The public sector is leading the way for energy efficiency in Ireland. Reaching their 2020 targets requires radical action, and we are here to help.

EU and national energy efficiency obligations

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the European Communities Regulations have set out the obligations and targets for public bodies. This has been underpinned by the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy.

Energy efficiency improvements

Every public service organisation is required to achieve a 33% energy efficiency improvement by the end of 2020. Our Partnership Programme aims to work with organisations who commit to achieving the target. We can help you achieve greater savings, and reduce your energy use.

Become a partner

Energy management programmes

Energy management programmes must be embedded in every public sector organisation. This is a core requirement of the public sector strategy. Through our Public Sector Programme, we will help you set up the most suitable energy efficiency measures for your organisation.

Get involved in the Public Sector Energy Programme

Display Energy Certificate (DEC)

Public sector buildings over 250m2 must have a Display Energy Certificate to clearly show their energy use and Building Energy Rating. There are supports available under the Public Sector Programme to assist organisations in improving their rating.

Get a DEC

Annual Energy Statement

Public bodies are legally obliged to publish annual statements describing the actions they are taking to improve their energy performance. The format of the statement is specified by SEAI.

EU and national energy efficiency targets

The public sector has a stretch target of 33% energy efficiency savings by 2020 to demonstrate leadership to all other sectors of the economy in reducing our national energy use.

  • 33%

    Energy efficiency savings by 2020
  • 4,606

    GWh savings in energy efficiency

Procurement practices

Under Green Public Procurement, all public bodies must implement energy efficient procurement practices for equipment and facilities.

2030 targets

The 2019 Climate Action Plan set out 2030 targets for the Public Sector:

  • reduce CO2 equivalent emissions from the sector by 30%
  • improve energy efficiency by 50%.

SEAI is working with stakeholders to fully define the targets and is consulting with public bodies to define the methodology that will be used to track progress towards the targets.  Join the conversation on Energy Link to keep up to date with progress.

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