Fourteen public bodies have signed a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) partnership to deliver energy savings of 33pc by 2020.
The 14 leading public bodies, which include the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Bus Éireann (who are incorporating energy-efficient lighting, as well as an eco-driving training programme) and An Garda Síochána (who have sensor-lighting systems, heating controls and upgraded insulation installed at a selection of Garda stations), have committed to an Energy Partnership initiative the SEAI, to deliver total cumulative energy of €330m by 2020.
“The public sector must lead the way on energy saving. We simply cannot afford the wasted costs, energy or CO2 emissions that come with inefficient practices. Today’s agreements show us that smart state companies and departments are making smart decisions. Every single Government department and public body should sign similar agreements with SEAI,” said the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan TD.
Prof Owen Lewis, CEO of SEAI, commended organisations on the good work already achieved but noted there was still a long way to go.
“All that is now required is for more public sector organisations to join the exemplary efforts of those who have already taken the first vital steps on the road to success.”
The companies involved in the partnership are:
- An Garda Síochána;
- Bus Éireann;
- Courts Service of Ireland;
- The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources;
- The Department of Justice and Law Reform;
- The Department of Education and Skills;
- The Health Service Executive;
- Irish Defence Forces;
- Irish Prison Service;
- Kerry County Council;
- Louth County Council;
- North Tipperary County Council;
- Office of Public Works;
- Railway Procurement Agency.