ENERGee Watch Online Courses Begin

This Wednesday, 15th of September, the ENERGee Watch Online Courses begin with Course 3 Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change. This is the first of four courses that will take place across the three cycles of the ENERGee Watch programme. The aims of the ENERGee WATCH peer-to-peer learning programme are to enable regional and local authorities to timely and accurately define, monitor, and verify their sustainable actions. The course material will focus on regional/provincial authorities and their agencies. These groups are responsible for collecting and monitoring GHG reduction efforts and results. The groups will be targeted to empower them to use best practices in their efforts. ENERGee Watch is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The programme will take place across three cycles. Each cycle has the same four courses and tutors and will all contain a visit to the tutor’s country. However, the content of the courses may change each year based on the feedback from the previous group in the previous cycle. Through this, the course can adapt to the needs of regional/local authorities.

We expect, by the end of the ENERGee Watch peer learning programme, regional and local authorities will have improved abilities and skills to collect energy and climate data, monitor said data, verify it and then report the data for their sustainable energy action plans. We also hope that the peer-to-peer nature of the programme will foster future collaborations and partnerships.

Course 3: Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change

ENERGee Watch Online Courses begin with Course 3, which is dedicated to the adaptation to climate change initiatives and aims to clarify the concept, provide keys to understanding this discipline, and shed light on the methodologies, systems, and tools to support public actors in their climate change efforts. The aim of the exercise is to guide participants in building their own roadmap to ensure that adaptation to climate change is fully integrated into energy-climate action plans. To this end, the adaptation course will be organised into three sessions:

• Session 1: Setting the basics: climate change adaptation and assessment
• Session 2: Establishing the diagnosis: methods and data
• Session 3: Drawing up a strategy and action plan: methods and roles of indicators

Session 1 of this course took place Wednesday 16th.

Each of the 3-hour sessions will, in turn, be divided into two periods of the following:

Session 1: Setting the basics: climate change adaptation and assessment
– Period 1: The fundamentals of adaptation to climate change
– Period 2: The fundamentals of assessment for adaptation
Session 2: Diagnosis: methods and data
– Period 1: Drawing up the diagnosis
– Period 2: Tools associated with the diagnosis (representation, deliverable, sharing)
Session 3: Designing a strategy and an action plan: methods and roles of indicators
– Period 1: Strategy development
– Period 2: Practical exercise

Target of Course 3 Indicators and Strategies on Adaptation to Climate Change

The course is particularly aimed at territorial public actors responsible for energy-climate policies and the structures (e.g., local energy agency) supporting them in the deployment of these policies. The objective is to facilitate the inclusion of adaptation to climate change and the transition to action in order to face the current and future challenges for the territories.

Course objectives
In this course, mentees can achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Objective 1: To appropriate the concepts and notions associated with adaptation to climate change.
  • Objective 2: To understand the challenges in one’s territory, to understand the climate impacts and associated effects
  • Objective 3: To be able to prefigure an adaptation to climate change policy on its territory
  • Objective 4: To draw on the associated methods and tools, in particular, to assess the adaptation policies

Mentors

Sandra Garrigou (pictured left) has been assisting local authorities in drawing up their climate plans since 2008. Sandra has developed an expertise in the field of adaptation to climate change, particularly in the framework of a partnership agreement with ADEME (e.g. projects: organisation of territorial workshops to raise awareness among local authorities). She is also a doctoral student on this subject at the “Territories, cities, environment & society” research unit at the University of Lille.

Erwan Cordeau, is a senior expert in the field of adaptation to climate change, supports the design of the course. His work has focused on urban heat and on the development of territorial diagnosis in the field of adaptation.

Agnès Parnaix, is a senior expert in the field of public policy assessment, will contribute to the session dealing with evaluation, data processing, and the choice of indicators. Agnès has participated in the work on the assessment of regional planning.

To learn more about ENERGee Watch keep an eye on the News Section of our website as we release information for each course as they start. You can also see the Horizon2020 ENERGee Watch Website for information and updates

Free Energy Audits Offered by 3cea Through CAN Cap Programme

Free energy audits offered to 150 Irish SMEs

 

3 Counties Energy Agency help SMEs to improve sustainability and reduce energy bills

With extreme weather events in the news almost every day, and the science showing that our behaviour is slowly and relentlessly heating the planet, more people recognise the need to change. Many Irish businesses are examining their options to move towards carbon neutrality.

