District Heating Feasibility Study


The Cork Docklands District Heating Feasibility Study was launched on the 21st May 2009. The Cork Docklands District Heating Feasibility Study was launched on the 21st May 2009 at the Lifetime Lab by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Brian Bermingham, followed by a presentation by Mr. Richard Linger of Viridus (previously White Young Green).  The study represents a foundation of the sustainable energy strategy that is required to support the ongoing economic stability of city and of Ireland inc.

The work was sponsored by Bord Gais Networks and Cork City Council, arising from their innovative forward thinking.  Indeed, the input provided by all the key stakeholders - ESB, Developers, Energy Supply Companies, Engineering Consultancies – including WYG who wrote the study – the financial institution, auctioneers and government agencies was invaluable. 

A district heating scheme helps define Cork and future-proof the docklands development.  Benefits include reduced carbon emissions, reduced costs to end users and reduced costs for developers.  All-in-all a win-win outcome for all.

The work completed to date represents the first step on a journey for the provision of the energy solution for the docklands.  It will take time to get this initiative established, indeed it has more opportunity to succeed as the slowdown in development overall and the focus on value will help direct its successful delivery.

The feasibility study was comprehensive and determined that there is a great business opportunity for the private and public sector to work together in delivering a project for Cork to ensure a brighter, lower carbon future.

Key points:

  • The study shows that there are benefits to all stakeholders
  • It reduces carbon emissions
  • It is financially viable
  • It will hep sustain Cork as an economic entity into the future

The Study is available here:

District Heating Feasibility Study(3,605KB)