SEAI has established a sustainable energy community programme in Dundalk, called Dundalk 2020. Within the broader Dundalk 2020 context an opportunity arose to submit a proposal for support for defined work packages under a call from the European Commission.
This is a Framework 6 Programme, called Concerto II . SEAI, acting as project coordinator, structured a proposal called HOLISTIC (Holistic Optimisation Leading to Integration of Sustainable Technologies In Communities), with local and European partners, and submitted this to the Commission. The HOLISTIC proposal was successfully evaluated by the Commission, and was only one of nine exceptional projects to proceed. The official start date for this project is the 01st June 2007, and the HOLISTIC Consortium will have 5 years to complete all deliverables and milestones.
This project proposal aims to stimulate a paradigm shift in the use of energy within communities to more sustainable patterns. The project will demonstrate how, by acting on every aspect of community life, this transformation can be initiated in three European communities. The project is based in selected zones in Dundalk, Mödling (Austria) and Neuchâtel (Switzerland).
Dundalk is a global leader through its’ development of the Dundalk Sustainable Energy Zone project. Dundalk is setting out to provide a showcase of some of the innovative technologies, policies and practices that will be needed in order to develop sustainable energy communities in Ireland and elsewhere. Over the next four years, we will be installing innovative energy-efficiency technologies in a wide range of buildings across the Dundalk Sustainable Energy Zone. The zone in a four-square kilometre area, stretching from the Hospital and Hoey’s Lane to the Fairways Hotel, and from Blackrock Road to Mullagharlin Road.
The project will energetically disseminate and promote the results, and the underlying HOLISTIC philosophies, first to the associated communities of Newry (UK), Aachen (Germany) and selected communities in Italy and the Mediterranean area and then to decision and policy makers to provide guidance on the most effective ways of moving European society to a more sustainable energy economy.
The project is complex and the innovation of Dundalk 2020 is its ability to integrate all sectors in the community to allow for success. As a result of all the projects completed and underway it is estimated that 5,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide has been saved. SEAI will continue to work with all local and national stakeholders to continue to build capacity within the Dundalk community, and assist other communities who may be interested to become a sustainable energy community.