COUNCILS RENEW SEAI PARTNERSHIP ON SUSTAINABLE GOAL TARGETS

Nov 8, 2023 | Nationwide News

Frank Curran, Chairperson of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) pictured with William Walsh, CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), at the LGMA offices on Ushers Quay, Dublin where the partnership agreement was signed.

The County and City Management Association (CCMA) has collaborated with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to reach their decarbonising targets for 2030 under the SEAI’s Public Sector ‘Partnership’ Support Programme.

Partnership enables local authorities to access expert advice on energy efficiency and energy-related decarbonisation including bespoke supports for partners. The SEAI has a long-standing relationship with local authorities focusing on their energy efficiency and now this decarbonisation journey.

Within the Public Sector ‘Partnership’ Support Programme, the SEAI provides all partners with a Partnership Support Manager (PSM), to assess their status against four criteria identified by the SEAI as ‘critical’ to achieving their targets. These are Energy Management, Project Pipeline, Strategy and Overall Performance.

Upon assessment, the SEAI recommends actions and areas which can be improved.  The programme also liaises the SEAI Pathfinder programme which brings capital to bear for building deep retrofit projects.

William Walsh, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), said that partnership with local authorities will be critical to enabling the delivery of Ireland’s climate obligations. “Local authorities are key to supporting the role that citizens, communities, businesses and the public sector will play in the sustainable energy transition. Living within our carbon budgets is essential, and local authorities are pivotal to influencing systemic change in the way we do things nationwide. The impact of our partnership will support a continued commitment to achieving 2030 targets.”

According to Frank Curran, Chair of the County and City Management Association (CCMA), the councils are key to delivering Ireland’s national climate action ambitions. “The local government sector leads communities, integrating energy efficiency and emission reduction across our operations. With the continued support of the SEAI, local authorities will remain committed to meeting the challenge of sustaining, if not increasing, business operations and services for our growing population, while aiming to deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

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