Dublin’s energy agency Codema has announced that it will lead a €1.2M project to test and develop a ‘one-stop-shop’ project implementation unit for energy-efficient and renewable energy projects in Dublin. The DeliveREE project (Delivery of Renewable and Energy Efficiency project), which will be funded through the EU Horizon 2020 programme, will support more than €20m worth of retrofit upgrades to council buildings and sites including leisure centres, fire stations, theatres, libraries, offices, community buildings and landfill treatment sites.
This pipeline of projects is expected to be completed over the next four years and could reduce carbon emissions in Dublin by almost 4,000 tonnes per annum.
Unlike existing project implementation units which only concentrate on the residential sector, DeliveREE focuses on solutions to retrofitting large public buildings which have a significant impact on emissions in towns and cities like Dublin.
The Government’s Climate Action Plan sets out an ambition for all public buildings to achieve a Building Energy Rating (BER) of B by 2030. Although progress is being made in reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, the DeliveREE project will further this goal by creating an innovative, standardised finance and delivery system for rolling out energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects at mass scale and speed.
Philip Lee will provide legal expertise to the consortium which is being led by Codema. The consortium also includes the four Dublin Local Authorities, alongside a range of procurement and financial experts such as Resourceful Futures Ltd and Sustainable Development Capital LLC.
Commenting on the project, Hugh Cummins, Partner in Philip Lee’s Projects and Construction team said, “Philip Lee is delighted to work with Codema and the other consortium partners on this important and innovative project. The retrofit of large commercial and public buildings in Ireland plays a key role in reducing carbon emissions, which is critical in the ongoing efforts to tackle climate change and to meet our energy efficiency targets by 2030. Addressing climate change is central to our philosophy and guides our work in the projects and construction sphere and the firm as a whole.”
Codema press release available here.