 

An opportunity has been launched for Irish businesses to avail of a free energy audit as part of an Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Development Project called CANCap. Businesses that avail of this support will begin to transition to a low carbon economy and contribute towards the Government’s Climate Bill promise to half emission by 2050.

 

Offered by climate experts, 3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea), the project aims to assist SMEs, in specific industries, to improve sustainable measures and reduce energy bills by addressing deficiencies and incorporating renewable energy practices. The Climate Active Neighbourhoods Capitalisation Project (CANCap) free energy audit is available to SME, businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the Southeast region from the following sectors:

 

  • Nursing homes and healthcare providers
  • Food producersfarm foods plants
  • Convenience grocery stores and supermarkets
  • Office blocks and property management companies

 

The audits are offered exclusively by 3 Counties Energy Agency having become Irish members of the global network, the Climate Alliance, based in Germany, a partnership of nine EU countries working together for climate action.

 

Alexandra Hamilton, Senior Energy Engineer with 3cea said

 

“The energy audit will include a walk-through of the building with one of our engineers to see how and where you currently use energy. They may have a camera, meters or other equipment to conduct the survey, but it will not be disruptive, and staff can go about their day as usual. We will make our recommendations for where to save energy across the business. 3cea are registered with SEAI to deliver energy audits across the South East, and we will always highlight any grants or supports available to deliver the projects after the audit is complete.”

 

Following completion of a free energy audit, the business will receive an energy usage report. 3cea will advise on how to reduce energy bills and develop sustainable energy practices that will meet the daily objectives of the business more efficiently. Companies may qualify for further grant assistance should they wish to carry out upgrades such as solar panels, energy-efficient heating or cooling systems, insulation, or upgrade to LED lighting.

 

Under the SEAI’s Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant scheme commercial businesses can avail of up to 30 per cent of the costs of energy upgrades up to €2M maximum grant per company. A free information webinar will be held on 21st September 2021 from 1-2 pm, hosted via Zoom, and presented by 3cea Senior Engineer, Alexandra Hamilton. Those considering energy upgrades will learn more about the savings, how to go through the funding process, the benefits and grant opportunities available to Irish businesses. Register online:https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/information-session-on-energy-grants-supports-for-organisations-tickets-167741863429

 

This is a great opportunity for businesses to reduce energy usage and costs, lower their CO2 emissions and make a very positive impact on climate change. I would encourage any business considering energy upgrades to attend our information evening on September 21st to find out more.” Ms Hamilton Concluded

 

Businesses that are interested in exploring can visit our CAN Cap Homepage and express their interest by filling out the CANCap enquiry form.

Irish SME Clean Tech Receives STEPS Second Voucher

An Irish SME, Clean Tech has received the STEPS Second Voucher as the STEPS Business Support Programme successfully moves forward and shows first results. SMEs selected in March for the programme have received support from knowledge institutions and already progressed their TRL levels. Tipperary-based Clean tech are now ready to progress to the final stage and four further SMEs are already in the final stage to start testing under ‘real-life’-conditions, with partly cross-border testing involve. Meanwhile, 25 new innovative SMEs applied for the Business Support Programme and are now being assessed for enrollment.

In STEPS, business support and knowledge partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom have joined forces to strengthen the competitiveness of innovative energy storage (e-storage) providers in North-West Europe (NWE). They will do so by using a user-centric, demand-driven approach to bring products closer to the market through tailored testing. Specifically, STEPS will advise e-storage SMEs on entering new markets in NWE, engage with potential end-users, and increase the awareness of solution providers. STEPS will also connect end-users with providers of new e-storage solutions via a business support programme to increase their technological readiness level (TRL) through real-life testing.

In March, the first 20 SMEs started the STEPS journey to optimise future energy storage solutions. The initial step included support from leading knowledge institutions in the energy storage field that successfully increased the TRL of innovations. This enabled 3 SMEs to move forward and soon start real-life testing of their technology. Clean Tech, based in Clonmel, will move forward to this real-life testing phase by testing their product at Wexford County Hall.

Clean Tech TPRO Battery

Wexford County Council opened its new building, which was designed by Robin Lee Architecture, in 2011 and received a Civic Trust Award in 2012. The facility is equipped with a Building Energy Management System (BeMS) with a 10kWp PV system installed on the roof of the building. Therefore, Wexford County Hall is a viable Testbed for energy storage, testing and familiarisation with battery technology.

