been showcased through the Sustainable Energy Awards are to be commended for their innovation, determination and ultimately success in bringing about meaningful cost and CO2 savings. Initiating change, as many of these companies have, can be very difficult, not least in challenging economic circumstances. But I hope these organisations can truly appreciate the benefits of what they’ve achieved and I encourage others to learn from their example.”

Commenting on the Awards Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland, said: “The financial savings achieved by the organisations participating in this year’s Awards are proof that embracing energy management and engaging staff in energy efficiency projects can greatly improve an organisation’s bottom line.”

For full details on the Awards log on to www.seai.ie/energyawards ■