North Kildare Chamber joined forces with AIB last Friday, February 14, to host an energy efficiency seminar for local small-to-medium sized enterprises.
More than 100 SMEs attended the seminar, which was held in the Johnstown Garden Centre, and speakers included AIB’s Head of Energy and Clean Technologies, Ray O’Neill and on behalf of SEAI, Patrick Duke, Integrated Engineering Consultancy.
The theme was helping businesses to reduce their energy costs and improve profitability.
AIB research shows that energy accounts for approximately nine per cent of operating costs, averaging nearly €70,000 for the typical SME.
To support SMEs invest in energy saving measures such as heating, lighting, cooling systems etc., AIB recently launched a €100 million fund for lending to allow SMEs to radically lower their energy bills.
AIB’s Regional Director, Eddie Buckley said: “We want to help our customers in every way possible and assisting them invest in energy efficient initiatives is key to drive down costs and remain competitive in what remains a challenging trading environment.”
President of the North Kildare Chamber, Niall Browne said: “We are delighted to host this event for our members, as this is an area where SMEs can take small practical steps and make real savings.
“We welcome AIB’s announcement of €100million fund, and look forward to working with all our members in this regard.”