Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector: AHK Business Trip to Ireland from 17.09.2018 to 20.09.2018

Take the great opportunity to meet German companies who are experts in the sector of energy efficiency in buildings!

During their business trip to Ireland in September you have the chance to become acquainted with their innovative, energy efficient technologies and services.

You will also be able to discuss current issues and the latest developments in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies with both German and Irish scientists, industry experts and decision-makers at a one-day conference on the 18th September 2018.

Energy Efficiency in the Irish Building Sector

The Irish building sector is the second largest energy consumer in Ireland and has to focus on smart energy solutions. According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) approximately 75,000 homes and businesses will need to be upgraded for improved energy efficiency every year until 2020 if Ireland is to achieve current EU standards.

In recent years, the usage of energy efficient technologies significantly increased in Ireland. In the “National Development Plan 2018-2027” extensive investments in energy efficiency were announced. Amongst them:

  • Upgrading 45,000 homes per year from 2021 as well as the existing and public building stock to achieve a minimum BER Rating ‘B’ (top rating: ‘A’)
  • Changing out oil-fired boilers to heat pumps, along with the provision of roof solar, in at least 170,000 homes

Take advantage of the opportunity to become familiar with the German expertise in the construction sector. Attend the one-day symposium to deepen your knowledge about energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector or meet German company representatives during individually arranged cooperation talks to explore new business opportunities.

Attendance at the conference and arrangement of individual business meetings might be of particular interest for – amongst others –

  • building companies in the field of energy efficient constructing/renovating
  • architects and civil engineers

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At a Glance

  • Meet representatives from German companies during their four-day business trip to Ireland from 17th to 20th September 2018
  • Attend a free one-day symposium on energy efficiency and renewable energies in the building sector and debate the latest developments with scientists, experts and high-ranking representatives of the sector on 18th September 2018
  • Become familiar with the German companies and discover their innovative, energy efficient products and services during their English company presentations at the conference
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to network with German and Irish industry experts, company representatives and decision-makers beyond the official programme
  • Attend individually arranged and customised business cooperation meetings with German company representatives, which will be accompanied by a bilingual staff member of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and establish successful business relationships

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The German business trip to Ireland, the one-day conference and the individual business talks are organized by the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce as part of the Energy Export Initiative, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

If you are interested in attending the free symposium or would like to get an individual business meeting with German company representatives arranged for you, please feel free to contact us directly.

Laura Kugler
Project Manager Marketing
AHK Ireland | German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
5 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland
Mobile: +353 (0)87 136 5986

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"This is good news for German companies in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies in particular energy-efficient buildings, photovoltaic, heating systems, bioenergy and wind energy as well as small scale wind and electric vehicles. 
The Irish building regulations for residential buildings already require a high energy efficiency standard and the White Paper announced a further increase of standards for residential buildings particularly in regard to energy efficiency in lighting and heating. The new feed-in tariff and political regulations on renewable energies puts Ireland on the map for companies in the area of renewable energy,"
said Ralf Lissek, CEO of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


“Our visit to the Department of Energy Management and Power System Operation (University of Kassel) was most rewarding. Working with Philip Perry, University College Dublin, we will be seeking to establish a collaboration to enhance the research capabilities in Ireland in this area through a partnership arrangement. In this regard the Tallaght Smart Grid Test Bed, in Ireland, will propose the extension of field trials into the very different conditions which prevail in Ireland. Dr. Jan Hegemann has expressed a strong interest in this proposed collaboration. We will be following this up closely.” (MEGA - Micro Electricity Generation Association, 2015)


"Thanks for an excellent, informative and most useful Smartgrid Study Tour of Germany on 20-22 April 2015. The agenda of meetings were well chosen, balanced and very well presented, and all of the travel and logistics were extremely well planned and executed. The study tour gave me a very good overview of the German Smartgrid situation, and insights into particular aspects of integrating high levels of renewables and distributed generation to replace their nuclear generation into a very complex dynamic open-market grid network." (MAC Ltd., 2015)