The Government has announced €8 million in funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. […]
Just Energy, Ireland’s newest energy supplier, has announced it is to create 50 new jobs nationwide. The announcement comes as the Irish arm of the company looks to celebrate its first anniversary, after entering the market in September 2017.
These jobs are in addition to the dedicated team of energy advisors already based in the company’s Cork contact centre […]
Solar AdTek, the leading developer and supplier of innovative solar powered and LED lighting systems for outdoor advertising, has completed an upgrade of the lighting in advertising displays across the CIE’s Out of Home advertising estate. Solar AdTek’s bright LED lighting with smart controls replaced fluorescent tubes in bus and rail station advertising displays nationwide.
This lighting technology […]
Businesses, large and small, as well as public bodies are achieving energy savings with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). SEAI’s EXEED (Excellence in Energy Efficient Design) certification programme is proving to have a real impact across a number of sectors. EXEED encourages innovation in how we design and manage projects and is driving the […]
A major United Nations programme that encourages global financial centres to place sustainable and green finance at the heart of their operations and help fight climate change, is to establish its European base in Ireland. The new European secretariat will coordinate from Dublin a network of pan-European cities committed to the expansion of green and […]
More than one in four Irish businesses (27%) have experienced unscheduled energy failures, with 23% of these reporting that they cost the business upwards of €10,000. This is according to new research conducted by RED C on behalf of Bord Gáis Energy to mark the launch of Centrica Business Solutions in Ireland. Centrica Business Solutions […]
The Government has approved the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). The new Scheme will incentivise the introduction of sufficient renewable electricity generation to meet national and EU-wide renewable energy and decarbonisation targets out to 2030.
In addition, the RESS will deliver broader energy policy objectives including: enhancing security of supply; diversifying the renewable technology mix; […]
Iarnród Éireann has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce to retrofit new gear transmissions to a 3-carriage Intercity train, to assess fuel and emission savings from the new system. The trial, if successful and rolled out to the 234 carriage Intercity railcar fleet, could see annual fuel and emission savings of 19%. This would generate annual […]
Electric Ireland remained the largest electricity energy provider in 2017, however, it was the first year the supplier moved below a 50% share (49.5% of total consumption) in the electricity market, according to a report published by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).
The annual Electricity and Gas Retail Market Report is part of the […]
Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, has opened a new wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The farm, developed in partnership with energy business Community Windpower, is made up of nine turbines which, combined, are now producing around 125 GWh of power per annum. That is enough to supply half […]
ESB has launched a call to action to the Irish public and industry to help the country move to a clean energy future by embracing electric heat and transport. ESB is showcasing the steps that everyone can take such as using electric heat pumps and electric vehicles to make energy savings, improve air quality and […]
The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy has announced that it is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of nZEB modular courses. Starting this July, these innovative nZEB courses will offer those working in construction in Ireland a chance to up-skill, free of charge, in an increasingly regulated area of the construction industry.
The European […]
College Group is to invest €10 million in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north County Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose-built plant will be set on a 47.5 acre site and will […]
The latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projections show that Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, underpinned by strong economic growth. This is despite an EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector – agriculture, transport, residential, […]
ESB and Bord na Móna have announce that financial close has been reached on the €160 million Oweninny project in North County Mayo. The project will be financed with long-term debt from a consortium of banks including the European Investment Bank (EIB), who are providing 50 per cent of the funding, as well as MUFG Bank, […]
Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a fund of €500,000 to support cutting-edge Irish energy research, development and demonstration projects. The aim of the call is to support regions and local communities move towards a decarbonized energy system by 2030.
Companies, research organisations […]
Veolia Ireland, experts in water, waste and energy resource management, is challenging Irish manufacturing to assess and incorporate global trends in all future planning. It comes as the company, headquartered in Glasnevin, Dublin, published its study, Imagine 2050: the future of water, waste and energy.
The paper was developed with academics and futurists to identify concisely the […]
SEAI has begun the search for Ireland’s energy leaders who are demonstrating innovative approaches to clean energy with high replication potential. The SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Businesses, public bodies and communities who are working towards a cleaner energy future for Ireland are encouraged […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from businesses for €3 million in government-funded Smart Lighting Grants. The grant will cover approximately one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) save up to 90% on their lighting costs. These smart lighting upgrades will […]
John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s largest construction company, has become the first Irish business to join global energy efficiency initiative EP100. As part of its EP100 membership commitment, Sisk has pledged to double its energy productivity within 25 years, joining companies such as Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, Danfoss and H&M in demonstrating climate leadership by reducing energy use.
