SEAI Energy Updates, May/June 2019
SEAI would like to thank the record number of schools that completed their energy monitoring and reporting (M&R) requirement for 2018.
The data will be used to track the public sector’s progress towards its 33% energy efficiency target for 2020 and will be included in the next Annual Report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance (to be published later this year). Schools that have not reported can register with SEAI at any time by contacting email@example.com. The online system is now closed for 2018 reporting but you can find details and supports for next year at: www.seai.ie/schoolsmandr
SEAI One Good Idea Competition 2019 – winners announced!
20 finalists reached the SEAI One Good Idea National Finals, which took place on 14th May in Dublin Castle. The SEAI One Good Idea Competition encourages students to create innovative campaigns. These can make a big difference in how we use energy in our daily lives. This year, over 200 campaigns were developed by young people all over Ireland. Full details of the winners are at https://www.seai.ie/teaching-sustainability/one-good-idea/2019-winners/
Beech Hill College from Monaghan has been named the winner of the 2019 SEAI One Good Idea Competition. The campaign aims to make a #plexit from all single-use plastics in their school. The group inspired their school to ban single-use plastic bottles and introduce reusable aluminium bottles instead. They also changed all single-use plastic in the school canteen to reusable or biodegradable alternatives.
The primary winner was Burnchurch National School in Kilkenny. Their campaign encourages their community to reduce, repair, reuse and repurpose their t-shirts. They promoted the circular economy for greener fashion to save energy, minimise waste and make the most of natural resources.
Interested in reducing your school’s energy costs?
The Energy in Education programme offers a range of supports developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills designed to help schools to improve energy management practices, reduce school operating costs and protect the environment.
For more information or to register your interest in attending an energy management course in the Autumn go to: http://www.energyineducation.ie/Energy_In_Education/Information_for_Schools/Energy_Management_Courses/index.html.
Top Energy Tips
Did you know a large school could waste over €1,000 on electricity over the summer? With the summer holidays approaching it is important for schools to completely switch off as much energy consuming equipment as is practical. Check out the factsheet for more tips on how to save money and energy when you shut down for summer.
For more tips on how to save your school energy and money visit www.energyineducation.ie
For teaching resources and workshops for pupils visit www.seai.ie/teaching-sustainabiliity
Sign up to SEAI’s schools ezine here and keep up to date on new resources and supports for teaching energy and sustainability in school