The North West’s Renewable Energy Business Network – Ren Net hosted a Low Energy Buildings and Supply Chains Conference in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal on the 27th February 2015.
Video footage available here, see below for speakers presentations.
Donegal County Council Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, and Cathaoirleach, John Campbell officially opened the conference which illustrated how the North West can become a low carbon economy by engaging all the key stakeholders.
Speakers included Dr. John Doran, Lecturer in Wind Energy Technology, Engineering and Innovation, Technology and Business at Letterkenny Institute of Technology who highlighted how the North West Region is committed to sustainability and to meeting EU and Government targets for reductions in harmful emissions.
Amanda Gallagher, Energy & Sustainability Consultant at Easlár, based in Donegal spoke about Sustainable Buildings including One Planet Living, Greenprint for Masterplans and BREEAM and its use in Ireland and the UK. Amanda has recently won BREEAM Assessor of the Year at the BREEAM 2015 awards hosted by BRE in London This is the first time an assessor from Ireland has won this award.
Lis O’Brien, Chartered Architect and Sustainable Energy Engineer who is the Project Support Officer for the Centre for Rural and Sustainable Development at the Development Unit in Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) presented the EU funded QualiBuild project which is focused on the implementation of the Build Up Skills Ireland Roadmap; the strategy and action plan for bringing the knowledge, skills and competences of Irish construction workers to the level that will allow them to confidently produce low energy buildings meeting the latest building regulations and, therefore, contribute significantly to Ireland’s energy reduction targets. Quailbuild will be providing 200 construction workers throughout Ireland with free Foundation Energy Skills training as part of the project and a call is currently underway for those wishing to avail of a free Train the Trainer course. QualiBuild is co-funded under the EU Intelligent Energy for Europe programme as part of the Build Up Skills Initiative.
John Flynn from SEAI spoke of the opportunities for Community Based grant funding under the Better Energy Communities and Sustainable Energy Communities Schemes.
Mairéad Ní Thalóid from Udaras na Gaeltachta presented the GREAT (Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies) project an EU funded project under the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme with funding available to SME’s.
Joanne Holmes Ren Net Project Officer Donegal County Council spoke on the success of Ren Net – the North West’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Network which provided supports to small businesses through various avenues of tailored mentoring, training and best practice trips to the UK and Europe while also creating more awareness of the Green Economy in the North West.
The conference was filmed by DonegalTV and full video coverage is available at this link or you can click on each speakers name below:
- Seamus Neely Chief Executive Donegal County Council
- Cathaoirleach John Campbell Donegal County Council
- Renewable Energy and Energy Supply Chains in the North West – Dr John Doran LYIT
- Ren Net – North West Green Economy Network Joanne Holmes – Donegal County Council
- Ren Net member Testimonial – Christy Lynch Efficient Renewables Ltd
- Ren Net member Testimonial – Michael Kavanagh MK Flooring
- Qualibuild – Foundation Energy Skills Programme – Lis O’Brien – Limerick Institute of Technology
- Ren Net member Testimonial – Catherine Deery – Bawn Solutions
- SEAI Better Energy Communities Grant Scheme – John Flynn – SEAI
- BREEAM and Environmental Assessment Methods – Amanda Gallagher – Easlar
- The Great Project – Mairéad Ní Thalóid – Udaras na Gaeltachta
- Ren Net – A vision for the future – Stephen Friel – Friel Consulting
- Ren Net member Testimonial – Bert Galbraith – Galbraith Construction
- Cllr Paul Canning Chair North West Region Cross Border Group
Presentations from the speakers are available below by clicking on each topic: