Heat Works

Heat Works was set up in 2020 as Ireland’s first not-for-profit energy utility. It is fully owned and operated by South Dublin County Council.

Heat Works intends to be an exemplar heat network business in Ireland, delivering economic, environmental, and social benefits for residents and businesses. It will become a prominent part of the county’s identity, supporting the local and national climate action plans by reducing its carbon footprint and helping make South Dublin a better place to live, work and visit.

Initially, its work will centre on the Tallaght District Heating Scheme, which has just gone live, and will be the first local authority-owned heat utility in Ireland.

The network will utilise waste-heat from a recently completed data centre and will supply the County Hall complex, Technical University of Dublin Tallaght campus, upcoming Innovation Centre and Affordable Apartment schemes. Design, construction, and subsequent operations are contracted with Fortum, a Finnish multi-national energy-supply company.

Phase 2 and expansion of the scheme to include other heat sources and further customers in Tallaght is currently in the planning stages.

Our Mission and Values

As a local energy company, our vision is to transform the heat industry and be the supplier to trust. As a business we value being able to provide:

1. A secure supply of low-carbon, locally-sourced heat and hot water on demand
2. High quality customer service
3. Environmental benefits through carbon savings and air quality improvements

Who we are

The Heat Works District Heating Development Manager is:

  • Admir Shala

The Heat Works board members are:

  • Eddie Conroy (Chairperson): Former County Architect, South Dublin County Council
  • Teresa Walsh (Secretary): Director of Environment, Water and Climate Change, South Dublin County Council
  • Jason Frehill (Member): Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development, South Dublin County Council
  • Paul McDunphy (Member): Head of Campus & Estates, TU Dublin
  • Donna Gartland (Member): CEO, Codema – Dublin’s energy agency

CO2 Savings

Heat Works is operating as Ireland’s first not-for-profit utility. The Tallaght District Heating Scheme will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions in the area, saving almost 1,500 tonnes of COeach year and establishing Tallaght as a leader in innovation in the area of climate change.

Charging Policy

Heat Works’ heat price will be competitive with alternative heating technologies, in order to ensure value for customers.

Heat Works is Ireland’s first not-for-profit utility and is operated by South Dublin County Council, so we will be fully transparent with customers when it comes to heat prices.

Why Choose Us?

  • Lower emissions and greater use of renewable energy
  • Hot water on demand 24/7 – very reliable system, no more worrying about leaving the immersion on!
  • No boiler in your home – more space, less maintenance
  • Improved air quality
  • Better Building Energy Ratings
  • Flexible system – future-proofed to provide heat from multiple renewable sources
  • Cost – the heat price will be competitive with alternative heating technologies, in order to ensure value for customers
  • Support for the local circular economy – investing in a low-carbon future for Ireland’s heating sector reduces our reliance on imported fossil fuels