Third Level education bodies are currently at 38% energy efficiency improvement against a target of 33%. Learn more about their energy consumption and energy saving projects.

By 2019, Third Level education bodies had saved 38%, or 465 GWh, since their baseline. This is equivalent to 85,000 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions or €33 million. Based on the latest data, the 33% target for 2020 is equivalent to 406 GWh.

Energy consumption 2019

 2019
Third Level Education8
Other Public Sector92
Source: SEAI
Sector Total Primary GWh Percentage

Third Level Education

766 8%
Other Public Sector 9,133 92%

Energy breakdown 2019

 2019
Grid electricity58
Fossil fuels42
Renewable energy0
Source: SEAI
Energy breakdown Total Primary GWh Percentage
Grid electricity 443 58%
Fossil Fuels 321 42%
Renewable energy 2 0%

Fuel mix 2019

 2019
Electricity58
Transport0
Natural gas40
LPG and biogas1
Heating oils2
Other renewable fuels0
Source: SEAI
Fuel type Total Primary GWh Percentage
Electricity 443 58%
Transport 2 0%
Natural gas 303 40%
LPG and biogas 5 1%
Heating oils 12 2%
Other renewable fuels 1 0%

Energy end use

 2019
Education buildings82
Other buildings9
Other2
Unknown7
Source: SEAI
End use Total Primary GWh Percentage
Education buildings 631 82%
Other buildings 73 9%
Other 9 2%
Unknown 53 7%

Savings and gap to 2020 target

YearSavings
2009129
2010119
2011188
2012197
2013263
2014282
2015323
2016331
2017378
2018422
2019465
2020406
Source: SEAI
Savings 2019 Cumulative since baseline
GWh 465 3,162
% 38%  
tCO2 85,000 651,000
€33 million €201 million

Energy saving projects

 2019
Lighting31
Buildings (excl lighting)28
ICT systems1
Energy management17
Procurement and energy supply3
Water services2
Combination / Other19
Source: SEAI
Energy Saving Projects No. of projects Percentage
Lighting 160 31%
Buildings (excl Lighting) 146 28%
ICT systems 4 1%
Energy management 88 17%
Procurement and energy supply 13 3%
Water services 12 2%
Combination / other 97 19%