1 January 2012 – 31 December 2016 (36 months)
Emerge provided a platform for communications among stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia and the community, and facilitated innovation, project replication and capacity-building for a more sustainable energy future for Dublin City.
Codema was responsible for the project management of the Emerge project on behalf of Dublin City Council. We prepared the project charter for 2013, which clearly defined the objectives of Dublin’s Sustainable Energy Community. This also involved designing, timing and budgeting sustainable energy projects for Emerge. As Project Manager, Declan McCormac was responsible for the communication with the Steering Committee and arranged monthly meetings. Codema was also involved in the branding of the initiative and formulated a marketing plan outlining communication activities via website, leaflets and press releases.
Emerge was part of the Sustainable Energy Community initiative, set up by SEAI in 2011, which saw the formation of three exemplar sustainable energy communities around Ireland to demonstrate best-practice in sustainable energy. In 2012, the Sustainable Energy Community concentrated on a 4km2 zone in Dublin City Centre and included two additional nodes – Grangegorman and Ballymun. Projects mainly represented energy-efficient improvement measures specifically in public buildings and social housing. In 2013, the geographical focus of the initiative – now renamed to Emerge – is the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) in the Dublin Docklands, which allows the triple-helix Steering Committee to have involvement in planning and regulatory issues. Codema organised an Emerge workshop in the DDDA building in April 2013, which was facilitated by Michael Donnelly of Perspectivity and aimed at formulating ideas to a formal submission to the SDZ. Another Emerge workshop was held in May 2014 in the Convention Centre Dublin, on district heating in Dublin. Conference proceedings and a short video are available for download below.