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Jan 2018 right left

New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5


Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh


Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor


Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY


Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Action Renewables win EU award 9 November 2016

Action Renewables BATTERIE Project wins major Atlantic Stakeholder EU award



Terry Waugh of Action Renewables accepting the award

Action Renewables, the leading authority on renewables in Northern Ireland, has won a major Atlantic Stakeholder EU Award. The Award for the ‘BATTERIE’ project – a €3.4 million EU development project designed to help transform the transport and energy behaviour of millions of Europeans – was recently announced by The EU Commissioner for the Environment, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, at a prestigious award ceremony at Croke Park in Dublin.

Led by Action Renewables and assisted by South West College, the Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise (BATTERIE) project focused on innovative ways to integrate alternative fuels and smart technology into international air, road, rail and sea transport networks.

Terry Waugh, Deputy Director of Action Renewables, said BATTERIE produced a number of outputs designed to promote economic development and growth.

The most significant output of Action Renewables’ role within BATTERIE was the Web Based Journey Planning Tool, a world–first tool which enables the public toplan a journey in an electric vehicle. Journey planning tools exist all over the world for people to plan a journey using a car, bus, plane, train and on foot, but until now, electric car owners who wanted to plan their journey would have had to do it manually either using maps or in ‘real time’ using SatNav.

“This process takes time, may not be accurate, and does not provide any real–time link with charge points which may not be functioning correctly. The BATTERIE web based Journey Planning Tool is linked to public transport and allows intermodality planning. It allows the driver of an electric vehicle to plan a journey in a matter of seconds and we hope that this will help to alleviate some of the feelings of ‘range anxiety’ which potential buyers have cited as a reason for not purchasing an electric vehicle.”

BATTERIE was a 12–strong collaboration led by Action Renewables and brought together partners from across the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. The project received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Atlantic Area programme and match–support from the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Department of Regional Development (DRD).

BATTERIE’s Journey Planning Tool can be seen at To learn more about Action Renewables’ role on the BATTERIE project visit,


For more information please contact Julie McCabe ( /+44 (0)7801 989 950) or Brittany Breslin ( / + 44 (0)7786 964 645) at Massive PR ( +44 (0)2890 240 250).

Notes to the editor

About Action Renewables

Action Renewables was formed in 2003 as a limited company and not for profit. The company, which has 17 staff based at Boucher Business Studios Belfast, aims to facilitate, educate and advise public and private bodies on renewable energy. Action Renewables supports commercial renewable energy development, develops and supports European Projects, offers quality assurance to the renewable energy industry (Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification) and provides advice and information to Government. Action Renewables is widely recognised as the leading authority on renewables in Northern Ireland, and their vision is to be a leading European Renewable Energy Organisation.

About the Atlantic Area Programme

The Atlantic Area Programme is a transnational cooperation programme in the framework of the “European Territorial Cooperation” objective, which is one of the instruments of EU cohesion policy for the programming period 2014–20. It is financed by the European Commission through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with a total budget of €185 million. The Atlantic Area covers the entire territory of Ireland and the Atlantic regions of Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Its overall strategic objective is to achieve significant and tangible progress in transnational cooperation geared towards cohesive, sustainable and balanced territorial development of the Atlantic Area and its maritime heritage.


The SEUPB has a role to facilitate North/South participation in the INTERREG IVB Transnational Programmes which are relevant to Northern Ireland.

These programmes are:

  • Northern Periphery Programme
  • North West Europe Programme
  • Atlantic Area Programme

The SEUPB acts as the Regional Contact Point for Northern Ireland in the Northern Periphery Programme and works in an advisory and signposting role for the North West Europe Programme and the Atlantic Area Programme.