The National Trust in Northern Ireland has won the top award for ‘Best Use of Renewable Energy Sources’ at the annual Sustainable Ireland Awards held on 22nd November 2017.
Local representatives of the conservation charity were presented with the much coveted award, sponsored by CASE (Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy) at a glittering ceremony at the Ramada Crowne Plaza in Belfast.
The awards judges praised the Trust for what they called their “strategic approach to reducing their energy demand and deploying a wide range of renewable technologies to embed sustainable energy sources into their portfolio of sites and conservation activities that nudged them ahead of the other finalists”.
And they added: “Through their renewable energy projects and energy efficiency practices not only are they are achieving remarkable long term savings, they are making an outstanding contribution to the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland.”
Accepting the award, Úna Cregan, Renewable Energy Projects Sponsor, National Trust said: “As a conservation charity the National Trust has ambitious targets to achieve a 20% reduction in their total energy use and generate 50% of their energy from renewables by 2020. We believe that by achieving these targets we will make a huge contribution to the sustainability of our amazing places and to our environment.
“As part of the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment Programme we have recently removed the top three oil users in the Region and the top oil user in the whole of the trust.
“We have great determination to get ‘off oil’ completely in the Region by 2020 and have many more exciting projects in the pipeline.”
In Northern Ireland, the National Trust has been actively reducing their reliance on oil since 2008 and by the end of 2017 almost 40% of their energy will come from renewables.
These results have been achieved by installing a range of renewable energy technologies at their properties, including biomass systems, solar thermal systems for hot water, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pump and PV.
The annual awards are organised by the Hillsborough based publishers of Sustainable Ireland, 4Square Media, and are now widely regarded as the premier event in the Irish environmental, waste management and energy sectors, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players across the industry.