Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources today announced that Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) the national agency for promotion of renewable energy, is to move from Dublin city centre to Dundalk.
Forty two jobs will be decentralised in the move which will, in effect see Dundalk become the national centre-point for the Renewable Energy revolution.Sustainable Energy Ireland?s new headquarters will be in a purpose built ecological building on the Dundalk Institute of Technology. This move will complement the Centre for Renewable Development, which is already on the campus.Minister Ahern said: ?The Agency is charged with improving energy efficiency, advancing the deployment of Renewable Energy and reducing the environmental impact of energy production, particularly in respect of greenhouse gas emissions.? ?I know that the local authorities, Chambers of Commerce and community groups in Louth will work closely with SEI and the Institute of Technology to ensure that Louth can lead the way in the renewable field.? Frank Convery, Chairman of SEI, said the organisation was looking forward to delivering its renewable mission from its new location in a state-of-the-art building that will epitomise best practise in the sustainable use of energy and resources.Mr Convery said its new location close to the Border would partner the development and implementation of an all-island sustainable energy strategy.Mr Convery said: ?Work with key local, national and European stakeholders will help make the Dundalk region a model sustainable community that demonstrates in a practical way the benefits of best practise in both energy conservation and the use of renewables in industrial, commercial, residential and transportation uses. This will help position Dundalk as a leader in Europe in these fields and provide feedback to the policy systems in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.? ?SEI in Dundalk will play a key role in the creation of an innovation led society. It will lead the implementation of a programme of research and development of international standing in the energy conservation and supply fields, with the objective of making energy an important platform for innovation and economic development. It will contribute thereby to making Ireland a leading force in the European Research Area, and contribute to meeting our national target of 3% of GDP spend on research and development,? Mr Convery added.Welcoming the Minister?s announcement, Dr. Tom Collins, Director, Dundalk Institute of Technology, said SEI?s relocation to DKIT would place the Institute at the centre of Research and Development in the Renewable Energy field.The Institute, through its Centre for Renewable Energy, is already active on a number of fronts in this area. The Institute will install a Wind Turbine on the campus in the coming months and will launch a Masters Degree Programme in Renewable Energy in the coming year. ?The location of Sustainable Energy , on the campus in a purpose built, ecological building will further strengthen the synergies between the agency and the Research and Teaching programme of the Institute,? he added.