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Commitment to energy management is vital to its success. When senior management commits to the process then you can make formal plans and secure the correct resources.

Without this support there is a risk that any actions you take will be less effective.

You need a formal policy to make this commitment clear to staff at all levels and explain to them how they are involved. This pillar covers the essential steps in assigning the key roles. It also gives guidance for creating a policy that will suit your specific aims and needs.

Take a moment to consider what is the key measure of success in your business with regard to transport:

  • Number of jobs completed by a service engineer
  • Tonnes of goods delivered for a long-distance heavy goods vehicle
  • Number of cases delivered for a multi-drop delivery vehicle
  • Number of passengers carried

For service and office based workers the key measure of success may be less tangible, related to profits, say. There may therefore be little correlation between whether a meeting is face to face, by phone or by video conference and your profits. For these employees, senior management commitment and leadership is vital.

Background information on transport in Ireland. © Copyright SEAI Energy in Transport - Trends and Influencing Factors 2006.

General Context

The transport sector in Ireland is a significant fuel consumer. In 2005, it accounted for 33% (5,089 ktoe) of Ireland’s primary energy demand or 41% of final energy demand, consuming more than twice as much as industry.

The sector was responsible for 33% (15,273 kt CO2) of Ireland’s energy related CO2 emissions, higher than any of the other sectors, namely industry, residential and services sectors. Final energy use in the transport sector has grown by 151% (6.3% per annum on average) between 1990 and 2005, the fastest growth rate of all sectors. Growth of 8% was recorded in 2005.

In 2005, energy use in transport was over 99% dependent on oil products, all of which were imported. The sector with the second highest oil dependency was the residential sector where oil accounted for 30% of total fuel usage. Estimated total spend on transport energy, excluding air, in 2005 was €5.2 billion. Split Road transport accounted for 65% of the total fuel consumption in the transport sector and thus for 26% of economy wide total final consumption in 2005.

The largest category, road private car was responsible for 59% of road transport and 38% (1.9 Mtoe approx.) of all transport fuel usage in 2005.

Fuel consumption by road freight increased by 264% (9% per annum) over the period 1990 to 2005 making it the mode with the highest growth rate.

Annual Mileage and Vehicle Efficiency

The combined average mileage for petrol and diesel cars in 2005 was 16,892 kilometres (10,498 miles). Diesel cars had an average mileage of 23,811 km (14,799 miles) with the average for petrol being 15,966 km (9,923 miles).

Average mileage for all private cars has fallen by 9.9% (2.3% per annum on average) over the period 2001 to 2005. Petrol car annual mileage fell by 6.8% (1.8% per annum) while diesel car average mileage fell by 9.9% (2.7% per annum). The data suggests that average annual mileage is decreasing in Ireland while ownership rates are increasing. Many households now own two cars which will typically increase the transport energy usage per household but will also reduce per car average mileage.

Total mileage by all private cars increased by 13% over the period 2001 to 2005.  Mileage by petrol cars increased by 11% and diesel cars by 23%.

Annual average mileage data for petrol and diesel taxi /hackney vehicles increased by 62% (13% per annum) over the period 2001 to 2005 with a 30% (6.8% per annum) increase for diesel vehicles.

The specific fuel consumption for new petrol cars on the road in Ireland in 2005 was 7.2 litres/100km (40 miles per gallon, mpg). This represents an increase of 1.6% (decrease in fuel efficiency) on the average consumption in 2000 and indicates that; overall, the weighted average of newly purchased petrol cars is becoming less fuel efficient.

The comparable 2005 fuel efficiency figure for new diesel cars was 6.3 litres/100km (45 mpg), which was 2.1% higher than in 2000.

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