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The EU EcoDesign Directive and Energy Labelling Regulations in Ireland – Scope, Progress, Challenges, Impacts, and Outlook

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 12 December 2018
  • Time(s)
    From 6:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

About the Event

The EU Ecodesign Directive and EU Energy Labelling Regulations are considered key tools in relation to the achievement of EU targets for energy efficiency. Primary energy savings arising from the implementation of these regulations are estimated to be substantial – in the region 154mtoe (1788 TWh) by 2020. Furthermore, there are many additional environmental, economic and social benefits arising from the implementation of the regulations including greenhouse gas emissions reductions, reduced water usage, savings in consumer spending, and additional jobs created.

Enterprise Ireland and SEAI are key organisations in the implementation of these regulations in Ireland. Enterprise Ireland provides advocacy on behalf of Irish business relating to the development of product-based regulations. SEAI has provided the market surveillance function since April 2016, promoting compliance and seeking to ensure that non-compliant products are removed from the market or brought into compliance.

About the Speakers

Mark Sweeney works as an Environmental Specialist at Enterprise Ireland. Mark has over 25 years’ experience working in the environment and energy sectors. He has worked as a National Contact Point (NCP) for European funding programmes since 2008 and is currently the NCP for the Horizon 2020 Environment Programme. Mark has also over ten years’ experience working as a national expert in relation to the EU Eco-Design Directive and Energy Labelling Regulations and represents Ireland on several associated European committees. This role involves representing the views of Irish stakeholders throughout the various stages of the regulatory process. Mark has previously worked as an analytical chemist and holds a Masters in Environmental Management.

Tim Stokes is a Programme Manager at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with responsibility for ecodesign, energy labelling and tyre labelling market surveillance. Tim has more than 20 years’ experience in sustainable energy gained both in Ireland and the UK. His current role includes extensive engagement with a wide range of European stakeholders, including market surveillance authorities in other Member States, the European Commission and a number of European industry associations.Prior to this, Tim managed the establishment of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) at South West College in Enniskillen. He was also Sustainability and Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority in the UK where he managed the development and implementation of a carbon neutral strategy for the National Park. In the early 2000s Tim was closely involved in setting up SEAI’s Low Income Housing Programme – a forerunner to the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme, and SEAI’s first national programme. Tim has a Masters in Environmental and Waste Management and is a qualified Passive House consultant.


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