36 organisations shortlisted for Ireland's sustainable energy awards

Thirty six Irish companies and organisations that have introduced effective sustainable energy initiatives have been shortlisted for the 2011 Sustainable Energy Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a gala event in Dublin on 24 November 2011. 

Presented by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and sponsored by ESB Electric Ireland, the awards are designed to provide an opportunity for organisations, regardless of size or sector, to gain public recognition for their achievements in reducing energy use and CO2 emissions.

According to the SEAI, all the shortlisted companies have successfully introduced sustainable energy initiatives which have seen them benefit from substantial energy and cost savings. 

For example, the National Aquatic Centre installed over 40 variable speed drives on its air handling units and water pumps. In total, the centre achieved energy savings of 11pc on gas and 27pc on electricity in the five months since the initiative was implemented. This reduction in energy use was achieved with no impact on the building’s operational environment or to the public. 

And the introduction of a heat recovery system at Green Isle Foods’ Sligo plant saw thermal energy use reduce by 72pc, while the installation of a ground water source heat pump at UCC will lead to avoided CO2 emissions of up to 56pc each year.

Each of the 105 entries submitted to the awards were evaluated on the vision and objectives behind the project or initiative, the drivers and business case, the innovation and approach, the successful implementation, and the demonstrated energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions and replication potential. 

The SEAI said other notable entrants include EMC2 Information Systems International, which is nominated in three categories (Integrated Energy Management Award for Major Users; Energy Manager of the Year Award; and the Energy Awareness Award) and Bostik Industries Ltd, which is also nominated for three awards (Energy Efficiency Award for Small to Medium Users; Energy Management Award for Small to Medium Users and Energy Awareness Award).


2011 Sustainable Energy Awards Shortlist

Category A – Energy Efficiency Award for a Small to Medium Users

  • Green Isle Foods (Gurteen)
  • Fingal County Council
  • Bostik Industries Ltd
  • Friends First Life Assurance Company Ltd

Category B – Energy Management Award for Small to Medium Users

  • Muiriosa Foundation (Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary)
  • Techrete (Ireland) Ltd
  • Recordati Ireland Ltd
  • Bostik Industries Ltd

Category C – Energy Efficiency Award for Major Users

  • National Aquatic Centre
  • Radio Telefís Éireann (RTE)
  • Páirc an Chrócaigh Teo
  • Dublin Port Company
  • Electrical & Pump Services Ltd. T/A EPS Group
  • Novartis Ringaskiddy Ltd
  • EMC2Information Systems International

Category D – Integrated Energy Management Award for Major Users

  • Transitions Optical
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • EMC2Information Systems International
  • Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

Category E – Energy Manager of the Year Award for Major Users

  • Astellas Ireland Company Ltd (Kerry Plant)
  • Lisheen Mine
  • University College Cork (UCC)
  • EMC2Information Systems International

Category F – Renewable Energy Systems Award

  • Eco Life Energy
  • University College Cork (UCC)

Category G – Energy Awareness Award

  • Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals
  • Dairygold Food Ingredients
  • EMC2 Information Systems International
  • Bostik Industries Ltd

Category H – Energy Sustainability in the Build Environment Award

  • Building Design Partnership (BDP)
  • Building Design Partnership (BDP)
  • Tralee Town Council (Kerry County Council)

Category I – Sustainable Energy Innovation Award

  • Cylon Active Energy Ltd
  • Kerry County Council
  • Irish Aviation Authority
  • Friends First Life Assurance Co. Ltd

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