Terra Spirits & Liqueurs, Ireland’s largest family owned producer of Irish cream liqueurs, is among the shortlisted finalists in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Awards 2020.

The annual awards recognise and reward excellence in sustainable energy in business, communities, research, buildings, renewables and the public sector. Twenty-four applicants across eight categories have been shortlisted, with the winners to be selected by a VIP judging panel in the coming weeks. Winners will be named at the awards ceremony in mid-October.

The successful finalists were chosen for their innovative sustainable energy solutions and for inspiring energy action among colleagues and peers.

Terra Spirits & Liqueurs, located in Bailieboro, Co. Cavan, is a finalist in the Small and Medium Business – Exemplary Energy Performance category. Terra Spirits & Liqueurs exports their Irish cream liqueurs to over 60 markets worldwide. By investing in energy efficiency and decarbonisation, the business has successfully reduced the site’s environmental impact through a 20% energy reduction whilst delivering cost reduction, quality improvement and overall customer appreciation.

Aurivo Consumer Foods, which produces a variety of fresh milk products for well-known national and regional milk brands such as Donegal Creameries, Connacht Gold and Organic For Us, is a finalist in the Innovative Deployment of Renewable Energy category. Aurivo delivered a renewable project which grew from an energy efficient design review of its milk production process at its site in Killygordon, Co. Donegal. A heat pump was installed to recover heat from various streams and then reused for pasteurisation and cleaning. This has almost eliminated the site’s use of fossil fuels and will save 21,000 tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the project.

While Danone Wexford and Wyeth Nutrition will contest the Large business – Exemplary Energy Management category.

Congratulating all the entrants, Fergus Sharkey, Head of Business and Public Sector with SEAI, said: “This year, despite the obvious challenges that each of you faced, you continued in your commitment and passion for sustainable energy and climate action. Each year we are blown away by the quality of entries to the SEAI Energy Awards and this year has proved no different. We received 125 entries from businesses, communities, and organisations across the country who are leading the charge, reshaping our communities and businesses, and inspiring each and every one of us through their action.”

This year’s categories are Large Business – Exemplary Energy Management, Small and Medium Business – Exemplary Energy Performance, Public Sector – Energy Leadership, Inspirational Energy Community, Energy in Buildings, Innovative Deployment of Renewable Energy, Energy Manager or Team of the Year, and Excellence in Energy Research and Innovation. The latter winner will receive a €10,000 bursary.

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