The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is calling for innovative entries for the 10th anniversary of the Sustainable Energy Awards. Over the last decade entries to the competition from organisations of all sizes have demonstrated energy savings in excess of €500 million. This year SEAI is extending the Awards reach beyond organisations and businesses to communities that have implemented energy efficiency projects across multiple sectors.
Sponsored by Electric Ireland, the Awards reward excellence in energy management amongst Irish organisations of all sizes, recognising their achievements in cutting energy use and CO2 emissions. To mark the 10th anniversary the competition will feature 10 new categories, one of which – the Legacy Award – will be open to past winners of the Awards, recognising the individuals and organisations that have been involved in changing energy management practices over the last decade.
Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI, said: “We have reached a turning point with the Sustainable Energy Awards. It’s no longer a debating point that we need to move to a sustainable energy system. Sustainable energy award winners over the last decade have shown that the financial and wider gains from taking action can be very significant indeed. We look forward to continuing to recognise great leaders and innovators in the sustainable energy sector in Ireland.”
Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland, said: “The significant savings that have been seen by the companies that have entered the Energy Awards alone proves that substantial energy cost savings are still achievable in Irish business through commitment and the use of energy management systems. We are delighted to have partnered with SEAI on the Sustainable Energy Awards over the last 10 years. Each year we see new, innovative ways that organisations of all sizes are embracing energy efficient behaviour and making substantial savings.”
Further information on the 2013 Sustainable Energy Awards can be found on SEAI’s website www.seai.ie/energyawards. Closing date for entries is Friday 28th June 2013. Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2013.