Kildare Climate and Energy Week 2021
Welcome to Kildare Climate & Energy Week 2021, a 4-day schedule of online and in-person events running from 26th – 29th October which will focus on highlighting and raising awareness of our energy and climate action responsibilities.
About Kildare Climate & Energy Week
A range of online and in-person events are planned throughout Kildare Climate & Energy Week and will cover themes such as energy awareness, biodiversity, green business innovation and community activation.
Kildare Climate & Energy Week is being hosted by Kildare County Council, supported by SEAI in partnership with communities, business, other state bodies and will feature panel discussions, demonstrations, presentations and expert insights.
The packed programme aims to share knowledge, demystify misconceptions and encourage people to switch on to the conversation and our collective and personal responsibilities to achieve a greener, more sustainable future.
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Registration is now open for events taking place during Kildare Climate & Energy Week 2021, which runs from 26th – 29th October 2021. We have a great range of events on offer under the themes of energy awareness, biodiversity, green business innovation and community activation. These events will comprise of online and *in-person events, panel discussions, demonstrations and more.
*subject to Covid 19 protocols
When: Tuesday 26th October, 3pm – 4.30pm
Sometimes the information around energy saving can seem complex and overwhelming. This interactive session will break down barriers and simplify what each of us can do in our homes and how we live to reduce our energy consumption while playing our part in achieving a greener, more sustainable future.
This insightful session will include presentations from Energy Specialist, Homeowners experiences, SEAI, Kildare County Council’s Architectural Design Team and Energy Officer.
When: Tuesday 26th October, 7pm – 8pm
Join us for this live webinar where we will explore a simplified and novel approach to understanding and reducing our carbon footprint. Presented by Irish company Vyra, a start-up dedicated to helping large organizations effectively engage and educate their teams on sustainability.
The first 100 to register for this event will automatically qualify for the Kildare Climate and Energy Week Sustainability Challenge supported by Vyra which will be emailed to participants following the week.
When: Wednesday 27th October, 11am – 1pm
Join us on an exploration of our ecosystems in Kildare and what part we can all play in supporting local initiatives.
Speakers and presentations from Bord Na Mona, Waterways Ireland, Teagasc, Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPro), Woodlands of Ireland, and a Local Ecologist & Representative from Kildare Town's Tidy Town.
When: Wednesday 27th October, 3pm – 5pm
This coming together of Kildare’s biodiversity influencers promises to provide a fascinating insight into what lies ahead for our county, to encourage restoration of natural habitats and foster sustainability.
The online webinar will include presentations and discussion from the National Peatlands Park Group, Maynooth University, Kildare County Council's Heritage Awareness Officer along with farmer’s experiences of the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s European Innovation Partnership.
When: Wednesday 27th October, 5pm – 5.40pm
This screening will offer a fascinating insight from secondary school students and staff into what our next generation have to say on climate change and whether the ‘grownups’ are doing enough.
When: Thursday 28th October 11.30am – 1.30pm
This online event will explain what supports and guidance are available to small and medium businesses to green their operations and become a sustainable entity. You will also hear a real life example from a Kildare business on their transition.
Hosted by Joe O’Carroll, General Manager, MERITS with contributions from Green Generation, Allenwood Community Development Association, Kildare Local Enterprise Office, EcoMerits and Barretstown.
When: Thursday 28th October 2.15pm – 4.45pm
We are delighted to offer on behalf of Eco-Merit, 1-1 consultation sessions for small medium enterprises. For the 15 minute slot, participants can expect: A review of their environmental journey to date, a brief introduction to analysing, measuring and monitoring their performance, some tips on what their priority next steps might be.
When: Thursday 28th October 3pm – 4.30pm
This online event will be discussing what larger enterprises are doing and planning to do to mitigate their impact on the environment.
Hosted by Professor John Sweeney, Maynooth University in conversation with experts in this field including Motoring Journalist, Geraldine Herbert Musgraves and ESB.
When: Friday 29th October 11am – 12.30pm
This online event takes a close look at our communities and how they can inspire and create change around energy saving. It will include examples of established Sustainable Energy Communities (SECs) in Kildare and discuss Maynooth’s plans as the nominated decarbonising zone in Kildare.
SEAI will provide information on grants & supports for communities, while we'll also hear about the fascinating success story of Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community in Co Louth.
Speakers and presentations from Kildare’s Regional Mentor Emer Conway; Maynooth, Clane & Monasterevin SECs.
When: Friday 29th October 2pm – 3pm
Join us for this online event to examine what developments are happening in the ‘big ticket’ area of sustainable transport. We will discuss Green Ways, Active Travel, Sustainable Transport and what’s coming next for Kildare.
Hosted by Evelyn Wright, Kildare County Council Roads and Transportation Director of Services.
Speakers and presentations from Donal Hodgins, Sustainable Transport, Kildare County Council; Annette Keaveney, Strategic Projects on Public Realm, Kildare County Council; Zipp and Transport Infrastructure Ireland amongst others.
When: Friday 29th October 4pm – 5.30pm
Did you know: 1.3 billion tons of food produced around the world is either wasted or lost per year. Food that is never eaten accounts for 8-10% of total GHG emissions.
This session focuses on integrating the concept of circular economy with our food systems. One of the strongest tools to tackle climate change and protect our biodiversity. With the circular economy model, we can prevent food wastage, redistribute surplus edible food to people in need and inedible food by-products can become input to generating new ingredients and products.
Join us to learn more about greening our food waste
with speakers including Kieran Coffey, CTO, Mygug, a Micro Scale Anaerobic Digester and Aisling Kirwan, Co-Founder, Positive Carbon, an Irish start-up which provides businesses with food waste monitoring technology to allow them to cut their food waste, save thousands on food bills all while reaching their sustainability goals.
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