Here's a sampling of projects and activities we've been involved with over the years.
As of December 2017, our primary focus is on our application to SEAI to become a member of their Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) programme. As SAGE we agreed that this was the best approach to make an impact in the wider community. To advance this we contacted SEAI and we have been working with them to develop a Sustainable Energy Community project. We are now applying for an initial grant of €20,000 to fund this project.
The SEC project will fund domestic and non-domestic energy surveys as well as a study on local air quality.
The next stage will be to move to the Better Energy Community level. This will involve actively promoting energy conservation in five per cent of homes in Shankill (300 approx.) and several institutions.
HOME ENERGY KIT
SAGE is currently participating in an international energy agency survey on behaviour change. SAGE is working with the local community encouraging them to use a “Home Energy Saving Kit” , to improve their home’s energy efficiency. The survey is due to be completed by the end of Q4, 2017.
Our estimates show that Shankill households are spending over €11 million on energy consumption and, according to EU research, behavioural interventions alone can realise up to 20% savings on this figure alone.
ST. ANNE'S PARISH CHURCH
SAGE coordinated on an energy audit of the three churches and the primary schools in the community. As a result of this the heating and lighting systems of St. Anne's parish church were upgraded in 2016. The current estimates indicate a 6% saving in the heating of the church.
PuBLIC AWARENESS RAISING
Several public meetings have been held, in association with SEAI, to promote interest in making Shankill an energy efficient and climate-change aware community. The steering committee has created and nurtured strong ties with local politicians and business leaders and regularly engages with these stakeholders to promote SAGE's ideals and projects.
Past initiatives include:
Public Lecture December 2016 – Prof John Sweeney – 'The Paris Agreement after COP Marrakech'
Bio Diversity and Nature Walk
Collaboration with Tidy Towns – year round
Promotion of tree cultivation
Coastal Erosion – visit to sunken forest at Bray Harbour
Public Lecture on Rising Sea Levels and Coastal Change
Articles in Shankill community magazine SCAN
Participation in Stop Climate Chaos march, November 2016
Election Hustings – with nine general election candidates, March 2016
Participation in political lobbying
Letter of support for provision of Climate Friendly Crematorium at Shanganagh Cemetery
Joint and personal submissions to Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change