Supported by The Climate Group, which leads EP100 in partnership with the Alliance to […]
Dublin-based Solar AdTek, the leading developer and supplier of innovative solar powered lighting for outdoor advertising, has completed an upgrade of 1,800 bus shelter units across Ireland and significantly decreased their carbon emissions. SolarAdTek is responsible for the delivery of the bus shelter lighting project which is being funded by the ESB in a partnership arrangement […]
University of Limerick (UL) recently unveiled a unique €2 million underwater robot at the docks in Limerick city. The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was officially launched by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.
The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded ROV Étaín can operate in challenging […]
Calor Gas, Ireland’s longest established supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has launched Ireland’s first certified renewable LPG for homes and businesses. Calor BioLPG will be available throughout Ireland and will allow customers to switch to a green clean renewable alternative. Calor BioLPG is certified at EU level, as offering up to 90% lower emissions […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from organisations planning an investment in a new design project or major energy upgrade. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, secured an allocation of €10 Million in Budget 2018 for the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme.
The €10 million allocation will be used to […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show, Ireland’s leading business energy event returns to the RDS on Wednesday, 18 April and Thursday, 19 April 2018.
The annual free event, features 150 exhibitors of sustainable energy technologies and services, and is a must for those who want to network, learn, build business opportunities and experience the latest […]
The Carbon Trust has announced the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV, a Dutch […]
ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, has announced the acquisition of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Westcott Park, Buckinghamshire in England from Renewi plc, a leading waste-to-product business, for an undisclosed sum. The facility has capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity […]
The EPA has released data and information on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland for 2016. The data updates the National Waste Statistics web resource, launched by the EPA in recent months.
Commenting on the figures, Stephen Treacy, EPA, said: “The EPA welcomes the increase in the amount of biodegradable waste being accepted for recycling at composting […]
Irish businesses have yet to make the switch to renewable energy but are looking for cleaner energy alternatives, according to new research from Calor Gas. Just 11% of Irish businesses report that they are using renewable energy. Of the businesses not using renewable energy, 85% are open to switching to a renewable alternative.
The figures were […]
Imagine a future where Irish consumers will be able to gift or sell their solar power across their neighbourhood as well as sharing and managing their own electricity in a myriad of new ways. EnerPort, a new project launched at the recent International Energy Research Centre (IERC) Annual Conference, aims to accelerate peer-to-peer energy trading […]
Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017.
2017 was a significant year for Kingspan which, despite its challenges, was a record period for the group. Revenue rose by 18.0% to €3.7 billion, and trading profit grew by 10.7% to […]
NTR has announced that it has successfully closed three project debt facilities in recent weeks with AIB, Nord/LB and MUFG totaling a Euro equivalent of €66.5 million. Two of the debt facilities will be utilised to finance the construction of new wind farms, while the third is for the refinancing of a wind farm already […]
Smart Energy Services, a business line in ESB, is to deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020, in response to growing demand.
Smart Energy Services provides consultancy, capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses who are large users […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a research fund of over €2.5 million to support cutting-edge research, development and demonstration energy projects in 2018. The Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme aims to develop new energy solutions that can help our homes, businesses and communities become more energy efficient and deliver a cleaner energy future.
Irish wave energy technology company, Ocean Energy, has announced that its pioneering wave energy convertor, the ‘OE Buoy’, will be built in the United States by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu in autumn 2018. The contract value is €5.25 million out of […]
The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to comply with part of the Court judgement of 3 July 2008 (C-215/06, Commission v Ireland), by not properly carrying out an environmental impact assessment for the Derrybrien wind farm in County Galway in Ireland.
Although the Derrybrien wind farm was constructed […]
The Bord Gáis Energy Index for December is 5% higher as the wholesale price of oil, gas, coal and electricity all rallied during the month. Gas prices jumped by 8% as news broke of a shutdown of the key Forties pipeline which brings oil and gas to the UK from the North Sea. This was followed […]
Three counties have come together to create a low carbon, energy efficient zone which they say will be a unique magnet for internationally-trading companies looking for a near zero emissions European base and access to a major talent pool. Partners from across Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford involved in the newly-established 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) say the new […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its annual results for 2017. It shows a record €105 million government investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, allocated through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). This included €70 million investment in home and community energy upgrades, 40% of which went to […]
Dolmen, an award-winning Irish product design and innovation consultancy, has been chosen to work on an €8million project to help the future of personalised biomaterials; and to work on a €3.5 million green project on solar cells which reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.
