There was a great turnout last night for the first meeting of the 'Green Skibbereen' group (provisional name) at the West Cork Hotel last night, to explore the potential for creating a Better Energy Community in the area. Local business owners, community members and representatives of various community organisations came out in force to hear presentations from organisers Jim O'Donnell of O'Donnell Furniture and Noel Casserly of Smart Earth. Also speaking at the meeting were local youth climate activist Alicia O'Sullivan, and Caitriona Courtney, also from Skibbereen, of NCE Insulation's Energy Hub in Cork City. They were joined by John Flynn from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and José Ospina, Secretary of Carbery Housing Association (CHA). All speakers emphasised the urgent need for action on climate change and spoke of the renewable energy technologies that could be implemented to help make this happen. CHA have been involved in the setting up of the group since its inception by Noel and Jim earlier this year and José gave an impassioned and inspiring presentation on the potential benefits of getting involved in EU projects and networks, highlighting the ongoing RED WoLF project that CHA is currently undertaking a Pilot for in a number of our homes. The meeting was a great success and we were delighted to have been a part of it. Hopefully actions will come out of it and Skibbereen can move forward on its journey to a greener future in 2020.
CHA is excited to announce its involvement in the RED WoLF Project, as of April this year.
The RED WoLF project (acronym for: Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following) funded by the EU programme Interreg North-West Europe (NWE), brings together 14 Partner Institutions from UK (5), France (4), Ireland (3), Belgium (1) and Germany (1). Universities, housing associations, local authorities as well as training and other non-profit organizations across North-West Europe aim to tackle housing emissions, responsible for approximately 300 million tonnes of CO2/year. For more details on the project and what it means for CHA and our tenants, visit our 'European Projects' page.