Upcoming Training Events – Funded training for SMEs | BioBase4SME

Details here of two upcoming training events for SMEs innovating in the bioeconomy – available from BioBase4SME.

  • The first, on 14th March 2018, in Brussels, is on Communicating Sustainability.
  • The second, the Innovation BioCamp 2018, takes place from 3rd June to Friday 8th June 2018, with the closing date for applications being Friday 13th April 2018.

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We are feeling re-energised and excited as CKEA becomes 3CEA

CKEA becomes 3CEA

With 15 years of energy agency experience and an expanded geographical setting we felt it was time for a new look and new name. Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is to become 3CEA – Three Counties Energy Agency to reflect our ‘3 Counties’ footprint of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

Paddy Phelan, manager since 2012, explains

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SME Lighting Upgrade Fund

SME Lighting Upgrade Fund

NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR SMEs TO AVAIL OF UP TO 40% FUNDING TOWARDS LIGHTING UPGRADE

This is an excellent opportunity for businesses (50 employees or less) to avail of funding towards lighting upgrades. An SEAI programme of support has been announced. Terms and conditions apply and can be found on the SEAI website. The application process requires a lighting audit and evaluation and we suggest that interested businesses contact us right now so that we can schedule a lighting expert to visit you (fee applies).

Please note, all works must be completed by 13th October 2017.

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CKEA welcomes Budget 2017 measures on Climate Change

CKEA welcomes Budget 2017

Minister Denis Naughten of the Department of Communication, Climate Change and Environment issued a budget statement this week which identifies the interconnection between climate action and energy efficiency. The full press release from the Department is available on their website or further down this post.  Carlow Kilkenny and Wexford Energy Agency Manager, Paddy Phelan, has welcomed the focus and supporting measures outlined by Minister Naughten:

“CKEA welcomes Budget 2017. It sets in train the budget allocation to deliver the much anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive programme promised since 2014. Will this be enough, if delivered, to ignite the massive challenge that lays in wait to achieve the Renewable Heat target for 2020?  Only time will tell. Ireland Inc is currently set to significantly miss the target, resulting in long term fines of circa €100m per % point below the 12% Renewable Heat Target. Current reports for 2015 suggest that Ireland is circa 7.6% below that 2020 target.

 The Energy Citizens role in sustainable community programmes is marked with an increase in SEAI programme funding for Better Energy Communities and the Warmer Homes Programme.

Paddy is also delighted to see the establishment of the National Dialogue on Climate Change and would be keen for CKEA to participate. Local Energy Agencies support climate change mitigation and adaption through the county based approach for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Planning.

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Budget 2017 Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten: Broadband, Energy Efficiency and Digital Economy focus areas for Budget 2017

11 October 2016

 

  • €100 million for energy efficiency projects €15 million for National Broadband Plan
  • Capital allocation to increase by €45m, , to more than €170m
  • Total 2017 Budget €529 million

 

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., today announced his Department’s Budget 2017 allocation. “Climate action, energy, broadband connectivity and the digital economy are amongst the most significant strategic sectors for Ireland’s economic, employment and social recovery, and Budget 2017 demonstrates committed and ongoing support for these key areas.”

 

Broadband Connectivity and the Digital Economy

Broadband connectivity remains a key social, economic and political priority.

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) will play an integral role in revitalizing businesses and communities across provincial towns in rural Ireland, and additional funding of€5m has been set aside to finalise the tender process in 2017 bringing the total allocation for the National Broadband Plan in 2017 to 15 million .

A further €8m will facilitate the reallocation of the 700mhz spectrum away from TV broadcasting to support broadband and mobile telephony plans in rural areas. In freeing up a very valuable spectrum band, this crucial investment will deliver better mobile data services (including 5G), particularly in rural areas.

€3 million will be spent on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, which helps small businesses develop their trading online capacity, as well as offering training, mentoring and support.

 

Energy and Climate Action

Energy and climate action are inextricably linked, and the Minister has affirmed this Government’s determination to meet the Paris Agreement targets within the next 398 months.

To this end, €500,000 will be directed to the establishment of a National Dialogue on Climate Change, while an additional €24m – an increase of 35% on last year – will target expanded energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes across the country.

In 2017, at least €100m will be invested on energy projects, saving over 116,000 tonnes in carbon emissions every year, reducing overall dependence on imported fossil fuels, and supporting around 3,000 jobs.

The transition away from carbon-based fuels remains a long-term goal; €7 million has been allocated to a new Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme to help achieve this.

A further €2 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Homes Scheme to support individual householders in making energy efficiency improvements to their homes, while an additional €4 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Communities Scheme.

The Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme will also be expanded and its total allocation for 2017 will be increased to €8 million.

 

Environment Protection

An additional €2 million is being provided for the Environment Protection Agency to target illegal dumpers and €13 million for landfill remediation will be spent next year to clean up our landfill sites.

 

These measures are additional or enhanced commitments in the context of an overall budget in 2017 of €529 million.

 

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CKEA welcomes Budget 2017