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Special - Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes Town and Country Planning Association European Union

Project Partners

Irish Planning Institute


The Irish Planning Institute is the professional body representing the majority of professional planners engaged in the physical and environmental planning in Ireland. Founded in 1975, the IPI now represents circa 700 qualified planners in Ireland. The Irish Planning Institute’s mission is to advance planning by serving, improving and promoting the planning profession for the benefit of the community and the common good.

As an all island planning association of professional planners the IPI has access to a wide range of planners working at all levels in the public and private sectors throughout Ireland. In addition, the IPI is also a full member association of ECTP-CEU and as such has access to all professional planning associations in Europe. The IPI has previously been involved as a project partner in an EU funded project under Thermie B on wind energy.

Project Objectives

• To raise the standards of planning and energy in Ireland
• To articulate professional planning opinion on matters relating to planning  and energy
• To contribute to planning education for the public & practitioners in respect to planning and energy
• To present international best practice to the public and planning profession with respect to planning and energy


Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG)

This Government department is responsible for planning policy throughout Ireland. The Department issues planning guidelines to planning authorities and the planning appeals board (An Bord Pleanala).

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

SEAI is the national energy authority in Ireland. SEAI provides advice to Government, and delivers a range of programmes in order to assist Ireland in the move to decarbonised energy systems.

ESB International (ESBI)

One of Europe's leading engineering and consultancy organisations, ESBI invests in, develops, owns, operates and maintains power stations both nationally and internationally, and also trades electricity in competitive European energy markets. Given the scope of the organisation’s activity through the operation and development of energy infrastructure, the ESBI employs planning professionals and also engages within other state bodies and with local government planning authorities at various spatial scales.

ESBI are involved in preparing planning, permitting and licensing submissions and related matters for all types of developments. ESBI have a strong track record in conducting Environmental Audits and preparing Environmental Management Systems for industrial and commercial facilities. ESBI provides a variety of environmental services to the renewable energy sector including preparation of national studies on overall potential renewable resources and studies on specific renewable sectors including wind, hydro, wave, tidal, biomass and waste.

South Dublin County Council (SDCC)

South Dublin County Council is one of the four local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area. South Dublin has a population of over 250,000. As per its statutory obligations under Irish planning and development law, SDCC prepares a County Development Plan on a 6 yearly basis and also a number of Local Area Plans on a regular basis. These plans can facilitate an overlap with energy planning. SDCC is a partner in the EU IEE funded Leadership for Energy Action & Planning programme and has prepared a Sustainable Energy Action Plan which has been submitted to the Covenant of Mayors for EU verification. South Dublin County Council is distinguished in the field of municipal planning for sustainable energy usage as it boasts one of three Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC’s), Tallaght, within its functional area.

City of Dublin Energy Management Agency (CODEMA) 

CODEMA was founded in 1997 and serves as Dublin's energy agency.  CODEMA works with Local Authorities in Dublin to imporve the energy efficiency of public buildings to reduce the city's CO2 emissions and achieve the ambitions 20-20-20 energy targets which include:

Codema is Dublin’s Energy Agency and was founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit limited company. We are committed to working with Dublin’s Local Authorities on improving the energy efficiency of public buildings in order to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions and achieve the ambitious climate and energy targets known as “20-20-20” targets:

Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA)

Established in 1998 by the Tipperary Local Authorities and the then Tipperary Institute, Tipperary Energy Agency is an independent not-for-profit limited company that strives to implement viable sustainable energy solutions that will reduce costs and energy use..  TEA works to enable local authorities, communities and businesses to deliver renewable energy projects and become more energy efficient, and has already completed over 25 European demonstration projects which have focused on areas such as Renewable Energy, Sustainable Transport, Building Energy Performance and Bio-energy.  The TEA team has also worked on major housing retrofit schemes, pushing forward community wind farm developments and sucessful biomass projects. Our range of services includes Strategic Energy Management advice, Energy Project Management and Energy Audits.   We have led major housing retrofit schemes, pioneering community wind farm developments and numerous successful biomass projects. 

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Contact Details

Stephen D. Walsh
Irish Planning Institute
+353 (0)1 878 8630