October 29, 2007

Ireland submits energy efficiency plans

Ireland has become the seventeenth EU Member State to submit a national energy efficiency action plan to the European Commission, as required under the 2006 Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive. The Irish plan, released on 3 October, aims to achieve energy efficiency savings of 20% by 2020, including 33% for the public sector. Irish energy demands have grown by 70% in the past 15 years but the new plan aims to achieve savings of EUR 1.7 billion.

Key measures include energy efficiency programmes for all government departments, local authorities and other public sector buildings such as hospitals. Green public procurement guidelines will be issued and all public bodies will be required to purchase energy-efficient lighting from the end of the year (including all street and traffic lights). An energy rating system for public buildings will also be introduced from 2008. Ireland was three months late in submitting its plan, which was due at the end of June. A number of other Member States still have plans pending. Further details at: http://www.dcmnr.gov.ie/NR/rdonlyres/6AF7E508-151A-4117-8B30-03698CDA66C4/0/NationalEnergyEfficiencyActionPlan.pdf

Posted by iroadmin at October 29, 2007 12:32 PM

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