Wexford County Hall

Real-life testing is relevant to the participating SMEs to finetune and validate their product, to ensure compatibility in real life at end-users, and to demonstrate the value of their product. This will increase confidence in technology and provide evidence for their value proposition when entering the market. The testing will take place in all regions where testbeds are located; the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Ireland and Germany. Our testing even includes a collaboration between two supported SMEs, Zebra (NL) and Locquet (BE). These two SMEs support each other with testing at Terranova Solar in Belgium. Currently, the implementation of the storage solutions at the testbeds is being further prepared so that the SMEs can start testing their technologies after this summer. Clean Tech are expected to be set up by the end of August 2021 and will remain on site until January 2022.

The STEPS project does not stop here. In June the second call for applications was opened to aid another 20 SMEs with the Business  Support Programme. The second call for applications showed great interest from SMEs and attracted 25 applicants from DE, BE, CH, UK, IE, and NL that want to advance their innovative energy storage solutions. Currently, the applications are being assessed. We look forward to announcing the winning SMEs soon and to start working with them on accelerating NWE competitiveness and the sustainable energy transition at large.

To learn more about the STEPS Project, check out our dedicated STEPS webpage here.

CO2 standards should support deployment of renewable energy in transport independently of the technology used

  • The Life Cycle Assessment is the only means to ensure that CO2 emissions in the transport sector are accurately and comprehensively quantified.
  • Compliance assessments for vehicle manufacturers should consider the contribution of biomethane to emissions reduction.
  • Legislation should introduce a binding obligation to increase the share of sustainably produced biofuels and renewable gases in transport.

Brussels 3 June 2021 – The European biomethane industry has launched today in the framework of the EU Green Week 2021 the paper ‘Smart CO2 standards for negative emissions mobility’, which includes three key recommendations to ensure the deployment of biomethane in transport and consequently achieve a fast, cost effective shift to carbon neutral mobility in Europe by 2050.

Emissions from transport will need to be reduced by 90% relative to 1990. According to the current trends, the transport sector will fail to contribute to the reduction in emissions required to meet EU targets. To ensure the full decarbonisation of the transport sector, Europe needs to couple electrification with the deployment of all alternative fuels and technologies.

The biomethane industry welcomes the gradual replacement of fossil fuels in the transport sector, but the replacement of these fuels should not penalise the technology they use. Internal combustion engines (ICE) are compatible with renewable fuels, including biomethane. Just as renewable electricity is compatible with the same batteries that are now mostly powered by electricity from fossil origin.

The current standards have adopted an approach to measure the emissions performance of the vehicles that considers only the CO2 emissions produced by the use of the vehicles (Tank-to-Wheel), instead of considering the emissions produced across its whole lifecycle. This penalises the deployment of ICE. However, this technology is already more performant when used with fossil gas than diesel or gasoline alternatives, and high performing when used with biomethane (bio-CNG or bio-LNG1).

The environmental performance of biomethane over its complete lifecycle is excellent and has been scientifically proved in different studies, as demonstrated in this paper. Biomethane vehicles can reach even negative emission levels depending on the feedstock and technology used, but this is not recognised by the current regulation.

The updating of the CO2 emission performance standards together with other legal frameworks (e.g. RED III or DAFI) must set out a harmonised approach that enables genuinely carbon neutral and cost effective solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in transport. Eventually, this should lead to the adoption of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach in EU vehicle legislation.

Manufacturing and recycling can represent anything from one fourth to one half of the total vehicle emissions, but are entirely omitted from the current standards. Life Cycle Assessment is the only means to ensure that CO2 emissions in the transport sector are accurately and comprehensively quantified. Considering only tailpipe emissions leaves 93% (54 tonnes/58 tonnes) of transport sector carbon emissions out of the calculation2.

The CO2 emission standards should also include a new mechanism ensuring that compliance assessments for vehicle manufacturers consider the contribution of biomethane to emissions reduction. This mechanism could take the form of a crediting system or a carbon correction factor (CCF) as a function of the renewable fuel used. If a new mechanism cannot be implemented by 2025 at the latest, then the most efficient gas vehicles should be acknowledged as low emission vehicles within the current system.

