The European Info Day will take place on May 8, with the call for eco-innovation proposals taking place on April 21, Sustainable Energy Ireland reports.

This year, areas receiving priority funding include materials recycling, buildings, food and drink, greening business and smart purchasing.

There is €28 million worth of funding available, which will be able to support around 40 of the best projects.

Meanwhile, Irish Minister Eamon Ryan has stressed that energy efficiency is the “most intelligent” means of making substantial cuts in the nation’s fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

He said: “Reducing unnecessary energy waste will be achieved through a range of measures: smart metering, building improvements, appliance and lighting improvements, behavioural change and peak demand reduction.

“These will all form central planks of my upcoming National Energy Efficiency Action Plan.”

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