Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Vincent

Contact Surname: Carragher

Contact Address:

Tipperary Energy Agency Craft Granary Cahir Tipperary

Telephone Contact Number: 00353 (0)89 4162180

Fax Contact Number: N/A

Email Address: and

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name: University of Limerick

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Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
The Tipperary Energy Agency is a public-good not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the utilisation of sustainable energy, reducing the emissions of Tipperary and wider afield. Tipperary Energy Agency was established in 1998 by the Tipperary Local Authorities and the then Tipperary Institute as an independent not-for-profit limited company. Our team of experts are committed to providing a comprehensive range of energy services to all sectors. We have the technical expertise, contacts and ability to access funding that drives sustainable energy projects to succeed. We enable local authorities, communities and businesses to deliver renewable energy projects and become more energy efficient. Our range of services includes Strategic Energy Management advice, Energy Project Management and Energy Audits. We have led major housing retrofit schemes, pioneering community wind farm developments and numerous successful biomass projects. We strive to implement viable sustainable energy solutions that will reduce costs and energy use. Our not-for-profit model enables us to provide cost effective professional services at a local and national level. In addition to these services, we work and have successfully completed over 25 European demonstration projects. These projects have focused on areas such as Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transport, Building Energy Performance and Bio-energy. This international project experience has helped us develop our skills and expertise even further, while at the same time showcasing our successful renewable energy projects and experience. Our Approach is • To partner with organisations to provide a scalable, value added service that enables long term energy cost reduction. • To build business cases based on client focused research and analysis. • To deliver clear decision paths to integrate energy efficiency and renewable energy as part of an energy reduction strategy. • Is to remain independent and cost effective. The Agency is linked to a network of energy agencies throughout Ireland and Europe. It is a founding member of the Association of Irish Energy Agencies and is a member of FEDARENE (the European Federation of Regional Energy and Environment Agencies). Vincent is one of 14 staff and has been with the Tipperary Energy Agency for 7 years, he has been monitoring and lowering the resource use, and the related carbon dioxide emissions, of communities for the last 12 years. Currently his monitoring and research has facilitated, trained and engaged 57 communities directly and a further 70 indirectly. The communities are mostly based in the counties of North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Limerick, Westmeath, Cork, Waterford, Galway and Clare. As part of this work he developed and implemented a project which facilitated, trained and enabled the community of Ballina (Tipperary) to reduce its emissions by 28% over four years. He has also worked on EPA, IRCSET, IEE and Interreg projects including; Energy Neighbourhoods I and 2, SERVE, ECCC, ACE, Trainenergy, Cleandrive, Mobilise Energy Awareness and BioNett. Before working with TEA he consulted with SME's for 13 years developing and delivering training to them on lowering the carbon intensity of their businesses. Vincent continues to support the greening of enterprises currently facilitating dissemination and exhibition of best practice across Europe.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Behaviour-Change Environmental-Research Sustainability Climate-Change-Research Carbon-Intensity Reduction-of-Resource-Use Community Energy-Efficiency Sustainable-Energy Bioenergy Energy-Sufficiency Ecological-Footprint Energy-Monitoring Facilitation

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

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EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Researching Climate Service Development and Deployment

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

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Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

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Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Improve the understanding of climate change and the provision of reliable climate projections

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

 Support mitigation policies, including studies that focus on impact from other sectoral policies

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Improve the knowledge base on the availability of raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

 Improve societal awareness and skills on raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Foster resource efficiency through digital systems

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

 Overcoming the crisis: new ideas, strategies and governance structures for Europe

 Disaster-resilience: safeguarding and securing society, including adapting to climate change

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

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Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

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LIFE and COST Actions

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Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

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