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Case Studies

All too often, we ignore the lessons to be learned on our own doorstep. We hear of the great sustainability work taking place in Copenhagen or Curitiba and suppose that we can’t replicate those projects in our own places.

The case studies on these pages are firmly rooted at home. Most are the work of councils, although we have also illustrated good practice from other organisations in Northern Ireland.

We encourage you to read these introductory articles and get in touch with the listed contacts if you want more detailed information. Use them as inspiration, copy them, reinterpret them or just admire them. They show that good practice can sometimes be a nimble traveller after all.


 

Handiheat - Improving Energy Efficiency for Rural Areas

Handiheat is a European project focussed on energy efficiency in rural communities who are heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports, and where fuel inequity is prevalent. Northern Ireland Partners include Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the ARC Healthy Living Centre in County Fermanagh as well as partners from Finland, Iceland, Shetland, and the Republic of Ireland

The project aims to address policy and establish a set of resources and toolkits, which can be implemented to help provide sustainable energy solutions for these communities. 

Recycling Investment Fund in Ards and North Down

Ards and North Down Borough Council established its 'Recycling Community Investment Fund' in 2016 as a thank you to residents for their recycling efforts. Since then, the funding has been used to support a range  of projects that directly benefit local residents and neighbourhoods.

Industrial Symbiosis at Haffey Sports Grounds

Mid Ulster District Council has worked with Portadown based International Synergies to find a suitable reuse opportunity for used synthetic carpet from a sports pitch that was intended for landfill.

Video Conferencing at Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

In late 2016, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council installed a video link conferencing system allowing for effective video conferencing between the Council’s principal administrative buildings, the Townhall in Enniskillen and the Grange in Omagh.

Sustainable regeneration at Giant's Park

Belfast City Council's Giant's Park is a trail blazing regeneration initiative, to transform a closed waste landfill site into innovative environmental resource park. 

Community Energy in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) project was set up to encourage community ownership of renewable energy technologies, specifical solar PV, and take advantage of financial incentives offered by government for renewable electricity (Renewable Obligation Certificates). The net benefit for the community is reduced reliance on electricity derived from fossil fuels, helping to reduce carbon emissions, provide energy savings, and build community resilience and strengthen the local economy.

Creating a Sustainable Community in Cloughmills

Cloughmills in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, with the help of a dedicated community team, is working to improve the social, economic and environmental quality of life in the local area.

North West Greenway Network

The North West Region - comprised of Derry City and Strabane District and North and East Donegal - is home to a rich natural, cultural and built heritage landscape, and some of the island’s highest quality, natural scenery. Situated on the Northern Ireland - Republic of Ireland jurisdictional border, the area is heavily reliant on cross-border movement of both people and goods, with about 325,000 cross-border vehicle journeys made per week (Department for Infrastructure telemetric data 2016).

Sunflower Fest promotes 'Refill Not Landfill' message

With over 500 summer music festivals gathering in the UK alone they can have major adverse affects on the environment. One of the most worrying issues is the vast use of single-use plastic that heads straight to landfill. However, many festival's are now looking to take a more eco-friendly approach and play their part to reduce their impact on the environment.

NI Water's Source to Tap Project

A major €5.3M cross-border project, to improve water quality in rivers and lakes in the Erne and Derg catchment areas which provide water that serves parts of counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Longford has launched.

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