Lidl wins sustainable energy in business award

(L-R) Paddy Sweeney from Enprova, Paul Moloney from Iidl, and Julie O'Neill; Chairperson of SEAI Pic. Keith Arkins
(L-R) Paddy Sweeney from Enprova, Paul Moloney from Iidl, and Julie O'Neill; Chairperson of SEAI Pic. Keith Arkins

The Sustainable Energy Awards Ireland have taken place, at which Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland was named winner of the Large Business Energy Project, during which it drastically reduced energy consumption across its entire store network.

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6 November 2018 | 0

The Sustainable Energy Awards took place at a Gala event this week, at which Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland was named winner of the Large Business Energy Project award. The Sustainable Energy Awards reward excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and in the public sector.

Together, the businesses considered for the awards made a combined energy savings of €38m, the organisers said.

Lidl’s sustainable energy programme is based on challenging the “life cycle” of energy in order to identify improvements, from end users in stores, all the way upstream to the source of energy supply. The result has been a reduction in carbon intensity of over 50% versus 2016 levels, and cost savings of €600,000.

Congratulating all participants in this year’s competition, Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said he is heartened by the projects put forward by each business. “It is great to see such passion and creativity being directed at what is the most crucial issue of our time,” Bruton said. “The innovative approaches taken by the finalists, demonstrate the expertise Ireland has in this area and will inspire others to follow suit.”

Congratulating the finalists and award winners on the night, Jim Gannon, chief executive of SEAI, said the awards are a “vivid demonstration of how Irish business, communities and public organisations are pushing the boundaries in energy efficiency and the switch to clean energy.

“The 80+ entrants in this year’s awards have made energy savings of €38 million,” Gannon pointed out, “and they are responsible for €30m in energy generated from renewables, which is equivalent to powering 166,000 homes.”

Other winners of the awards included; Gurteen College, Tipperary; EirGrid; Rediscovery Centre, Ballymun; The Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny; Sligo University Hospital; Aran Islands Community Energy Cooperative, Galway; MPower, Dublin; and Wyeth Nutrition, Limerick.

For full details on all winning projects, visit www.seai.ie.

 

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