Sustineo is a project-focused consultancy that concentrates on delivering tangible outcomes. Most of our low-carbon projects are bespoke, but we hope the following gives you a flavour of what we do!

Climate Action Workshops

Climate Change is the #1 threat to your business
Raoul Empey was personally trained by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to deliver the Climate Reality presentation, which is an up-to-date version of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Life Cycle Assessment Evaluation of a Construction Project in Ireland

The Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (NEES) project was funded by the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013. As part of the project, a demonstration project was being used to test six of the ‘NEES best practices’. The project involved refurbishing an existing Parnell cottage at a rural location outside Cloyne, County Cork, and building a new extension. The six best practices considered were:

1. Timber frame construction
2. Hempcrete external insulation
3. Cellulose insulation
4. Triple glazed wooden windows
5. Green (sedum) roofs
6. Gravel reed bed for wastewater treatment

Sustineo won an open tender to evaluate this demonstration project. The evaluation considers the building as a whole and the above best practices. A mass analysis of the NEES specification and a comparable conventional design, as well as a building energy rating (BER) assessment, form the basis of the evaluation. The evaluation metrics are mass, energy, carbon and cost over the life cycle of building, but the report also considers biodiversity, human health, ease of construction and maintenance.

Competitive Advantage & Enhancing Brand Electric Vehicle Project

eircom and Topaz collaborated on an innovative pilot project entitled ‘Integrating Electric Vehicles into a Commercial Fleet’. eircom operates Ireland’s largest transport fleet and Topaz is Ireland’s biggest distributor of fuels. Sustineo acts as consultant and project manager to both eircom and Topaz on this project, and the work has involved:

  • Negotiating a 530,000 EUR grant with the Department of Transport’s Smarter Travel Project Fund
  • Procurement of the first fast chargeable vans in the world (CHAdeMO compliant)
  • Installation of the first DC fast chargers in Ireland
  • Development of fully integrated payment interface (cash, credit card, fuel card)

The Project was formally launched at Topaz’s Glasnevin service station by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar on May 3rd 2011. Progress reports can be found at the following links on the SmarterTravel website:

Following on from its involvement with the Smarter Travel Project above, Topaz has now secured a memorandum of understanding with ESB ecars to supply additional fast chargers on various forecourts around Ireland. ESB ecars and Topaz launched the first of ESB ecars fast chargers at the Topaz service station in Coolshanagh, Co.Monaghan on May 26th 2011.

“eircom chose Sustineo to project manage its electric commercial vehicle pilot because of Raoul Empey’s deep technical knowledge, his project management skills and his enthusiasm. He was able to maintain the focus of a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the project and do so in his gentlemanly but firm manner. Raoul doesn’t just manage projects, he lives and breathes them! I would recommend Sustineo to anyone seeking positive results and a positive experience from a project.”
Michael Lynch, Head of Transport & Logistics, eircom (July 2013)

Building Partnerships Research & Development Project

InterXion, a leading provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, wished to develop its own R&D programme in Ireland. Sustineo assisted both in the selection of a university partner and in defining the project, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of InterXion’s data centres in Dublin.

“We chose Sustineo because of the link they can provide between Academia, Industry and relevant Government Support Agencies. Their network of contacts, combined with their knowledge of the support frameworks was invaluable. Their knowledge and facilitation in this area allowed us to engage in exciting collaborative research projects that enabled us to both innovate and ultimately save costs. Potential clients might include anyone in industry that is looking to innovate, collaborate and ultimately increase efficiencies in their operation. Industries that might benefit would be Pharma, ICT, Manufacturing and aviation (all Large energy users) … just wanted to thank you for all your work on this project. We really needed the knowledge, steer and the momentum you gave to this initiative.”

Tanya Duncan, MD for InterXion Ireland

Innovation Renewable Energy Project

Sustineo developed the business plan for Compost Heating Systems Ltd, a renewable energy start up that has expertise in harvesting heat from composting waste. Sustineo has been strategic in securing grant funding Enterprise Ireland and is now directly involved in managing the R&D phase in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin at Compost Heating System’s test facility in Co. Wicklow.

Business Development Market Research Project

EC Charging is the first Irish company to have developed an on-street charge point for electric vehicles. With unique expertise in the electric vehicle industry in Ireland, Sustineo was commissioned by EC Charging to complete a market research study on this sector. This all-island study has informed EC Charging on how best to approach domestic and international markets.

Cost Savings Energy Management ISO 50001

Working with public and private sector clients to deliver energy efficiency projects, Sustineo has found that 10% energy savings can typically be achieved by implementing no and low cost measures. The ISO50001 Energy Management Standard can be used to guide a structured approach to energy management. We can also assist with the measurement and verification (M&V) of energy savings.

Awareness Killruddery Farm Truck Tours

Sustineo is providing project management and advisory services to Killruddery Farm on an exciting educational project involving a unique mode of transport. The children will be collected from their school by a TruckBus, a new custom vehicle on Irish roads, and will be brought to the farm where they can interact with agricultural activities such as lambing, cattle feeding, forestry operations and tillage. The TruckBus is the first of its kind in Ireland and will have the following features:

  • Mobile classroom with interactive white board
  • 33 seat capacity and wheelchair accessible
  • Certified for road worthiness
  • Engine converted to run on indigenous biofuels (Killruddery grows rapeseed)

Killruddery Farm hopes to commence construction of the TruckBus in Janurary 2013 with tours following shortly afterwards

Explore Advisory Services

Sustineo offers the following range of reporting services:

  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting
  • Energy Audits
  • Mobility Management Plans
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  • Carbon Footprinting, Analysis and Strategy

In addition, Raoul Empey sits on the following mentoring panels: