Comprising of over 400 communities around Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Irelands (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) network is a community led program aiming to identify local energy use, improve energy efficiency, promote renewable and sustainable energy technologies and reduce carbon footprint. While many communities around Ireland have been influencing local energy use for years, others are thinking about it for the first time. The aim of this network is to encourage and support a national movement of SEC’s in every part of the country.
Together, the aim is to:
- Develop an understanding of our local energy related needs and consumption.
- Share our knowledge with other SEC’s.
- Improve the community’s energy efficiency.
- Utilise renewable and sustainable energy technologies where possible.
- Use smart energy technology.
- Reduce the communities carbon footprint.
- Contribute to the community’s economic development and boost local employment.
- Enhance public wellbeing.
- Promote and grow community engagement.
Strong organisation skills and collaboration are essential for an SEC to ensure that common objectives are established. In this collaboration, the whole community has a role to play – the local authority, local politicians and planners, public and private bodies, developers, businesses, energy suppliers and service providers, technical experts, educational institutions, residents associations and householders.
If you would like to learn more about the SEC programme please contact Laurence O’Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SEAI’s SEC webpage HERE. You can also follow the link below to register your community as an SEC and start on the journey of sustainability.