The public sector has been set a target of 33% energy efficiency savings of by 2020, equal to 3,240 GWh. This represents 10% of the energy saving required by 2020 for the entire economy (a national target of 20% saving has been set for the economy as a whole). Reaching this ambitious target will require radical action by the public sector.
The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the European Communities (Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services) Regulations 2009 mandate the following obligations and targets;
- All public sector bodies from 1 January 2011 shall include in annual reports, a statement describing the actions it is taking to improve its energy efficiency and an assessment of its progress towards the 33% target.
- Put energy efficiency programmes in place for Government Departments, State Agencies, Local Authorities, the Health Service and all other areas of the public sector.
- Implement energy-efficient procurement practices.
- All public sector buildings over 1,000m2 must have a Display Energy Certificate on show to demonstrate actual energy use and the Building Energy Rating.
SEAI assistance is available to identify energy savings and improve this rating in the future.
- Ireland is must now submit a National Inventory Report on greenhouse gases to the United Nations Climate Change secretariat. Every public service organisation will be required to adopt specific targets to reduce emissions, and to measure and report progress in their annual reports.