Press Releases 2005

€2.2 billion spent on energy by residential sector in Ireland last year – new report reveals;
Date: 18/12/2005
Summary : The total spend on energy by the Irish residential sector in 2004 was €2.2 billion according to the findings of a new report published by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI).   

Budget Provisions on Sustainable Energy Welcome ; 34KB
Date: 07/12/2005
Summary: Provisions announced in today’s budget which will lead to increased Government support for sustainable transport, heat and power production were warmly received this afternoon by David Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Energy Ireland.

11% increase in rainfall predicted for Ireland by 2050 due to Climate Change - SEI; 54KB 
Date: 23/9/2005 
Summary: An 11% increase in rainfall in Ireland is predicted by 2050 as a result of Climate Change. That is according to David Taylor, Chief Executive – SEI, who was chairing a Climate Change seminar in Dublin today, entitled Weathering the Storm. The seminar debated the impacts of climate change in Ireland and the need for us all to take action on the energy related causes now.

Over €2 million granted for sustainable energy houses and apartments in key regions in Ireland; 32KB 
Date: 22/9/2005
Summary: Over €2 million in funding has been allocated towards energy efficient and renewable energy features in 225 apartments and 226 houses in Galway, Offaly, Louth, Donegal, Clare, Laois, Cork and Dublin. That is according to Tom Halpin from Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), who was speaking during Energy Awareness Week. 

Supply of Renewable energy in Ireland increases; 30KB
Date: 21/9/2005 
Summary: Primary energy consumption in Ireland increased by 1.5% in 2004, with renewable energy showing the highest growth rate of almost 20% to meet this growing demand. This increased the share of renewables in primary energy consumption in Ireland from 1.5% in 2003 to 2.2% in 2004. That is according to new figures published by Sustainable Energy Ireland today.

Sustainable Energy Ireland Launches News Website; 23KB 
Date: 20/9/2005 
Summary: Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has launched a new website,, as part of their Energy Awareness Week campaign to encourage Irish consumers to be more energy efficient in their everyday lives and help to combat climate change in Ireland. The website which provides information on climate change, allows consumers to calculate their energy use and highlights ways to be more energy efficient.

It Pays To Be Energy Efficient!; 27KB
Date: 20/9/2005 
Summary: Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has announced that being more energy efficient could save Irish households up to €752 per year and Ireland as a nation €576m per year. The announcement was made as part of this years’ Energy Awareness Week, the theme of which is Combat Climate Change, encouraging Irish consumers to be more energy efficient in their everyday lives.

Survey Reveals Concerns Over Climate Change in Ireland; 24KB  
Date: 18/9/2005 
Summary: Monday, 19th September - 80% of Irish people believe that Ireland’s climate is changing according to a recent survey conducted by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). 65% of those surveyed are worried about the effects of climate change and the impact it will have on future generations, with the majority citing more storms and floods and warmer summers as the most likely effects in the future. 

Ireland must strive to combat negative impacts of Climate Change, SEI urges; 108KB 
Date: 18/9/2005 
Summary: As Ireland faces major environmental challenges, including a possible 11% increase in rainfall by 2050 and even an inability by farmers to grow staple crops such as potatoes, a concerted effort is now required to combat Climate Change. That is according to Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) at the start of Energy Awareness Week 2005. The theme of this year’s campaign, which runs from 18th – 24th September, is Combat Climate Change.

Energy Efficient Housing Units Officially Opened In Galway by Minister Noel Ahern ; 19KB
Date: 15/7/2005 
Summary: Thursday, 14 July 2005 – Noel Ahern, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal, yesterday officially opened an energy efficient refurbishment project in Mervue, Galway. The project received part funding of €240,000 from Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) for the energy efficient features of the buildings.

Energy Efficient Development Launched in Monaghan - to result in heating bill savings in excess of 20%; 29KB
Date: 1/7/2005 
Summary: Friday, July 1, 2005 – An energy efficient property development was today launched in Carrickroe, Co. Monaghan, built by local developer Aiden McCarron and supported by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). 

