Waterford Chamber and Energia announce Sustainable Energy Partnership
As Waterford continues its bid to become Ireland’s first decarbonised city, Energia, Ireland’s greenest energy supplier and Waterford Chamber, recently named as Chamber of the Year in the Chambers Ireland Awards, have announced a multi-annual sustainable energy partnership.
Waterford Chamber and Energia are committed to climate action and will work closely on advancing the ambition of Waterford becoming a carbon neutral city by 2040 in line with the Waterford Green Deal agenda. As Waterford Chamber’s sustainable energy partner, Energia will provide expertise, advice and information to the Chamber on its climate action programme and will also support keynote events including the flagship Toys4Engineers and Business Expo events, Webinars for Members, and the Green Excellence category of the Waterford Business Awards.
According to Gerald Hurley, CEO, Waterford Chamber, the coming together of both organisations will have a hugely positive impact on Ireland’s oldest city and the wider South East region.
“The Waterford Green deal initiative is made up of ourselves, Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Institute of Technology. Having Energia join the table as the Waterford Chamber Energy Partner for the next number of years, will bring added expertise and will help us realise the ambitious plans we have set out.
“We have already had very positive engagements with Energia in terms of the latest technology and innovations that can improve our city and its environs and we will continue to research and develop new ideas so as a community we can achieve tangible results within the shortest time frame.
“From a Chamber perspective, a partnership of this nature is a new departure for us and one we really welcome. Our lobbying agenda in terms of Energy and Sustainability is extensive and to have the knowledge and resources of Energia at our disposal will have a hugely positive impact.
“We look forward to building on our relationship and achieving real results for the wider community.”
Announcing the partnership, Derek Scully, Energia Group Head of Corporate Affairs said:
“As one of Ireland’s leading investors in sustainable energy infrastructure and supply, Energia is passionate about climate action, so we’re delighted to be partnering with Waterford Chamber who are already committed to very meaningful sustainability goals, such as Waterford’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Waterford Chamber’s ambition and determination towards making such a decisive and necessary change, shown in the Waterford Green Deal, mirrors our own drive for innovation and we look forward to working together the Chamber and the people and businesses of Waterford towards achieving these ambitions.”
As a leading Irish sustainable energy provider, Energia already has strong links with Waterford, supplying green electricity to homes and businesses across the City and County. The company is a long standing partner of Waterford based Grow it Yourself Ireland and is also the national sponsor of Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia.
About Energia Group
Energia Group is a modern and innovative energy company focussed on playing a significant part in the achievement of the energy transition on the island of Ireland through the Group’s renewables, flexible generation and customer solutions businesses.
The Group is also 1 of only 40 companies in Ireland to have been awarded the Business Working Responsibly Mark by Business in the Community.
As a leading energy provider and infrastructure investor Energia Group currently supplies approximately 18% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and is responsible for approximately 23% of wind power capacity installed on the island.
The Group supplies 823,000 homes and businesses across the island of Ireland with electricity and gas, through its retail brands Energia and Power NI.
Energia Group continues to make progress on its €3bn Positive Energy investment programme, focussed on renewable energy projects.
Ongoing projects include onshore and offshore wind, solar, battery storage, bioenergy and green hydrogen, and it is anticipated the programme can add c.1.5GW of additional renewable capacity to the system by 2030 to facilitate the achievement of Government targets and maintain momentum towards the overall objective of Net Zero.
The Group also operates two efficient gas-fired power stations in north County Dublin with a combined capacity of 740 MW that are critical to security of supply and will, for the foreseeable future, play an important role in providing necessary back-up to a growing amount of renewable generation.
The Group won a wide range of awards in 2020 for programmes encompassing sustainability, innovation in energy supply, customer service, sponsorships and community engagement.