The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) published its achievements statement for 2016 highlighting its advocacy and support schemes which delivered €130 million in efficiency upgrades. Over 24,000 homes and almost 400 community buildings benefited from the works completed. The national energy authority also provided almost €5 million funding to 41 research, development and demonstration projects across renewable and energy efficiency technologies and practices.
SEAI also worked extensively with the public sector to help it achieve its national energy performance targets and fulfil its exemplar role. 80 public bodies, accounting for 80% of the sector’s energy spend, are now committed to SEAI led structured energy management programmes. Eight of those participated in SEAI’s accelerator programme and achieved the demanding international certification to ISO50001.
SEAI supported more than €40 million investment in energy upgrades by sustainable energy communities. And the rapidly growing sustainable energy community network now boasts more than 60 members who collectively influence more than €500 million in energy spend.
Speaking today, Mr Jim Gannon CEO of SEAI said: “2016 was record year of achievement across all programmes at SEAI. I am particularly pleased at the significant progress we made building capacity in energy communities as these will be the engine of Ireland’s sustainable energy transition.
Gannon continued: “Looking to 2017, SEAI’s activities are set to expand considerably as a result on the increased budget allocation from Government. This will allow SEAI pilot aspects of deep building retrofit which will be essential to transform our aging building stock, and an even greater focus on empowering the consumer and communities to define their own pathway to a more sustainable future. We will also establish a team specifically focussed on behavioural economics – which will design mechanisms to mobilise consumers towards greater energy efficiency.”
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SEAI 2016 Achievements
Making homes more energy efficient
- €38 million grant aid towards total investment of €90m energy upgrades in 22,000 homes
- 3,060 jobs supported
- 93,000 residential BERs published
Supporting energy communities
- 37 community projects supported with €17 million for total investment €41 million benefiting 383 community buildings and 2,000 homes
- 61 Sustainable Energy Communities in National Network with ability to influence up to €500 million energy spend each year
Mobilising business and public sectors
- 80 Public bodies, accounting for €480m energy spend, now signed up to structured energy management programmes with SEAI
- Eight (8) have completed ISO50001 certification with 20 more in progress
- Large Industry Energy Network has 192 members, an energy spend of €1.1billion and avoided energy spend of €25m
- 475 SMEs received energy advice from SEAI
- 120 SEAI Energy Awards entrants achieved annual energy savings of €100 million
- 17,400 exemplar energy efficient products registered from 350 suppliers
- 7,000 non-domestic ratings published
Making clean energy technology happen
- 24 renewable energy RD&D projects supported with €1 million
- €3.8 million support for ocean energy development including 17 new prototype ocean energy projects
- SEAI participating in seven (7) separate IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes
- Irish energy researchers have drawn down €27 million under Horizon 2020
- SEAI’s award winning Energy GIS expanded to include heat demand maps and small-scale hydro
- Ten statistical analysis and policy advisory reports published
- €3.1 million in electric vehicle (EV) grants disbursed, putting 667 additional EVs on the road
Engaging and empowering society
- Record 1.27 million visits to www.seai.ie
- >16,000 social media connections
- 50,000 pupils engaged through SEAI schools programme
- 120,000 calls and emails serviced with Nett Promoter Score of 76
- WebChat service launched
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2016 was record year of achievement across all programmes at SEAI. I am particularly pleased at the significant progress we made building capacity in energy communities as these will be the engine of Ireland’s sustainable energy transition.