The personalised biomaterials project will, for the first time, predict the patient specific […]
The Bord Gáis Energy Index for November was up by 9% as the wholesale prices of oil, gas and electricity all rallied during the month. Gas prices rose by a hefty 17% from October’s levels as cooler temperatures and higher demand meant that more imported gas was needed to heat homes and businesses. Oil prices […]
Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council’s first Annual Review. “The actions in the current National Mitigation Plan do not put Ireland on a pathway to achieve our 2020 targets or our long term decarbonisation objective,” said Chair […]
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules the new capacity mechanism for the jointly operated Irish and Northern Irish electricity market. The mechanism will help ensure security of electricity supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The joint Irish and Northern Irish capacity mechanism will […]
124 communities across Ireland are now part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Communities network, a rapidly expanding national movement towards a cleaner energy future. The communities have committed to developing long-term energy plans with the assistance of SEAI. The network has doubled in size in 2017, as momentum gathers in […]
Intel Ireland has announced that 100% of all electricity supplied to its Leixlip campus in 2016 was generated from indigenous renewable sources, making Intel one of the largest voluntary, private purchasers of renewable energy in the country. This action forms part of Intel Ireland’s multi-faceted approach to reduce its impact on the environment and to support […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Dairygold, Astellas Ireland and M50 Concession Ltd receive awards. The Awards recognise excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations.
Astellas Ireland, a pharmaceutical company manufacturing a range of health treatments […]
Pinergy, the smart energy provider, has announced the establishment of a new Energy Services division that is dedicated to providing both domestic and business customers with a range of energy efficient technology solutions. As part of this latest strategic move, Pinergy has partnered with some of Ireland’s most innovative energy technology providers that support a […]
The EPA’s latest report on air quality shows that burning of solid fuel is the biggest threat to good air quality in Ireland, followed by emissions from vehicle exhausts. Despite monitored air quality being within EU limit values we face challenges in maintaining this position. And, at a number of locations, air quality failed to […]
An Irish company has been placed in a prestigious global list of the Top 3 companies who have achieved outstanding innovation in the cleantech sector. At an event in London, HUB Controls, a Tallaght-based company which makes a device that regulates temperatures in the home, was recognised in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Top 3.
HUB Controls […]
Kingspan, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has been named for the third year in a row on The Climate ‘A List’ by CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that measures the environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan is one of only two Irish companies […]
Solo Energy – a ClimateLaunchpad alumni company – has teamed up with Cork City Council to install a state-of-the-art battery storage system at the Ballyvolane Fire Station. Cork-based Solo Energy, in collaboration with ESB Networks, is rolling out a network of distributed energy storage systems at a number of private and public buildings as part […]
The national body charged with helping Ireland to transition to a low-carbon economy has welcomed a new agreement by Microsoft to become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft Corp. has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the […]
The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has published its analysis on supplier costs in the electricity and gas retail markets in Ireland. This follows the review of how the energy retail market competition has evolved following full price deregulation of electricity and gas retail tariffs that was published in February 2017.
CRU reviews the retail […]
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Inver Energy of Ireland by Greenergy International of the UK. Inver is an independent importer and distributor of a range of fuel products predominantly in Ireland, where it also operates a number of retail service stations. In the UK, Inver operates a […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is working in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to help make government buildings more energy and cost efficient with the added benefit of making them warmer and healthier places to work. The Central Government Building Upgrade Fund, funded by SEAI and administered by the OPW, […]
MaREI, Ireland’s national centre for marine and renewable energy research and development, has appointed UCC professors Brian Ó Gallachóir and Jerry Murphy as its new co-directors, after the Citizens’ Assembly recently turned its attention to tackling climate change.
The Assembly’s efforts align with MaREI’s vision to make Ireland a global leader in marine and renewable energy […]
A £22 million investment by ABP Food Group’s renewable division in a green energy plant in the UK will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. ABP’s renewables division, Olleco, has just opened the new 15 MW Anaerobic Digestion facility in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
The ABP Food Group facility is located adjacent to […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has welcomed the increased funding allocated to it in Budget 2018, which it says highlights Ireland’s commitment to invest in energy efficiency, deliver greater change at community level, and to further decarbonise our energy system.
Key announcements included:
Energy efficiency programmes targeted at reducing CO2 emissions from the built environment will […]