DIT commits to SEAI Energy Partnership Programme

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Dr. Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI, and Professor Brian Norton confirm energy partnership

5th October 2012:  Dr. Brian Motherway, CEO of Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Professor Brian Norton today signed a partnership agreement in which DIT affirms its commitment to energy efficiency, and formally becomes a member of the Public Sector Energy Partnership programme.

Explaining the concept behind the programme, Dr. Motherway said the SEAI aim is to embed the concept of structured energy management programmes in all public sector organisations, and to focus them on identifying and implementing long term strategic initiatives to achieve 33% energy efficiency improvement by 2020.  

Professor Norton welcomed the opportunity for DIT to make a formal commitment to energy efficiency and to work with SEAI.  Outlining some of the initiatives already underway in DIT, which have been led by Richard Smyth in the Buildings office, he said  “These actions have already borne fruit and we will continue to review our energy management programme.  It is also a very significant issue in the development of our new campus at Grangegorman, which is being developed on a sustainable basis from the outset, from its infrastructure to public transport links, and will be an exemplar project in relation to energy efficiency.  We are keen to be involved in this campaign at all levels because the rational use of energy is an important subject both of our undergraduate and masters level provision and as a key research activity in DIT.  We look forward to ongoing cooperation with SEAI.”

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Richard Smith and Professor Brian Norton, DIT, with Dr. Brian Motherway and Alan Ryan of SEAI



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