Codema’s Donna Gartland shortlisted for Green Leader 2016
25th February, 2016
Her nomination is based on her work in developing the first Spatial Energy Demand Analyses (SEDAs) in Ireland for South Dublin and Dublin City Councils. These analyses involve the mapping of local energy demand (i.e. household energy, commercial energy) and matching this to the best locally-available resources in order to find the most sustainable solutions for current and future energy consumption trends. This is extremely important as there is currently a huge disconnect between traditional planning and sustainable energy planning. Donna’s research directly addresses this problem, enabling the local authorities to make strategic decisions on how energy will be provided for in their district and providing them with real opportunities for energy and CO2 savings in line with EU targets.
As a direct result of Donna’s work over the past 12 months, the SEDAs have been integrated into local-level development plans for the first time in Irish history. Her work in this area highlights (among others) the potential for district heating in the Dublin region, the locations in the city that need urgent action in order to alleviate fuel poverty and the huge number of rented dwellings that are deemed “energy poor”.
Much of Donna’s recommendations are based on Danish best-practice, applying the knowledge she gained while studying at the leading university on energy planning in Aalborg and applying this directly to the SEDAs. It is this unique understanding of countries that have achieved remarkable sustainable growth that has enabled Donna to transfer this know-how to an Irish context.
The team at here at Codema believe that Donna is a very deserving candidate for Green Leader 2016 and we will be cheering her on at the Green Awards on 14th April!
Click here to download the Spatial Energy Demand Analysis for Dublin City.
Click here to download the Spatial Energy Demand Analysis for South Dublin.