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More Carbon Reduction by Dynamically Monitoring Energy Efficiency

EMPOWER Workshop Cork City - April 2019 - Site Visit and Exchange of Experiences

More Carbon Reduction by Dynamically Monitoring Energy Efficiency. The Southern Regional Assembly in conjunction with Cork City Council hosted a workshop for the EMPOWER project on 27th March 2019 in Cork City. The workshop was highly participative and provided great insights to the Southern Regional Assembly for the purposes of the EMPOWER project.  A broad range of participants attended including National Policy Makers – The Office of Public Works, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Higher Educational Institutes – Waterford Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology.  Other participants included NCE, Ultan Technologies Ltd and Cork Environmental Forum.

Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer from Cork City Council provided a presentation on the retrofitting programme for social housing units in Cork City which will be used to pilot the EMPOWER energy efficiency equipment.  We then invited some of our Interregional Project Partners to make presentations to our stakeholders and invited guests.     

Ruby Ganchou (ALEON, the local energy agency in Lorient, France) provided a presentation on The Social Dimension of Energy Monitoring, Users Involvement and Behaviour Changes and Joao Cleto (Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, Portugal) provided a presentation on the HERB project – Holistic Energy Efficient Retrofitting of Social Housing in Almada.

The workshop included a site visit to view first-hand the social housing units being retrofitted by Cork City Council.  It also allowed us to explore how Ireland can affect real behaviour change in energy consumption in social housing and to understand more fully the wider benefits of the retrofitting programme when developing our Regional Action Plan.  

Details about the Cork City Workshop can be found on the Empower project website www.interregeurope.eu/empowerYou are also very welcome to find out more about EMPOWER best practices developed in each partner region in GOOD PRACTICE REGISTER.

EMPOWER is a five-year, inter-regional project which commenced January 2017. The project aims to reduce carbon output by dynamically monitoring energy efficiency in buildings, with a special focus on innovative methods of financing. Consisting of 9-partners: from Ireland, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, France, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Spain. The project was approved for a grant of €1.90m by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund. 

For more about the EMPOWER project, you can read here www.interregeurope.eu/empower or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/interregempower and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Empower0/

Southern Regional Assembly, Waterford, Ireland

Ms. Rose Power, EU Projects Officer, rpower@southernassembly.ie






€31m project secured for floating wind project in North West Europe

European Marine Energy Centre leads consortium from Ireland, the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany

March 2019: A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo, by 2022. The project is led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) working in partnership with SEAI, SAIPEM and other organisations in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Funding for the project has been secured from Interreg North West Europe to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind. The project will demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of a floating offshore wind technology. It will also support the development of an active supply chain in the region which has some of the strongest wind and ocean resources in the world. The project is known as AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) and is the first project of its kind at such scale to draw on expertise from right across Europe.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. said:

Decarbonising our electricity supply will be crucial to becoming a leader in climate change. We are fortunate in Ireland to have such a fantastic wind energy resource. Almost one third of Ireland’s electricity currently comes from renewables, with wind being the highest contributor. However, we need to step up our ambition in this area and stretch ourselves farther. I welcome this project as an excellent opportunity to further explore the potential of offshore wind.”

Commenting on the reasoning for choosing offshore wind, Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director at EMEC said:

                “Over the past 15 years EMEC has hosted more ocean energy technologies at its real sea test berths in the UK than any other facility in the world. We have developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can now be transferred to the testing and demonstration of floating offshore wind to help it make the most cost effective and rapid transition to commercialisation.” 

EMEC is thrilled that this project will enable continuation of the important work that EMEC has been conducting with SEAI on development of offshore test sites in Ireland over the past four years. If floating offshore wind technology can operate reliably and efficiently on the west coast of Ireland, it will work anywhere. Through this project we hope that the successful technology demonstrations will fundamentally expand the global offshore wind market.”

Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI said:

                         “SEAI is delighted to be part of the consortium and welcomes this initial step of gaining support from Interreg. We recognise that there are many significant steps to be taken to deliver this ambitious project and we will work with all project partners and local and national stakeholders to maximise local and national benefits. This project will show Ireland’s strengths, not only in terms of its significant wind resources, but also as a responsive, innovative and agile country”.