The decarbonisation of transport could also be encouraged with a binding obligation for the EU to steadily increase the share of sustainably produced biofuels and renewable gases in transport, reaching 50% in ICE and hybrid vehicles by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

The sustainable production of biomethane for the coming years is large. There is a consensus that by 2030, the biogas and biomethane sectors combined can almost double their production and by 2050, production can more than quadruple. This is equivalent to 100 million passenger vehicles or 2.5 to 5 million heavy duty vehicles (HDV), depending on the type of HDV considered.

The benefits of the use of biomethane for clean mobility go far beyond the transport sector. Biomethane is at the heart of an efficient circular economy: it is the best way to recycle organic waste, produce valuable renewable gas and biofertilisers, promote sustainable and efficient farming practices and create jobs in rural areas. The potential of biogas and biomethane was also pointed out in the recent Farm-to-Fork and Methane strategies of the European Commission.

Download the paper ‘Smart CO2 standards for negative emissions mobility

Apply To Grow Your Energy Storage Innovation With The STEPS Business Support Programme

An exciting opportunity for energy storage innovators in North-West Europe to develop their technologies opens this month. The STEPS Business Support Programme works with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and offers support to take their solutions from the test stage to market ready. Operating within North-West Europe (NWE), the free programme gives SMEs the opportunity to optimise their products and develop their technologies with real-life testing.

 

With the aim to drive energy storage innovation in the region and boost the competitiveness of its businesses, STEPS hopes to accelerate the sustainable energy transition on both a local and global scale.

 

SMEs developing energy storage solutions can apply for the call starting the 25th of May 2021.

 

Energy storage (e-storage) innovators in NWE face significant challenges in getting their solutions to the market, particularly when looking for opportunities to test their technology with real end-users. This can leave their development in a state of inertia. However, SMEs working to build a cleaner, more sustainable future should be given the tools they need to succeed and accelerate the green transition. That’s why the STEPS Business Support Programme is offering support to e-storage SMEs.

 

The programme combines business support and knowledge partners from Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom to strengthen the competitiveness of innovative e-storage solution providers in the NWE region. A wide variety of roughly 20 testbed locations available through STEPS, allowing SMEs to bring their products closer to the market through tailored, real-life testing. With 10 partners specialised in a variety of e-storage areas – from technology to business expertise – the STEPS consortium provides a user-centric, demand-driven approach to developing e-storage solutions.

 

Knowledge and business partners will advise e-storage SMEs on entering new markets in NWE, engage with potential end-users, and increase the awareness of solution providers. Going further, STEPS will connect providers of new e-storage solutions with end-users via a business support programme to increase their technological readiness level (TRL) through real-life testing.

 

As electricity becomes a more significant part of our energy mix, the requirement to be able to store electricity will become increasingly important. Energy storage is another way that SME’s can reduce their energy costs and increase their efficiency, if they can access systems which provide low cost electricity when they need it.
Michael Doran – 3cea EU Projects Manager

 

Through the STEPS programme, e-storage innovators in the region will solve local challenges and become formidable competitors in the global market.

 

Apply to the programme via the STEPSNWE Application Form

Questions? Contact our EU Project Officer Dewi Dimyati-Vliexs – dewi@3cea.ie

For more information also see our dedicated STEPS Webpage

H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter Now Available

The H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter is now available on our website. The fifth newsletter from the project highlights the news and updates from the first five months of 2021. There are updates from the European Pilot Sites; Gemeente Almere in The Netherlands, Province of Flemish Brabant, Kamp C in Belgium, Thoma in Germany, and our own Kilkenny, Carlow, and Wexford. There is an update on the Digital Platform being developed by Open Systems Lab . Finally, the Newsletter also gives updates on German partner EIfI-Tech’s activities in offsite & modular methods of construction as well as 3cea’s work on the long-term goals of the project.

You can download the H4.0E Spring 2021 Newsletter here

You can also read more on 3cea’s work on H4.0E by checking out our dedicated H4.0E website page here. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media and monthly newsletter for more regular updates on the H4.0E project.

The Role of Bioenergy in Decarbonising Ireland

On the second day of the SEAI Energy Show 2021 The Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) with 3cea CEO, Paddy Phelan, presented their thoughts on ‘The Role of Bioenergy in Decarbonising Ireland’. The presentation was chaired by Seán Finan from the IrBEA and featured Teresa Patton (Green Generation), Noel Gavigan (IrBEA), and Paddy Phelan (3cea) as panelists.

