Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency aims to “lead and support Co. Kilkenny & Co. Carlow and beyond to reduce its CO2 emissions by stimulating and contributing to the implementation of best practice in the field of sustainable energy” (www.ckea.ie). CKEA has extensive knowledge and experience in energy management, integration of renewable energies, feasibility studies, as well as other services in all sectors. The main capabilities of CKEA are: Sustainable Energy Service to Local Authorities, CO2 accounting and reduction, Energy Efficiency Services for Public Buildings, Renewable Energy Development Service (wind, biomass, PV, Hydro etc.), Sustainable transport Promotion Service, and Energy Monitoring and Analysis Service.
The regional energy observatory was initially launched in the autumn of 2015, this launch was aligned with the signing of the Covenant of Mayors by both Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils. Both Counties have begun the implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans in order to reach the 2020 targets.