Stefano Porcari, Chief Operating Officer of Saipem's E&C Offshore Division and CEO of SAIPEM SA said:

“SAIPEM continues its commitment to diversify its core business to offering modern solutions to the renewable energy market. This project represents for us a unique opportunity to prove our Floating Wind technology in severe environments. This full-scale floating turbine complements SAIPEM sets of integrated services part of the fixed offshore wind capabilities consolidating the pioneering spirit of our company which pushes the boundaries of the Energy Industry a bit further. Together with our consortium partners, we will work on the feasibility and the cost effectiveness of this floating offshore wind project for a low carbon emission energy environment.”

SAIPEM SA will be supported by project partners with research and development insights coming from Cable Life Cycle Assurance (CaLiCyA) in France, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) in Germany, University College Cork and Electricity Supply Board Engineering & Major Projects (ESB E&MP) in Ireland.

EMEC will manage the project from the UK, with the initial kick off meeting of partners taking place in Dublin on March 12th. Once planning, permitting and supply chain requirements are in place, the floating turbine will be tested for a year at SEAI’s Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) off the west coast of Ireland. Deployment is currently planned for 2022. By testing at AMETS, the technology developed in AFLOWT will be proven in the harshest of North West Europe’s offshore environments, readying it for application at any deep-water offshore environment across the world.


For further information, contact:


Lisa MacKenzie, Marketing and Communications Manager, EMEC
Tel: +44 (0)1856 852207
Email: lisa.mackenzie@emec.org.uk


Johnny Fallon, Carr Communications
Tel: +353 85 889 5103
Email: johnny@carrcommunications.ie


Media relations
Tel: +39 0244234088
E-mail: media.relations@saipem.com

Interreg North-West Europe Joint Information Event hosted by SEUPB

Interreg North-West Europe Joint Information Event hosted by SEUPB

Interreg North-West Europe Programme and Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) are hosting a joint application clinic on 16th April in Newry for potential applicants interested in applying under Call 9.

Both the Interreg North-West Europe UK National Contact Point Filippo Compagni and the Irish National Contact Point Rita McGarvey will facilitate the one-to-one meetings which will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to gain advice and pointer on their project proposal ahead of the call 9 deadline for step 1 applications on 14th June 2019.

This event will be held at the offices of InterTrade Ireland in Newry, Co. Down.

To register for the event, email Gerry Bradley SEUPB, gerry.bradley@seupb.eu by 1st April. A meeting time will be assigned with the National Contact Point.

For further information on Call 9 log on to the Interreg North-West Europe Programme website www.nweurope.eu or contact Rita McGarvey, National Contact Point for Ireland on 051 860700.

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website, Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, was launched to inform Irish businesses and citizens about the approach the Government of Ireland is taking in light of the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Brexit presents unprecedented political, economic and diplomatic challenges for Ireland. How these challenges are handled will be a major factor in shaping the future of our island and our relationship with Britain for years to come.

The website gives updates on the Government’s most recent engagements, outreach events, and ongoing consultation work on Brexit, including information on resources and financial supports available from all Government Departments and Agencies to help businesses to get Brexit ready. 

For further information and to sign up for email alerts, visit Getting Ireland Brexit Ready


Good Practice in the MARIE Project

Another significant milestone was achieved in the MARIE Project with the publication of our Good Practice ‘Broadening the Scope of Impact’.

As a partner on the MARIE project, the Southern Regional Assembly, in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), has submitted a ‘Good Practice’ outlining how to broaden the scope of impact of research. We anticipate this will advance project MARIE’s overall goal of improving regional public policy in support of the delivery and mainstreaming of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).  By supporting commitment to responsibility, the project helps to create smart, sustainable and inclusive regions.

Impact in this instance is defined as the “demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy” 

How does this help me as a citizen?

While many of us may not be aware of the far-reaching consequences of research it seeps into our daily lives.  This good practice has been designed to not only recognise scientific excellence but also to acknowledge the potential impact of research on areas such as society, population, health & wellbeing, food & energy security issues, environmental protection while supporting Government Policy.   Measuring the broader impact increases responsibility resulting in greater accountability to citizens as significant public money is spent on scientific research therefore it is necessary to show value for money. 

RRI is a relatively new concept in Southern & Eastern region of Ireland but SFI are pioneering the way for others to foster RRI into their daily working lives.  Our partnership on the MARIE project will assist SFI in realising their vision of Ireland being the world’s best for both scientific research excellence and impact by 2020.   

MARIE is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by CISE – Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florì-Cesena, Italy.


MARIE will run until 2021, find out more about MARIE at www.interregeurope.eu/marie/

Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer, Southern Regional Assembly

Phone: +353 (0) 51 860 706         Email: kcoughlan@southernassembly.ie