New concept in building design offers thermal comfort without the need for heating; 36KB
Date: 22/6/2005 
Summary: A new approach to designing buildings, known as passive solar design, has come to Ireland, offering excellent thermal comfort, but requiring virtually no heating. This fundamental rethink in the way buildings are being designed, constructed and operated has been brought to the forefront by the continued threat of climate change and the volatility of oil prices. 

Energy Efficient Housing Development to Result in Reduced Heating Bills of up to 50 per cent; 20KB 
Date: 13/6/2005 
Summary: Launched in Macroom, County Cork by Minister Batt O'Keefe  
Conference hightlights opportunities for investors in Irish biomass projects - SEI; 41KB
Date: 20/5/2005 
Summary: While activity in the alternative energy market in Ireland has to date been dominated by wind energy, investment opportunities should also be considered in biomass projects such as wood pellet manufacturing plants.

Wood energy could help alleviate problem of volatile oil prices in Ireland - SEI; 43KB
Date: 19/5/2005 
Summary: Wood energy has potential to contribute €70 million to rural ecomomy in Ireland  
Wood energy market could contribute €70 million to rural economy in Ireland - SEI; 33KB
Date: 11/5/2005 
Summary: With a favourable growing climate, Ireland has the potential to develop an indigenous fuel supply from forestry and wood industry waste for domestic and industrial markets. By 2020 refined wood fuels produced in Ireland could be meeting 3 - 5% of our heating needs and contributing approximately €70 million per year to the rural economy.

Services sector one of the fastest growing for energy consumption in Ireland; 41KB 
Date: 6/5/2005 
Summary: Hospitality sub-sectors among the hightest users of energy  
Minister launches primary schools Energy Education Resource; 31KB
Date: 6/5/2005 
Summary: Sustainable Energy Ireland targets pupils aged 5 to 8 with "Guzzler's Big Book on Energy"  
Draft action plan for implementing EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive published  
Date: 27/4/2005 
Summary: Public urged to consult draft plan and give feedback. New Directive to help increase energy efficiency of Irish building stock. Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has today published the draft action plan for Ireland’s implementation of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The plan, prepared by an inter-Departmental working group drawn from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and SEI, will be open for public consultation until 29th July, 2005.   more... 
€7 million in grant support committed to stimulate deployment of renewable energy technologies in Ireland; 33KB 
Date: 12/4/2005 
Summary: In a bid to stimulate the deployment of renewable energy technologies that are close to market, €7 million in grant funding has already been committed to renewable energy research, development and demonstration (RE RD&D) projects in Ireland. That is according to Mr. David Taylor, Chief Executive – Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), who was speaking in Dublin at the launch of a report on renewable energy deployment in Ireland.   
Four leading colleges in Ireland achieve reductions in energy consumption through new monitoring initiative; 41KB
Date: 28/2/2005 
Summary: College Energy Management Bureau enjoys successful first year Annual energy savings of 3.3% achieved in 2004, exceeding targets.  
Energy efficiency must become a business imperative for all companies in Ireland as Kyoto Protocol is enforced - SEI; 37KB  
Date: 28/2/2005 
Summary: Sustainable Energy Awards launched for second year   
Sustainable Energy Awards launched for second year; 33KB
Date: 24/2/2005 
Summary: With increasing pressure on Ireland to reduce levels of harmful greenhouse gas emissions as the Kyoto Protocol is enforced, greater energy efficiency must become a business imperative for all companies. That is according to David Taylor, Chief Executive of Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), who was speaking at the launch of the second annual Sustainable Energy Awards.  
Four leading colleges in Ireland achieve reductions in energy consumption through new monitoring initiative; 41KB pdf   
Date: 24/2/2005 
Summary: Average annual energy savings of 3.3% have been achieved by four Dublin-based colleges as part of a new University Energy Management Bureau initiative. The Bureau, called e3 and launched in 2004 by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), unites four of Ireland’s largest third level institutions, in an effort to reduce their annual energy consumption.  
Energy-related CO2 emissions declining in Ireland, new report shows; 56kb  
Date: 26/1/2005 
Summary: New figures from Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), published today, show that energy-related CO2 emissions in Ireland have decreased by 2% in 2003.  

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