Close to €1billion in energy savings have been achieved by organisations who have taken part in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s annual Sustainable Energy Awards. Now in its 12th year, the Awards reward individuals, businesses or communities who adapt their energy management practices to deliver cost savings and energy efficiencies in their business or communities.

This year SEAI, along with main sponsors Electric Ireland and Enprova, are looking for innovative solutions to energy saving that have a strong replication potential across all sectors. Entries are invited in eight categories including: large and small business, community, public sector, innovation, research, leadership and collaboration.

Brian Motherway, Chief Executive SEAI, said: “We have seen strong leadership in recent years with public and private organisations driving the sustainable energy agenda in Ireland. This has been reflected in the Awards with very impressive entries and greater collaboration as communities and other sectors work together to deliver energy savings. This year’s Awards will expand on these developments and I encourage those who are making sustainable energy achievements to enter and be part of our €1 billion energy saving club!”

Last year’s winners, Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árainn Teo (Aran Islands Renewable Energy Ltd) delivered a range of energy projects to develop the islands as energy self-sustaining and carbon neutral.  Residents on the three Aran Islands collaborated to establish a co-operative to reduce the islands’ dependence on imported fossil fuels and deliver energy independence by 2022.

Further information on the 2015 Sustainable Energy Awards can be found on SEAI’s website www.seai.ie/energyawards. Closing date for entries is Friday 26th June 2015. Overall winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin in November 2015.

Our image shows Paul Stapleton, General Manager, Electric Ireland; Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management, SEAI; Paddy Sweeney, Managing Director, Enprova and Johnny Dunne, Chief Executive, Dimpco.