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Cork City Council to reduce its carbon footprint

AIRTRICITY CARBON FOOTPRINT

Back row L-R: Michael O'Brien; Brian Cassidy; John Walsh; Elona Byrne (Airtricity)Robert O'Dwyer (Airtricity); Sharon Fitzgerald (Airtricity); Tony Power; Tony Brauders. Front row L_R: Karen Cahill (Airtricity); Jackie Solan (Airtricity); Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Donal Counihan; David Brown( Airtricity); John Dromey.

Cork City Council’s agreement with Airtricity for the supply of electricity to 400 City Council sites in 2008 was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan on Tuesday, 27th November 2007.  By selecting Airtricity the Council will reduce its CO2 emissions by a further 54000 tonnes per annum which is the equivalent of taking 1280 cars off the road.

 The contract demonstrates the City Council’s commitment to using alternative sustainable energy supplies in accordance with the Local Agenda 21 principles of sustainability and subsidiarity. The Council generates electricity from a micro hydro generator and from landfill gas. It also operates twenty five of its vehicles on B100 biodiesel that is grown, pressed and refined in Cork. These actions which are the result of the City Council’s policies on sustainability will help Ireland to achieve its Kyoto targets.  

Commenting on the agreement Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer, Cork City Council, commented: “Not only does this agreement make financial sense for Cork City Council, it also allows us to reduce our CO2 footprint.  Airtricity offers competitive prices, first rate service and the chance to avoid polluting the atmosphere with CO2 emissions. Cork City Council has established a number of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and our agreement with Airtricity is a practical step towards this and a cleaner, greener environment.”

David Brown, Sales and Marketing Director with Airtricity added: “Local authorities and other companies across Ireland are now more aware than ever of their responsibility to the environment.  I am delighted to be working with Cork City Council and applaud them on their environmental initiatives, not only with Airtricity but for their environmental focus across their organisation.  Currently over 35,000 businesses in Ireland chose Airtricity as their electricity provider, allowing them to make financial savings while at the same time protecting the environment.”

On completion of  a rigorous tendering process Airtricity was selected not only because the company offered the most economically advantageous solution to Cork City Council’s requirement, but also because Airtricity is recognised by the Electricity Regulator as having the highest percentage of renewable energy in its fuel mix for the year 2006.  In selecting Airtricity Cork City Council will reduce its CO2 emissions by a further 54000 tonnes per annum which is the equivalent of taking 1280 cars off the road.

Further information is available from:

Brian Cassidy,

Senior Executive Engineer,

Plant & Machinery, Recreation,

Amenity & Culture,

Cork City Council

Tel:       021/4924133                

brian_cassidy@corkcity.ie

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