Report shows Public Sector is half way to energy efficiency target

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today published the Annual Report 2015 on Public Sector Energy Efficiency Performance which shows that in 2014 energy efficiency measures in public bodies reduced energy spend by €120 million. This puts the public sector about halfway towards its 33% energy efficiency target for 2020, against a backdrop of increasing demand for public services as the economy recovers.

The report includes annual returns from 281 public bodies with an energy spend of c.€600m, which represents 87% of total public sector energy spend. Overall the report shows strong progress with four out of five bodies more energy efficient and over half already on track to reach their energy savings target by 2020.

Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: “I want to congratulate the public sector bodies and staff who have worked to get us to this important milestone of being halfway to our 2020 energy efficiency target. Their efforts mean we are saving money, cutting harmful emissions and making our public sector more efficient. With less than five years to go there is still a lot to do, but I am confident that our ambitious 33% target can be met. The forthcoming Public Sector Energy Efficiency Action Plan will give added impetus to this important work.”

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