Introduction to Monitoring and Reporting
Public bodies and schools must report their energy performance annually using the Monitoring and Reporting system.
Achieving our National Energy Targets
All public bodies, including schools, must achieve a 51% reduction in energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a 50% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. It is up to each individual organisation to determine how the targets can be best achieved. We are here to help.
The 2022 annual report on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance covering 2021 shows overall public sector energy efficiency gains of 31.5%. This improvement is equivalent to 4,353 GWh of avoided primary energy consumption, representing €307 million in cost savings for the sector. Non-electricity greenhouse gas emissions had decreased by 2.7% since the greenhouse gas baseline, while total emissions had decreased by 14.1%.
There is a real business case for investing in better energy management in the Public Sector:
- Cost reductions free up budget that can be allocated to core activities
- A reduction in CO2 emissions delivers environmental benefits
- Energy security is improved at both organisational and national levels
Types of organisations who must report
The public sector is considered to encompass the following for M&R:
- Civil Service
- Commercial and non-commercial State Bodies
- State-owned financial institutions
- The Defence Forces
- An Garda Síochána
- Health Service Executive and Voluntary Hospitals
- Local and Regional Authorities
- Schools, Education & Training Boards (ETBs) and centres for education
- Universities and colleges
- Other organisations, including charities in receipt of 75% or more of their funding from the public sector
The Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) system offers several benefits to your organisation:
- Enables your organisation to fulfil your legal obligations with respect to reporting
- Provides a summary of your organisation’s overall energy performance
- Access to your organisation’s electricity and natural gas consumption data for recent years
- Allows comparison with the progress of other public bodies in achieving targets
- Showcases your achievements
It also helps organisations understand their energy consumption, target areas for improvement, identify opportunities, review progress, monitor and benchmark performance and validate savings.
How M&R works
Each public sector organisation is required to report the following data through the M&R system:
- Annual energy consumption for all energy types.
- Annual value that quantifies the level of activity undertaken by the organisation each year. This is referred to as the activity metric.
- Details of energy saving projects implemented and planned.
- Summary of the approach adopted for reviewing the organisation's energy management programme.
Reporting for 2022
The reporting cycle will be open in January 2023. Key cycle dates are as follows:
|Key cycle stage||Agreed Date|
|M&R system open for data entry||1 January 2023|
|Meter data deadline||Friday, 27 January 2023 at 5pm|
|Provisional scorecard available||10 April 2023|
|Final data deadline||Friday, 19 May 2023 at 5pm|
|Notification of DVAs||
TBD June 2023
25 August 2023 at 5pm
|Final scorecard available||
26 August 2023
Annual Report 2023 on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance
What SEAI publishes
SEAI reserves the right to publish all of the organisation-level data listed in paragraph 5 of the M&R terms & conditions. SEAI currently publishes data from the M&R system in two ways.
Annual report on energy consumption in the public sector
This report presents aggregated data on public sector energy consumption and performance, as well as case studies highlighting exemplary performance. It also lists the energy savings since baseline (%) for all organisations that have submitted a complete report to SEAI.
Data on individual public bodies
SEAI also publishes detailed organisation-level energy consumption and performance data, and a database of energy-saving projects.View the latest results
We offer a range of supports including free training workshops, step-by-step videos and guides to help you complete your M&R report.View SEAI supports