The stakeholders in the Cork Regional Stakeholder group are diverse and reflect the willingness and desire by people and organisations to reduce their carbon consumption. Fifteen people attended the first meeting.
The organisation's they represented are: Cork City Council, Cork County Council, The Southern Regional Assembly, Cork Environmental Forum, Engineers Ireland, Energy Cork, Northside Community Enterprise, Ervia, University College Cork and the City of Dublin Energy Management Agency.
The participants were given a brief on the principles of community engagement by Thomas Rogers of Cork City Council. Brian Cassidy talked the participants through the aims and objectives of the INTENSIFY project, the partners involved in the project, and the role of stakeholders.
Suzanne Fitzpatrick of the City of Dublin Energy Management Agency (CoDEMA) demonstrated the use of the Home Energy Saving Kit (HESK) developed by CoDEMA in order to assist homeowners to identify sourcers of heat loss in their home and steps they can take to reduce energy consumption.
A discussion took place in which it stakeholders outlined their own interest in the project and gave examples of best practice. Their was also a desire expressed to attract additional stakeholders and to encourage other existing stakeholders to attend the next Regional stakeholder meeting.