Head of IEA states investing in low carbon technologies is essential for Ireland
Ireland’s Sustainable Energy Communities Commended During IEA Visit to SEAI
The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Ms Maria van der Hoeven, today stated that investing in low-carbon technologies makes economic sense and is essential for Ireland, given its comparative advantage in renewable sources of energy. Ms Van der Hoeven, who yesterday launched the IEA’s 2012 Review of Ireland’s Energy Policies, was speaking during a visit to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in Dundalk to learn about its Sustainable Energy Communities programme and see first-hand the exemplary work which has been done in developing a sustainable energy community in Dundalk.
Ireland is advanced in initiating community-centred action to deliver sustainable energy transformation. Dundalk Sustainable Energy Community, the first of its kind in Ireland, was established in 2007. Work to date has involved the installation of energy efficient technologies in a wide range of buildings as well as implementing energy efficient behavioural change. So far annual estimated energy savings are €1,000,000 and 6,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are being avoided each year.
Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive of SEAI, said: “We are delighted to have the IEA witness the impressive achievements to date in Dundalk’s Sustainable Energy Community. We know that Irish people can have a strong sense of community spirit and when people work together great things can be achieved.”
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