Teresa Patton Discusses Bioenergy in Transport

During the presentation, the panelists discussed some of the current uses of Bioenergy, where they believe this can go, and how Ireland is well-positioned to fully embrace Bioenergy as a renewable fuel source. Terresa Patton of Green Generation discussed the importance of a circular economy and how Green Generation is looking to take food waste and use anaerobic microbes to digest the food waste and produce biogas.

Terresa stated that the emissions in transport can be saved from using green gas and she sees long-distance trucks as being a clear target for biogas. Using a representative journey of a truck going from Dublin City Centre to the outer county region, Green Generation calculates that the truck will generate 11289 kg of Co2eq in a year. Replacing these emissions with biogas is the equivalent of planting 806 mature trees. One issue long-distance drivers will face in Ireland currently, should they choose to switch to a biogas alternative, is that there isn’t many biogas refuel stations across Ireland. This is something Green Generation believes needs to be addressed in the coming years.

Noel Gavigan Discusses Bioenergy to Meet Ireland’s Heat Demands

After Terresa Patton, Noel Gavigan discussed the potential for bioenergy production in Ireland and potential sources for that energy. Currently, the Irish heat energy demand is 56 TWh (Terra-Watt hours or 1000 GWh). However, Ireland currently has the resources to produce up to 76 TWh of heat energy from bioenergy sources. These include agriculture and food-processing by-products, through biogas production, and especially through woodchips of which we have an abundance. Noel highlighted that The IrBEA will be releasing their Heat Plan next week which will highlight where they believe the future of Irish heat energy can be sourced from, using renewable sources.

Paddy Phelan Calls for Government Focus to Shift to Bioenergy and Away From Renewable Electricity

The call from Paddy Phelan (President of IrBEA) is for government focus to shift away from renewable electricity, which has failed to meet targets in the past and has serious grid constraints, and instead begin serious consideration of bioenergy sources to meet renewable energy targets. A historical lack of sufficient policy development or supports to properly plan to decarbonize the heat and transport sector has made the past few years a frustrating time in the Irish Bioenergy sector. During his talk, Paddy highlighted how electricity accounts for 20% of Ireland’s energy demand, whereas heat accounts for 40% and emits 22% of the total C02eq emissions. This highlights a clear need to position focus on renewable heat energy, where bioenergy is well-posed to reduce carbon emissions and fulfill the Irish heat energy demands as seen from Noel’s talk.


“There have been decades of under-delivery in this Heat and Transport Renewable Electricity Targets. The 2020 Renewable Electricity Energy Targets falling well short across Heat and transport.
Renewable Electricity and Electrification of heat and transport has been the policy focus, but the reality is that with grid constraints, curtailment and grid improvement infrastructure projects are not able to keep pace with the decarbonising targets for many years now.
I believe that BioEnergy as an indigenous, locally sourced dispatchable energy source that can deliver large emissions reductions across every energy community in Ireland.”

Paddy Phelan, CEO 3cea, President IrBEA


Renewable Energy Ireland’s 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan

To support this vision of the heat energy industry, coordinated by The Irish Bioenergy Association, Renewable Energy Ireland and its members across all of the renewable sectors and technologies have come together to launch the 40 by 30 plan (or Heat Plan as described by Noel Gavigan) next week. This plan establishes a vision for 2030 on how the Irish government through comprehensive and well-thought-out actions can deliver 40% renewable heat by 2030 across. The plan has identifies the potential resources, technologies, costs and sets out a clear pathway and new vision to deliver the 7% carbon emissions reductions required.

Closing out his talk, Paddy Phelan called on government and ministers to act immediately following the publication of the 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan and adopt it from Renewable Energy Ireland into the upcoming revision of the Climate Action Plan. Paddy stated that it’s time to ramp up the supports around BioEnergy to decarbonize the sector, refocus policymakers, and deliver the required actions to support the transition of heat and transport away for fossil fuels to areas such as imported gas and oil to deliver the significant emissions reduction potential from the BioEnergy Industry.

To learn more on the role of bioenergy in decarbonising Ireland and bioenergy in Ireland see the IrBEA website

And keep an eye out on our website for the release of the 40 by 30 Renewable Heat Plan.

