NUI Galway scoops top prize at national Energy Awards

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From left: Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Seán Farrell, Building Services Engineer, NUI Galway; Michael Curran, Head of NUI Galway’s Building Services; Lorraine Rushe, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, NUI Galway; Noel O’Connor, Assistant Director of Estates Operations, NUI Galway; and Julie O’Neill, Chair of SEAI.

NUI Galway has won the top prize at the 2019 Energy Awards at a gala event hosted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The university impressed the judges with its inclusive and long-term approach to energy management.

As part of NUI Galway’s strategy, the Energy Team run initiatives and campaigns which encourage and provide tools to students and staff on how they can reduce energy use on campus and in their homes.

Already at 36% energy reduction, NUI Galway is continuing to work towards their ambitious target of a 40% energy reduction by 2020.

Earlier this year, the University was awarded the internationally recognised Green Flag by An Taisce’s Green-Campus programme on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The SEAI award further demonstrates the Universities commitment to sustainability and its achievements to date.

Assistant Director of Estates Operations, Noel O’Connor, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award, it validates the hard work and dedication that the Energy Team has been putting in for many years.

“We all have a role to play in helping to build a sustainable society, and universities in particular, have a responsibility to promote sustainability through leadership, education, knowledge exchange, research and corporate social responsibility.

“A sustainable campus is one which maintains a green and healthy environment, promotes the use of resources efficiently and instils in graduates and staff the importance of urgently tackling environmental challenges.” 

Nine awards in total were presented to businesses, communities and public sector organisations recognising their commitment and dedication to excellence in energy management and creating a cleaner energy future.

Congratulating all the finalists and award winners, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, said: “How we respond to the challenge of climate disruption will define us as a generation.

“These awards are a good opportunity to highlight those taking leadership and managing their energy use in a more sustainable way.”