Codema has secured funding through the EU Horizon 2020 DeliveREE project to lead the roll-out of over €20m energy projects in Dublin, including €1.2m to test and develop a one-stop-shop project implementation unit for energy-efficient and renewable energy projects in the capital.
The €20m in funding under the DeliveREE project will be used to upgrade and retrofit a range of council buildings and facilities within the region, such as leisure centres, fire stations, theatres, libraries, offices, community buildings and landfill treatment sites. This pipeline of projects will be completed over the next four years and is expected to reduce carbon emissions in Dublin by almost 4,000 tonnes.
A key part of the project will involve creating an innovative, standardised finance and delivery system for rolling out energy-efficient and renewable energy projects at mass scale in Dublin. This will enable processing and assessing potential projects quickly and efficiently, to identify the most suitable buildings to upgrade.
Donna Gartland, CEO of Codema, noted that public buildings will need to achieve a Building Energy Rating of ‘B’ by 2030.
“The main challenge lies in how this can be achieved at the scale and speed required. The project will directly respond to this challenge by developing a long-term solution for mainstreaming sustainable energy investments.
“By creating this Project Implementation Unit, not only can we develop energy projects quickly and efficiently, but we can also find large-scale, de-risked projects for investors, while establishing a professional marketplace for Energy Service Companies to tender for contracts,” Gartland noted.
In addition to Codema as lead partner, the consortium includes Dublin’s four local authorities plus a range of legal, procurement and financial experts such as Resourceful Futures Ltd, Philip Lee Solicitors Ltd and Sustainable Development Capital LLP.