North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has urged County Cork businesses to apply for funding to help them save 30% a year on energy costs.
Cllr. O’Shea said that applications to the SEAI Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) Scheme are now open. A fund of up to €6 million is available for projects delivering best practice in the design, construction and management of buildings for optimum energy efficiency.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “A total of five businesses saved a combined €255,861 on energy costs thanks to this scheme last year.
“Recognising increased potential and growing appetite for investment in this area, a total of €6m has been allocated funding for this programme this year – almost about double the value of the demand in last year’s scheme.
“Successful applicants will be currently in the design phase of planning capital projects for new or existing buildings.
“In order to qualify for a grant, participants must follow the SEAI EXEED standard and embed energy efficiency measures in the design of their projects.
“The grant is open to public and private organisations who are planning an investment project of any scale or complexity.
“Energy savings in excess of 30% are common and in addition to the energy and climate impacts, the SEAI EXEED certification will assist businesses to become more efficient, competitive and resilient.
“The government are committed to making Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Minister Bruton is currently developing an all of government plan, which will have actions across all sectors according to strict timelines. Ensuring our built environment uses energy efficiently is critical to delivering on this ambition,” Cllr. O’Shea said.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton said: “A huge range of bodies ranging from local GAA clubs to Data Centres and from hospitals to agribusiness have made savings of over 30% in their energy costs through the scheme.
“The certification it yields is a great selling point for climate aware leaders.”