Do you have what it takes to be a Positive Energy Champion for Limerick? Well if so Limerick City and County Council is looking for you! As part of a European funded programme, the +CityxChange (Positive City Exchange) project is working to develop areas of ‘positive energy’ in Limerick City.
To do this we are looking for 24 Positive Energy Champions who will champion Limerick as a future Positive Energy City and to be the change within their community and business networks.
People from all walks of life who are happy to share their experiences are invited to get involved.
Applications are open to everyone – individuals and representatives of community groups, NGOs, businesses, and institutions. The +CityxChange project focuses on the Georgian Neighbourhood so applications from people who live, work, or own a building in the Georgian Neighbourhood are particularly welcomed.
You may already be making changes to consume less energy, or are interested in how to get started in taking Positive Energy Action.
Positive Energy Champions will each receive an individual step-by step plan of Positive Energy Actions to implement over 20 weeks between April and September 2021.
The plan will be tailored to suit each Positive Energy Champion’s capacity for change.
Positive Energy Actions can include:
Reducing energy consumption by adapting energy behaviour
Planning the most effective building energy retrofit and learning about new investment models to help pay for it
Exploring the change to low-carbon transport
Learning about new tools and processes to help make the clean energy transition in Limerick a change which can benefit everyone
Learning from the Positive Energy Champion Campaign will contribute to a Clean Energy Plan for Limerick being developed as part of +CityxChange.
To recognise this important contribution to Limerick’s clean energy future a Celebrate the Champions event is planned to take place in September 2021 (subject to Covid-19 public health guidance).
Sinead Hourigan, Project Manager for the +CityxChange project in Limerick City and County Council said: “We are casting the net as wide as possible looking for people from all sections of society who are interested in climate action. It is a 20 week project during which we want people to document their actions, for example by examining their transport decisions, retrofitting their home or business premises or installing a renewable energy system. We want more people in Limerick to be empowered to act to combat climate change.”
A small change can have a big impact on your energy consumption, on your carbon footprint and can help create a pathway to Limerick becoming a Positive Energy City. These are areas which produce more energy from local renewable sources than they consume.
The +CityxChange project is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, and the project team includes Limerick City and County Council, University of Limerick, GKinetic, and ESB Networks, among others.
For more information about +CityxChange and the Positive Energy Champions log on to limerick.ie/cityxchange.
Applications can be made via Limerick City and County Council’s public consultation and collaboration platform, My Point.
If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is Monday 29 March 2021 at 5pm.