Dublin City Council (DCC) is the largest Local Authority in the country. Employing 6,000 staff, the Council delivers over 500 services to the people living in, working in and visiting Dublin city.

DCC won the Leadership in Public Sector Award at the SEAI Energy Awards 2020 and is one of ten award winners.


  • 9,000

    social housing units BER upgraded
  • 34%

    in energy savings
  • €38m

    in fuel savings

Key Achievements

One of the first Local Authorities

to achieve the 2020 targets

4,000 functional lights

upgraded to LED in 2020

29 electric vehicles

in the DCC fleet with 19 more on order

20% increase in energy efficiency

in public lighting across city

The Project

DCC’s Energy team developed a Climate and Energy Action Plan in consultation with the public. The team has received great support from senior management, which supported its work on the five key Climate Action Areas: Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood, Nature and Resource.

Since beginning its energy journey, DCC has delivered energy savings of 34%. It has used innovative contracts to achieve its objectives, exhibiting to other public bodies what can be achieved through replication and coordination. The Council recognises the multiple benefits of energy efficiency such as alleviating energy poverty in social housing and, through sustainable urban mobility plans, improving the air quality in the city.

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What's next?

The Climate Action plan, developed through public consultation, with all four Dublin Local Authorities is now being implemented and this has a target of 40% reduction in carbon emissions. DCC is also aiming to upgrade 30% of it’s housing stock to a B2 BER rating.

“We are delighted to have won the Leadership in Public Sector category this year at the SEAI Energy Awards. It’s a reflection on the quality of work that we have done throughout the length and breadth of the organisation.” – Cormac Healy, Energy Management Lead, Dublin City Council

2020 SEAI Energy Awards

A total of ten awards were presented to individuals, businesses, communities, and public sector organisations in recognition of their commitment and dedication to sustainable energy and climate action.

The online awards ceremony was hosted by broadcast journalist, Andrea Gilligan, who was joined by Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan T.D. for a special interview.

Read about our winners