EMPOWER

Project Description

EMPOWER (More carbon reduction by dynamically monitoring energy efficiency) works on the exchange of good practices on dynamically monitoring energy efficiency in buildings, with special focus on the use of innovative financial instruments, in order to achieve more carbon reduction and to improve low-carbon economy policies.

The project’s main objective is to reduce carbon emissions from buildings, particularly in medium-sized schemes, while also supporting jobs and growth in the local economy. We will improve regional policies by:

  • Analysing partners’ plans through peer review.
  • Identifying good practices that will improve these plans, studying them through Study Visits, importing them via special workshops and Regional Action Plans.
  • Developing cost-effective energy monitoring systems and using these in existing buildings and to attract private investment.
  • Building the capacity of all relevant public authorities including ERDF Managing Authorities.

The project’s main outputs will benefit the building users, key decision-makers, SMEs working in energy, investors. They are:

  • New projects that innovate by applying cost-effective energy monitoring to reduce energy demand, using new technology.
  • Improved governance between different levels of government, using the plan–do-act-check principle and providing quality data to attract and reassure commercial investors

EMPOWER brings together 9 project partners from 9 countries (Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, France, Poland and Spain)

As part of this project, Cork City Council has installed energy monitoring equipment into eight social housing units in Cork City.

Cork City Council is working closely with Southern Regional Assembly to provide the Energy Efficiency Measuring and Monitoring Report (EEMMR) where data is logged in real time and all information can be presented without breaching the confidentiality of individual households.

The weather station will measure a number of parameters including wind speed, wind directions, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and rainfall. Inside the house gas consumption, electricity consumption, energy generated by the boiler, air temperature, air pressure and humidity will be measured.

The use of the equipment is a good example of engaging with communities in order to increase awareness of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.