Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community first to launch Energy Master Plan in Cork

Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community (SEC), in partnership with Ballyphehane Community Association, announced today the launch of its Energy Master Plan (EMP) which was commissioned to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future for Ballyphehane and its population. The Energy Master Plan presents an overall vision and direction for the local area with the aim to reduce energy demand, power the community with renewable sources of energy, and stimulate domestic retrofitting.
 
The vision of the Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community is to create a clean, green energy community. Its aim is to be a beacon of change for the community and support various sections with making sustainable changes.  The Energy Master Plan study was funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland in the framework of its Sustainable Energy Community programme. 
 
Jake McAuliffe, Chairperson, Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community stated: “The Ballyphehane Community Association has been ambitious with sustainability initiatives and activities, which led to the establishment of the Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community.  Through partnership with SEAI and the completion of our Energy Master Plan, we now have a robust roadmap that highlights a number of tangible projects to tackle energy consumption and transform the energy flow in our community.  We believe that by co-operating with all sectors of our community, we can empower individuals to engage in energy efficiency upgrades to significantly reduce carbon emissions community wide”.
 
As part of the Energy Master Plan, the Ballyphehane Community SEC will explore the opportunities that private households have in completing works to their homes, by reducing energy demand and converting from fossil fuel energy supplies to a greener, sustainable supply.
 
Commenting at the Energy Master Plan launch An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin TD: “The need for climate action is more urgent than ever, with entire ways of life significantly being disrupted. The way to make an impact is in our local communities. The role that SEC groups play is very important.  Your vision and Energy Master Plan will help to contribute positively to the City of Cork’s efforts towards being carbon neutrality by 2030. I know this plan will have a positive impact as we transition to a greener, more sustainable future”.
 
Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Derry Canty stated: “The Ballyphehane SEC has taken a big step to bringing the community together to tackle climate change.  This initiative is the first of many small steps towards a greener future.  Cork City Council is happy to support you with this programme.”
 
The Ballyphehane SEC will be hosting a Community Information Evening on 31st May at 7.30pm in the Ballyphehane Community Centre. The evening will consist of: 1) a presentation on the Energy Master Plan, 2) information on the opportunities and benefits of retrofits for private households and 3) understand interest in participating in a community wide retrofit programme


About Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community:
Ballyphehane Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) was established in 2020 by Ballyphehane Community Association.  It is a voluntary led group exploring the potential for transforming Ballyphehane, Cork into a clean, green, energy community. For more information please visit: https://www.ballyphehanecommunity.com/ballyphehane-sec/.
 
About Ballyphehane Community Association:
Established in 1969, Ballyphehane Community Association operates a community centre for the benefit of the residents of Ballyphehane, Cork. It provides facilities for training courses, cultural activities, recreational facilities for the elderly, youth, handicapped or disadvantaged, and meeting rooms for local charitable organisations. It is Ballyphehane Community Association’s goal to provide a diverse service offering, catering for all ages and member of society, in a welcoming environment.  For more information please visit http://www.ballyphehanecommunity.com/.