SEAI launches Sustainable Energy Awards

20 Apr 2011

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is inviting entries for all-island Sustainable Energy Awards, which are open to private and public-sector organisations of all sizes that are innovating their energy-management processes.

There are nine categories, including categories for energy efficiency, renewable energy, innovation, energy awareness, and the Energy Manager of the Year award.  

Winners in 2010

Entrants to the 2010 Sustainable Energy Awards demonstrated energy savings of €17m in one year alone, with an additional €40m in projected cost savings identified.

Last year’s Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year for Large Users award went to Brian Scannell of Musgrave Group, which delivered more than 3GWh in energy savings since 2007, equivalent to 5pc year-on-year savings.

Other 2010 award winners include family-run business Matthews Coach Hire, which is based in Co Monaghan; the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Cork; IFSC-based Citi; Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork; and energy services company Crowley Carbon.

Energy awareness

Commenting on the launch of this year’s awards, Prof J Owen Lewis, CEO, SEAI, said: “Companies across Ireland have made huge strides in energy management in recent years, resulting in significant savings on energy costs. We have seen that companies are not just adopting the latest sustainable energy technologies but also embracing energy-awareness programmes and a new way of thinking around energy management driven by staff and management alike.”

The Sustainable Energy Innovation award is designed to recognise the many Irish businesses that are pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship throughout their business operations, and setting improved sustainability standards in the process.

Bríd Horan, executive director, ESB Electric Ireland, which is sponsoring the awards, added: “Sustainability and energy efficiency have become an essential cornerstone of Irish business planning.”

The closing date for completed entries is 10 June 2011.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic