Irish Public Bodies Saved 1 Billion Due to Energy Efficiency

10 December 2018

Irish Public Bodies have saved over 1 Billion since 2009 due to increased energy efficiency.

A new report published by Minister Richard Bruton, T.D. found that Irish public bodies saved 191 million and avoided 667,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017 due to increased energy efficiency. This brought the total to over 1 billion saved and 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 avoided since 2009. The sector has become 24% more efficient since 2009 and is on track to meet the 33% energy efficient target by 2020.

Minister Bruton commented, This is a significant achievement but it can be further improved. While some bodies are doing very well, the range of performance varies across public bodies. Of the 34 bodies who use greater than 50 EWH per year, 11 have achieved savings of over 30%, but some have not yet even achieved 10%. Further significant progress could be made if health, some areas of education and commercial state bodies further improved performance and reached their target of 200KT CO2 saved per year.

We have a national Strategy to encourage and support Public Sector bodies in achieving their goals and SEAI are working with my Department to make guidance and support available to assist public bodies its crucial all Departments and bodies engage pro-actively in this process."

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