Students power up for a more sustainable future

by Rachel Cunningham
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Students from Loreto Abbey, Dalkey attended an innovative workshop at the Aviva Stadium hosted by electricity grid operator, EirGrid, and non-profit youth organisation, Young Social Innovators (YSI).

The workshop, entitled ‘Powering Up’, brought together students from across the country to learn about the critical role EirGrid plays in decarbonising the power system and the challenges and opportunities at play as it works to transform the electricity grid for future generations. 

The Loreto Abbey students also gained an insight into the inner workings of the National Control Centre, the headquarters for matching electricity production to customer demand in real time.

EirGrid is leading the secure transition of Ireland’s electricity grid to low carbon, renewable energy, creating a cleaner energy future. In line with Government targets, its ambition is to ensure up to 80% of Ireland’s energy comes from renewables by 2030.

EirGrid is the Climate Action and Energy partner with Young Social Innovators, a national organisation that engages thousands of young people annually in co-creating and developing innovative ideas to address social challenges. 

During the workshop, the Dalkey students had the opportunity to engage in thought provoking sessions on climate justice and biodiversity, led by experts from EirGrid and YSI. 

“Our project focuses on collecting water samples from local beaches in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford, testing them for certain chemicals and then presenting our results to the local council to identify what beaches need the most help,” said Keelin O’Farrell, a student at Loreto Abbey, Dalkey.

“I loved hearing about all the projects from other students, about how they are going to take care of the climate problem.”

The workshop concluded with an opportunity for participants to share their project ideas, drawing from the day’s activities around sustainable energy, positive biodiversity practices and social justice commitments. 

Featured Image: Pictured at the EirGrid-Young Social Innovators ‘Powering Up’ event are Erin Lavin, Creagh College, Wexford; Ryan O’Callaghan, Terence MacSwiney Comminity College, Cork, Tiernan Grogan, Gaelchólaiste Reachrann, Dublin; Sinéad Dooley, EirGrid, Roger Warnock, YSI CEO and Keelin O’Farrell, Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, Dublin.

Picture Orla Murray/Coalesce

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