Pictured L-R: Stewart Wilson TIG CEO; Jim Gannon CEO Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment; Markku Kananen, H-CHP Project Manager Univeristy of Oulu Finland; Charles Roarty-Energy Action, Brian McSharry, CEO Energy Action
Tighean Innse Gall’s CEO Stewart Wilson and Energy Officer Brian Whitington were invited by Energy Action to participate in the European Energy Poverty Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The Conference’s main aim was to look at tackling Fuel Poverty, its definition and how it affects rural areas in Europe.
Currently 9% of the EU population struggle to keep their homes affordably warm/cool and during bad spells of weather those most vulnerable often end up with worsening health conditions such as respiratory infections. This level is dwarfed by the level of Fuel Poverty standing at 56% in the Western Isles (being second highest in Scotland) with the national average standing at 31%. Tighean Innse Gall is committed to tackling Fuel Poverty in the Western Isles and ensuring residents are supported in their homes through making energy efficient improvements. TIG also help educate households on how to lower their energy consumption and carbon emissions by simply changing how we use energy.
The conference heard from Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment in the Irish Government, as well as a range of internationally respected speakers.
TIG’s Brian Whitington took the opportunity to deliver a presentation on a new project ‘Gluasad Comhla’ that TIG is delivering with local partners. The project seeks to bring services together providing a holistic service to vulnerable and frail clients most in need and improve their wellbeing in rural Lewis.
Stewart Wilson, CEO Tighean Innse Gall commented,
“Tighean Innse Gall have advocated for many years on behalf of people living in fuel poverty and works closely with community groups. It was great to hear from the Irish Government Minister, Denis Naughten, that eligible households for energy efficiency measures will now be able to receive new windows and doors as part of the whole house retrofit. This is something which the Scottish Government should adopt for households in the Islands and wider Highlands.”
For more information on the current schemes Tighean Innse Gall can offer call 01851 706121 or free phone 0800 888 6040
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