Friends of the Earth’s Kate Ruddock appointed to the board of SEAI

Published by Eric Maher on

10 March 2017

Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth Ireland, has been appointed to the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., appointed Ms Ruddock to the Board of SEAI this week.

She was selected after a competitive selection process and will hold the position for 5 years.

Ms Ruddock is part of the Friends of the Earth’s team, working as Deputy Director. She has been at the forefront of many of the organisation’s campaigns, including their work to ban fracking in Ireland and for the Irish government to divest from fossil fuels.

She has also worked as an environmental educator and consultant in both Ireland and overseas.Image result for friends of the earth ireland

She holds a Msc. in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, which focused on the principles of sustainable development, environmental politics, ecological economics, principles of water and waste management.

Minister Naughten said, “I am delighted to appoint Ms Ruddock to the Board of SEAI. I believe this appointment will add greatly to the expertise available to the Board as it oversees the implementation of the strategic mandate of SEAI.”


Image result for seai logoThe SEAI is the State agency charged with implementing energy efficiency programmes on behalf of the Department. SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. To fulfil this mission SEAI provides well-timed and informed advice to Government and deliver a range of programmes efficiently and effectively.

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Eric Maher

Eric Maher is a contributor to the Green News. He has a Masters in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from UCD.