On 29th May last, Westmeath Community Development held a Renewable Energy Conference in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, the first of its kind in the county. Over 80 people attended the event, demonstrating an increasing awareness and understanding of renewables as a critical and growing component of Ireland’s energy supply.
The conference brought together the farming community, community groups and business owners to discuss how the contribution from renewable energy can be maximised and implemented effectively to address energy security needs as well as our commitment in reducing Ireland's carbon emissions.
The conference was opened by Frank Murtagh, CEO Westmeath Community Development and Dermot Leavy, Chairman of Westmeath Community Development provided the welcome address to the audience on the day.
Environmentalist, Architect and TV personality Duncan Stewart was the key note speaker at the event. Duncan gave a passionate speech about Climate Change and how we can meet our future energy needs in Ireland, noting that greenhouse emissions from Irish homes are double the European average.