Mid East Energy Unit launched in Wicklow
12th December, 2022
Codema is delighted to announce that from the new year, we will provide a range of core services to Wicklow, Meath, and Kildare County Councils, who have come together to address their combined climate mitigation ambitions through the formation of the Mid-East Energy Unit.
The establishment of the Mid-East Energy Unit will provide a platform for the three local authorities to work collaboratively to bring about measurable climate action mitigation, encourage a culture of energy saving and carbon reduction in the region and, with the SEAI, to provide support services for energy management, awareness, auditing, opportunity identification, and project development and delivery in the region.
Codema to will work in partnership with the three Local Authorities to support them in meeting their 2030 energy efficiency and carbon emission targets through the identification and implementation of energy efficiency and low-carbon projects. The long-term goal is to establish and embed structured energy management practices within the local authorities to help them to fulfil their exemplary leadership role with respect to climate action.
Codema's initial services on behalf of the Mid-East Energy Unit will focus on:
● A review of current energy management practices, with a focus on M&R reporting to date.
● Establishing a pipeline of projects and a pathway to meet mandatory public sector energy targets by 2030. This will be informed by the Gap-To-Target as set out in the M&R tool.
● The facilitation and delivery of the pipeline of projects over a 3-year period, working with internal dedicated staff and energy teams.
Speaking at the launch on Thursday (Dec 8) in County Buildings, Cllr Tommy Annesley, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, stated that: “The Energy Unit will progress and deliver agreed public sector energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in the region of the three Local Authorities. These projects will demonstrate best practice, build capacity for the three local authorities and allow for scalable models for future projects.”
Mr Brian Gleeson, Chief Executive, Wicklow County Council, also acknowledged the work of the Eastern and Midland Climate Action Regional Office who collaborated with the three local authorities and the SEAI in driving this initiative, emphasised that Climate Action “needs to be a whole of organisation effort and in coming together as a region, the potential to effect even greater change is further enhanced."