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Energy Saving Initiatives Help CLVEC Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

Date: 11 Mar 2013
The core aim of the campaign was reduce energy needs to the lowest practicable levels whilst retaining the required operation needs of the organisation and its centres and schools.
CLVEC applied to SEAI in 2012 for funding and was successful in securing a 45% grant towards the costs of targeting a reduction in the thermal energy usage In Limerick College of Further Education, Limerick Adult Education Service and City of Limerick VEC Head Office. The Better Energy Workplace Fund is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under Ireland’s National Strategic Reference Framework 2007 – 2013.
The funding secured as part of the initiative provided for the fitting of new high-performance boilers, timer controls and insulation. It also provided for the repair, upgrade and refurbishment of 63 windows at Limerick City Adult Education Service on O’Connell Avenue. As the building is protected structure, particular care and specific conservation requirements had to be adhered to in order to apply the upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2013. These projects will not only save energy but lead to a more comfortable working environment for both learners and staff.
Previous energy conservation upgrading works undertaken by CLVEC, under SEAI grant aid, included the retrofitting of lighting to energy saving units in a number of the organisation’s centres and schools. Energy Watch software was also installed on all PCs throughout the organisation. This automatically shuts down all PCs at a predefined time once the working day has been completed. This software solution produces detailed reports on the energy, monetary and CO2 emissions saving derived from the properly power managed desktop environment.
City of Limerick VEC has already identified further new projects to be undertaken in 2013 and intends to seek further grant aid from SEAI to achieve these objectives goals. Though these initiatives the organisation can further reduce its carbon footprint and help save money on behalf of the taxpayer.