SSE Airtricity helps launch Energy Action Conference with Minister Naughten in Dublin

SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s second largest home energy provider, is backing Energy Action’s upcoming ‘Fuel Poverty and Climate Action’ Conference, which will take place at Croke Park on Monday 6 March.

David Manning, SSE Airtricity’s Director of Home Energy, joined Climate Action Minister Denis Naughten, and other industry representatives in Dublin city centre yesterday, to launch the conference.

The Energy Action Conference has been running for a number of years, and this year’s event will see internationally-renowned speakers address a range of topics relating to the pressing issues of fuel poverty, climate action and energy efficiency.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, said:

“Fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the air we breathe are closely related issues. Empowering people means giving them the means to reduce their bills, to cut the fuel they consume, and to make a contribution to a cleaner, healthier environment.

“The lesson of global warming is not that individual effort is useless; it is that each individual effort is essential. I am delighted that the upcoming Energy Action Conference will focus on this link and I look forward to hearing from the impressive range of speakers Energy Action has lined up.”

David Manning, Director of Home Energy at SSE Airtricity, commented:

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Energy Action Conference this year, which is focusing on the hugely important issues of fuel poverty and climate change. As a leading energy provider, we’re committed to helping tackle fuel poverty by offering competitive tariffs, encouraging consumers to shop around, and supporting customers who are struggling to manage their energy costs.

“This winter, we have also been working with the SEAI and local authorities to offer energy efficiency retrofits across the country, helping households cut their energy bills and enjoy improved home comfort, while contributing to a greener and more sustainable environment.”

Brian McSharry, CEO of Energy Action, added:

“Human activity contributes to climate change, so we need to change our behaviour, at micro as well as macro-level. Energy Action has been to the forefront in addressing the problem of fuel poverty in Ireland and has been doing so in sustainable and ecologically sound ways for over 25 years.

“The new emphasis on the links between fuel poverty and climate change are part of that process, as is the emphasis on how we can all contribute to reducing our carbon footprint. Every one of us has a part to play.”