 

STEPS Design for Safety in Battery Systems Symposium Hosted by University of Twente

The STEPS Design for safety in battery systems, hosted by University of Twente (UT), took place last month on Friday 12th March. This Symposium was focused on emphasising the importance of safety when designing battery systems and addressed the latest and most important battery safety developments around the world.

The below report is taken from Interreg NWE Report on the same Symposium which can be viewed here

With more and more people turning to renewable energy, the urgency to develop batteries is high and there is no time for the technology, “to prove itself and mature,” said Professor Braham Ferreira during the Symposium. This high pressure to develop has consequences for safety. As Deepak Pratap Singh stated, the pressure to develop quickly pushes for scientific breakthroughs that do not align with reality. Hence, as batteries develop at a fast pace, the requirements for design for safety in a battery system must too.

In her presentation, Rianne ‘t Hoen described how every energy storage system contains high energy densities. When this energy is released uncontrolled, it poses a clear risk. It is crucial to research the hazards of different battery systems and be aware of their hazardous elements such as the energy sources, the chemical sources, the materials, and the environment. Fire brigades in particular should be informed on the different hazardous elements within various battery systems so they can react accordingly in an emergency. Folkert van der Ploeg, Fire officer Twente Safety Campus, explained: the fires caused by batteries are different to ‘normal fires’ and mostly unknown to fire fighters. Nearly all speakers highlighted that the development of EU legislation and safety standards is fundamental to designing safe battery systems. As discussed during the Symposium, there is not one key solution to creating safe battery systems. To improve the safety of our battery systems we need to develop the technology, standards, and our knowledge about the systems components and the system as a whole.

See University of Twente’s Youtube channel for the highlights of the STEPS Design for Safety in Battery Systems symposium.

Also, see our own news and updates of the STEPS programme here.

3cea CEO Paddy Phelan Appointed As President of IESA

3cea CEO Paddy Phelan has been appointed as the president of the Irish Energy Storage Agency (IESA) after current president Peter Duffy announced he will step down. This appointment adds to Paddy’s current list of positions on public boards, including President of the Irish BioEnergy Association, Executive Committee of the Irish Wind Farmers Association, Member of the Chambers of Ireland Low Carbon Taskforce, and Committee Member of European Biogas Association.

The Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA) was established to promote the benefits of energy storage in Ireland. IESA represents the interests of the Irish energy storage sector, shares knowledge and experience with energy storage players worldwide, and works internationally by signing International Affiliation Agreements with representative storage bodies from other countries.

The purpose of IESA is :

  • to represent parties in the energy storage space across a range of applications including; the provision of system services, exploitation of arbitrage opportunities in the energy sector, and maximisation of the benefits of renewable energy on the island of Ireland. This would involve a wide range of technologies including batteries, flywheels, super capacitors, hydroelectric, compressed air and thermal storage.

  • to follow DS3 developments and respond to Consultations representing the views of IESA members.

  • to actively promote energy storage on the island of Ireland in order to meet the needs of the I-SEM and assist in combating climate change. IESA aims to meet these needs through providing new system services to the Transmission System Operators.

To read more about the IESA and their activities, see the IESA Website.

3cea would like to congratulate the outgoing president of the IESA, Peter Duffy on two and half years as the president of the IESA and wish him the best on his retirement.

We look forward to continually working with the IESA to meet Ireland’s current and future energy storage needs. To read more on how 3cea are currently working towards bettering the competitiveness of Irish energy storage SMEs, see our work in the EU Interreg NWE STEPS Programme.

 

carlow Kilkenny Wexford energy performance

Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford on Track to Achieve 33% Energy Reduction Target by 2020

  • Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford County Councils are 30.8% more energy efficient than in 2009
  • The three counties avoided 22,700 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the decade 2009-2019

The recently published Annual Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance covering 2019 shows that the public sector was 29% more energy efficient and on course to achieve its 33% energy efficiency target in 2020, up from 27% the previous year. This is the third year of improved performance in a row, following the introduction of the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy in 2017. The 2019 Climate Action Plan has increased the level of ambition for the public sector for the period up to 2030 by establishing two new complementary targets, a 50% improvement in energy efficiency and a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford County Councils have committed to effective energy management to making energy savings and playing their part in meeting the public sector energy efficiency targets by 2030. Local Authorities in Ireland Account for 11% of the total public sector energy consumption. Read more