Obligations and Targets
The public sector is leading the way on climate action in Ireland. Reaching the 2030 targets requires radical action, and we are here to help.
51%Reduction in GHG emissions by 2030
50%Improvement in energy efficiency by 2030
The 2030 Targets
By 2030, every public sector organisation is required to achieve:
- 51% reduction in energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- 51% reduction in thermal (heating and transport) related greenhouse gas emissions
- 50% improvement in energy efficiency
Achieving the 2030 targets will require a renewed effort and long-term strategic planning to secure resources and investment.
Climate Action Roadmaps
All public sector bodies other than schools, local authorities and commercial semi-states must produce a Climate Action Roadmap detailing how they will meet the latest Climate Action Mandate. The next version of the Climate Action Roadmap must be produced by the end of September 2023. Guidance for producing the Climate Action Roadmap can be found here.
Public Sector Partnership
Our Partnership Programme aims to work with organisations who commit to achieving their targets. We can help you cut your emissions and your energy use.Become a partner
Energy management programmes
Energy management programmes must be embedded in every public sector organisation. Over the next decade, all public bodies will need to implement a structured energy management programme, engage adequate resources, and have an ongoing investment programme in energy management and energy-saving actions.
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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.
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.
Green Public Procurement
Under Green Public Procurement, all public bodies must implement energy efficient procurement practices for equipment and facilities.