Report shows Public Sector is half way to energy efficiency target

Public Bodies made €120 million energy savings in 2014

25th January, 2016 - The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today published the Annual Report 2015 on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance which shows that in 2014 energy efficiency measures in public bodies reduced energy spend by €120 million. This puts the public sector about halfway towards its 33% energy efficiency target for 2020, against a backdrop of increasing demand for public services as the economy recovers.

The report includes annual returns from 281 public bodies with an energy spend of c.€600m, which represents 87% of total public sector energy spend. Overall the report shows strong progress with four out of five bodies more energy efficient and over half already on track to reach their energy savings target by 2020.

Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: "I want to congratulate the public sector bodies and staff who have worked to get us to this important milestone of being halfway to our 2020 energy efficiency target. Their efforts mean we are saving money, cutting harmful emissions and making our public sector more efficient. With less than five years to go there is still a lot to do, but I am confident that our ambitious 33% target can be met. The forthcoming Public Sector Energy Efficiency Action Plan will give added impetus to this important work."

Public Sector Report launchSpeaking at the launch hosted by Iarnród Éireann at Dublin's Heuston Station, Minister White said the transport sector would play a major role in Ireland's transition to a low carbon energy system. "The Energy White paper which I published last month, committed us to improve the energy efficiency of the rail network and support further rail electrification," he said.

Iarnród Éireann has completed substantial rolling stock and facilities upgrades making it 36% more efficient and reducing costs by €22 million. Mr David Franks, CEO of Iarnród Éireann said "For the past 10 years we have engaged in a number of projects which have dramatically reduced our energy costs. These efficiencies have contributed significant savings to our bottom line, but even more importantly they have made us the most sustainable form of land transport in Ireland."

Mr William Walsh, interim CEO of SEAI added "The report shows clear evidence of positive momentum and the savings possible. SEAI is working with all public bodies to meet the challenges ahead, making sure the public sector is a genuine exemplar."

This was the first year for schools to formally report and one quarter, nearly 1,000 schools, did so with over half of those demonstrating that they are have become more energy efficient and cut their energy bills.

The full report can be downloaded HERE


Editors Notes

National Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets an obligation on public bodies to improve energy efficiency by 33%, (as compared with 20% for the rest of the economy) to lead by example and to show all sectors what is possible through strong committed action.

The reporting scheme entails collating consumption data from over 40,000 electricity and gas meter points. The online Monitoring and Reporting system is based upon the groundwork put in place since 2009 by SEAI to enable the public sector to meet their energy efficiency reporting requirements.

  • The energy savings made in 2014 avoided 418,000 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions
  • Currently 71 public bodies accounting for €450m energy spend (65% of total PS energy spend) are signed up to formal energy agreements with SEAI. Of those, 17 have started the process for ISO 50001 certification.
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