Tipperary Co Co was the 2018 Green Public Sector Organisation of the year. The award was made in recognition of initiatives undertaken in 2017 aimed at keeping out environment greener and fostering greater community involvement.
Tipperary Co Co along with Tipperary Energy Agency undertook a wide range of projects that targeted biodiversity/natural habitat, energy efficiencies, waste reduction and environmental awareness.
The Environment & Climate Action Section engages with many vibrant communities across the county whose input to the various projects has contributed to this award. A priority in 2017 was the cleanup of popular river walks, and to highlight how biodiversity and natural habitats impacts on high quality water standards. Staff organised two information days in Tipperary and Carrick on Suir, to demonstrate to communities and in particular children the various species and invertebrates that inhabit our rivers.
In supporting the effort of Tidy Towns and the Schools programmes, 1700 trees and 160 wild flower boxes were distributed to increase natural habitats through the county.
Tipperary County Council is currently the leading local authority and one of the leading public bodies in Ireland with regard to meeting its energy efficiency obligations. Over 80 sustainable energy projects were completed across its significant number of facilities in the past decade. To date a total of €4.431 million savings and reduced energy consumption of 13,873 MWh, have been achieved, saving a total of 66,184 MWh cumulatively since 2006.
Tipperary Co Co is a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors and has started the rollout of the Sustainable Energy Action plan in association with other agencies. This plan identifies projects and initiatives that will help Tipperary meet its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020.
With the assistance of Tipperary Energy Agency and North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Tipperary County Council has supported funding applications for projects in excess of €10M for the Better Energy Communities scheme annually. This support is aimed primarily at community buildings, schools, SME’s and health care facilities.
Our information trailer visited a number of towns and shows during the summer months to provide information on matters relating to environment and also to get feedback from the public. Recycling workshops and stop food waste initiative were organised with local companies and agencies.