Stakeholders in Ireland
Clár ICH is leading Work Package 3 of RECENT, ‘Capacity Building’. The Capacity Building Work Package is the central work package of RECENT. It involves identifying pilot communities to work with, defining the development stage the pilot communities are located in, engaging and equipping them with the necessary tools to participate in RECENT by developing a social and economic baseline from which to work from. RECENT will adopt a range of motivation tools to encourage communities and stakeholders to participate. It will use aspects of the social assessment to examine the cultural and social aspect of how the planned resource efficiency activities help communities.
Identification of possible stakeholders within RECENT
Stakeholder identification is required in the RECENT project as it assists in securing community buy-in, in terms of a return to the community in social benefits, as well as the return in renewable energy and energy costs. In order to identify the influence a stakeholder holds on a project, a stakeholder map is available below.
This stakeholder map visualizes power versus interest of a stakeholder. According to Eden and Ackerman (2011) using this grid helps determine which players’ interest and power bases must be considered in order to address the problem/issue at hand. It highlights coalitions that can be encouraged or discouraged, whose buy in should be sought or co-opted. Further it provides some information on how to convince stakeholders to change their views.
RECENT Mid Term Conference
Clár ICH in conjunction with Mayo County Council organised a European conference called “Renewable Energy Solutions for Sustaining Rural Communities” on Thursday the 27th of April 2017 in Westport Town Hall, County Mayo. The Renewable Community Empowerment in Northern Territories (RECENT) project aimed to increase energy knowledge and resilience in rural communities. European partners in the RECENT project include the International Resources and Recycling Institute (IRRI) in Scotland, Jokkmokk Municipality in Sweden, University of Oulu in Finland, and Action Renewables in Northern Ireland. Speakers on the day included the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Udarás na Gaeltachta, Bord na Móna, the National Federation of Group Water Schemes, the Scottish Government and the Dundalk Institute of Technology. The objective of this European conference was to increase rural communities’ knowledge of renewable energy processes and to maximise potential of community owned water assets. Participants had the opportunity to engage with the speakers in the discussion forum and informally during the conference lunch. There were two key themes that this conference focused on, namely energy efficiency and water management. There were approximately 75 stakeholders in attendance at the conference.