Workshop included a site visit to view first hand the social housing units being retrofitted by Cork City Council, and explored how Ireland can affect real behavioural change in energy consumption in social housing and to understand wider benefits of the retrofitting programme when developing the Regional Action Plan
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The Southern Regional Assembly, in conjunction with Cork City Council, hosted a workshop for the EMPOWER project in Cork city recently.

The workshop was highly participative and provided useful insights to the Southern Regional Assembly for the purposes of the EMPOWER project.

A broad range of participants attended including national policymakers – the Office of Public Works, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and higher educational institutes – Waterford Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology. Other participants included NCE, Ultan Technologies Ltd and Cork Environmental Forum.

Retrofitting programme for social housing units


Brian Cassidy, senior executive engineer from Cork City Council provided a presentation on the retrofitting programme for social housing units in Cork city, which will be used to pilot the EMPOWER energy efficiency equipment. A number of interregional project partners were then invited to make presentations to stakeholders and invited guests.

Ruby Ganchou, ALEON, the local energy agency in Lorient, France, provided a presentation on the ‘Social Dimension of Energy Monitoring, Users Involvement and Behaviour Changes’; and Joao Cleto, Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, Portugal, provided a presentation on the ‘HERB project – Holistic Energy Efficient Retrofitting of Social Housing in Almada’.

The workshop included a site visit to view first hand the social housing units being retrofitted by Cork City Council. It also allowed the exploration of how Ireland can affect real behavioural change in energy consumption in social housing and to understand more fully the wider benefits of the retrofitting programme when developing the Regional Action Plan.

Details about the Cork city workshop can be found on the EMPOWER project website www.interregeurope.eu/empower.

Dynamically monitoring energy efficiency in buildings


EMPOWER is a five-year, inter-regional project which commenced in January 2017. The project aims to reduce carbon output by dynamically monitoring energy efficiency in buildings, with a special focus on innovative methods of financing.

It consists of nine partners: Ireland, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, France, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Spain. The project was approved for a grant of €1.90 million by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund.

For more about the EMPOWER project, you can read here www.interregeurope.eu/empower or email: rpower@southernassembly.ie

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The Southern Regional Assembly, in conjunction with Cork City Council, hosted a workshop for the EMPOWER project in Cork city recently. The workshop was highly participative and provided useful insights to the Southern Regional Assembly for the purposes of the EMPOWER project. A broad range of participants attended including national policymakers...