O’Dowd officially launches innovative energy saving scheme at Dungannon Integrated College
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today officially launched a new energy saving scheme during a visit to Dungannon Integrated College and Greiner Packaging Plant.
‘Project SCool’ is an innovative scheme which uses the waste produced by Greiner Packaging to provide free heating to the nearby college.
Speaking during the visit, the Minister said:
“I welcome the opportunity to be here today to officially open this hugely innovative scheme which provides Dungannon Integrated College with free heating. My Department is responsible for promoting the efficient use of energy across the education sector and I am therefore pleased that I could provide funding of £58,000 to help deliver this scheme. ‘Project SCool’ has the potential to save the college approximately £40,000 per annum for the life of the school as well as significantly reducing the carbon footprint by at least 200 tonnes per year.”
The Minister continued by stating the Department of Education’s responsibilities within the Executive’s Sustainable Development Implementation Plan. He said:
“My Department is responsible for incorporating sustainable development in the curriculum and also for providing modern, sustainable accommodation for educational establishments. Due to the novel nature of the scheme, ‘Project SCool’ can serve as an educational tool for students who are interested in engineering and environmental sciences and I believe this scheme will assist the staff of the college as they seek to promote sustainable thinking with current and future pupils.
“With the rising cost of energy, it is imperative that renewable alternatives are sought and fully utilised whenever possible. ‘Project SCool’ is a practical example of innovative thinking and investment that will also lead to shared financial and environmental benefits for both Dungannon Integrated College and Greiner Packaging. I wish everyone continued success for the future.”