Click on the projects below to see examples of work within the healthcare sector.
The Climate Active Neighbourhoods project (CAN) focuses on underprivileged neighbourhoods that require renovation in municipalities and regions of varying sizes throughout northwest Europe.
To build relevant capacity in these participating local authorities, neighbourhood approaches and synergies based on new governance models will be introduced. CAN Cap will build on the efforts of CAN to begin working with SMEs.
What was Climate Active Neighbourhoods?
The initial CAN (Climate Active Neighbourhoods)-project supported Local public Authorities to implement their low carbon plans more effectively in urban residential areas using a neighbourhood approach. New organisational governance modes for sharing public responsibility with bottom-up action and financial instruments stimulated the process. 1,339 households benefitted from CAN investments reducing CO2 emissions by 2669t annually. In these pilot investments, the mix of measures (e.g., heating system upgrade, loft insulation) and their combination with the ways of cooperation were tested and improved.
How Does CAN Capitalisation Build on This?
CAN Cap looks to extend the efforts of CAN by working the Small and Micro businesses across northwest Europe. The newest iteration of this project will transfer the successful CAN approach to foster energy retrofitting of SMEs (buildings and, if applicable, processes). SMEs are an important sector addressed in all municipal low carbon plans but are particularly hard to reach. CAN Cap aims to especially support SMEs and young entrepreneurs who are in a challenging or problematic situation (also due to the Covid-19 crisis), where energy retrofitting and GHG emission reduction is not on the top of the agenda. This project aims to continue the reduction in territorial disparities and/or in less developed zones of the urban area/zones that are lagging.
CAN Cap will also develop the CAN approach further by integrating digital consultation procedures in the consultation process to reach more target persons/SMEs with less effort allowing them to achieve more value for money.
How is CAN Cap helping Irish SMEs in the region?
- Enable SMEs to implement energy retrofitting activities at their premises and reduce their GHG emissions
- Enable Local authorities to support the SMEs on their territory more effectively (e.g., with the CAN multiplicator approach)
- Target new stakeholders (e.g., multiplicators such as chambers of commerce) and enable them to disseminate and implement the approach in the long term
- Maximise the impact of the initial CAN-project through widening the cooperation between municipal energy or climate protection services with economic development departments and multiplicators in the economic sector.
- Support Local authorities to implement their low carbon plans in residential and economic areas effectively.
Results of CAN Cap activities must contribute to the output indicators:
- The main indicator is GHG emission reduction with the calculation of this reduction being based on the actual energy retrofitting improvements. Potential activities and expenditure must also be in line with the programme’s, national and local rules.
- Results should be higher for less budget than in the initial CAN project
How Can I get Involved?
The best way to keep up-to-date with CAN Cap news is to sign up for our Newsletter and keep an eye on our social media and website.
Only SMEs in specific industries will be able to apply for a free energy audit from 3cea.
- Nursing Homes
- Food producers/manufactures, Farm Foods
- Convenience Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
- Voluntary Group Building Management (i.e., a voluntary group that is responsible for the management and upkeep of a building like Community Halls or Sports Clubs)
To receive your free energy audit you must also have not received De Minimus state aid between 2019 and 2021 and you must meet the EU Definition for an SME.
Applications are now open! Fill out the short expression of interest form below and we will be in contact. Please give at least a month for us to contact you as we get through the high number of applications.
What Happens When I Apply?
Successful SMEs will receive a site-visit where we will decide what time of Energy Auditing is needed at your premise.
There are two types of audit we can provide:
Audit Type 1:
Inspection to identify maintenance, operational, deficient equipment issue.
Audit Type 2:
Economic calculation, monitoring, metering, or testing to identify actual energy consumption and loses.
The type of energy auditing you receive depends on the capabilities your premise posses to successfully monitor your energy usage.
If you would like to apply for your Free CAN Cap Energy Audit please fill in our expression of interest form below.
Examples of projects
In 2017 and 2018 we linked up with SOS Kilkenny which provides service for adults with intellectual disabilities to save over €3,300 off its heating and lighting bills through a series of energy upgrades.
We also worked with The Irish Wheelchair Association to make its 1980s headquarters more energy efficient. It consumed lots of electricity, oil and gas. 3cea oversaw works which included improving attic and wall insulation. The improvement works cost €5,000, €2,500 of which was grant aided. The Irish Wheelchair Association is now saving €4360 per annum on its energy bills.
At Mount Carmel Nursing Home, a high efficiency condensing oil boiler was added and LED lighting installed. Solar panels were also added. In all, €23,000 worth of grant aid was provided for the €46,000 works. Mount Carmel is now saving close to €5,000 in energy bills each year.
At Kerlogue Nursing Home, a high efficiency gas boiler was added and the whole heating system upgraded. Kerlogue Nursing home is currently saving €500 annually on their heating bills. 30% of the total cost of the project was grant aided.
Examples of projects
In 2019 3cea worked with many food producers such as Kehoe’s Farm based in Lacken New Ross, Co. Wexford. Kehoe’s Farms grow, process, and package potatoes as well as packaging and selling animal feed (through Kehoe’s Ketripack). 3cea installed solar PV panels for Kehoe’s potato packing to assist the power burden from the necessary cold storage. 3cea also installed solar PV panels to assist with the power needed in the packaging of the animal feed. A simple lighting upgrade was also complete on the animal feed facility to reduce energy costs. In total, these improvements saved €4,813.95 in Kehoe’s Farm and €11,340.15 in Kehoe’s Ketripack (animal feed).
It’s not just farms however, again in 2019 3cea began energy improvement works with Stafford’s Bakeries in Gorey in Co. Wexford. Stafford’s Bakery has been in operation in Gorey, since the 1950’s and now provide their breads and cakes nationwide from their state-of-the-art Bakery at the IDA Industrial Estate in Clonattin, Gorey, Co Wexford. Stafford’s were spending upwards of €58,171 a month on electricity alone as they needed to have the bakery running through the night to ensure supply of fresh bread each morning. To help reduce their energy costs, 3cea installed solar PV panels and completed an insulation upgrade on their premise. This is expected to save Stafford’s Bakery €130,894.94 a year with a simple payback time of under 4 years for the project.
Examples of projects
3cea has in the past worked with stores and small supermarkets to help them reduce their carbon footprint and energy expenses. In 2019, Quinn’s Food Store approached 3cea hoping to do exactly this. 3cea investigated the premise and found that the refrigeration units were using a lot of power. Post audit, the team at 3cea recommended the installation of a reduced size fridge, from 5m to 2.5m, with multideck and doors. This lead to an estimated savings of €1,552.78 for Quinn’s Food Store
Kilmartin Service Station is a 24hr Service Station on the Dublin Road in Athlone. This service station boasts a convenience store with a hot food deli counter as well as all other services including fuel, air, and water. Given these services available, and the 24hr opening times, Kilmartin Service Station had huge energy demands with the shop paying about €63,331 for energy in 2017. To reduce this usage and having audited the premise, 3cea staff recommended an upgrade the refrigeration units to ones with higher energy efficiency. This simple change lead to an estimated savings of €9,077.35 a year.
Examples of projects
3cea has worked with community halls in the past, helping them improve their energy use and make some well-needed improvements. One such example is Marshaltown Community Centre a community centre located in Marshalstown, Wexford. 3cea completed an insulation upgrade as well as a door and window upgrade to prevent heat loss in the community centre and make it easier to heat in winter months. Another community centre 3cea has worked with is Cloneen Community Hall. The hall had a very high electricity and gas demand for heating so,3cea increased their wall and attic insulation and replaced all single-glazed windows with double-glazed windows.