Using data generated by Ultan Technologies’ SensorCIS reporting tool, the SEAI’s Annual Report 2015 shows that public bodies are now halfway towards meeting their target of 33% energy efficiency by 2020. The report, launched by Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and National Resources last month, also indicates that four out of every five public bodies have successfully taken steps towards improving their energy efficiency.
The SEAI, Ireland’s national energy authority, have chosen SensorCIS as the software product to be used by all public bodies in Ireland for the reporting of energy consumption. The 2015 report establishes Ultan Technologies and SensorCIS as key partners in SEAI’s mission to transform Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.
Speaking at the launch hosted at Dublin’s Heuston Station, Minister White 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.”
SensorCIS was instrumental in the reporting process which resulted in:
- 281 out of 324 public bodies providing data.
- Four out of five public bodies improving their energy efficiency.
- €120 million reduction in energy spend for 2014.
- Over 50% of public bodies on track to reach their energy targets by the 2020 deadline.
For more information see: 2015 SEAI report
Key to the success of SensorCIS has been the facility to provide all energy data in one location. Organisations have used the system not only in the reporting process, but also as an invaluable tool in the completion of day-to-day energy management tasks.
SensorCIS has also made a significant contribution in promoting energy efficiency by allowing public bodies to share details of successful energy initiatives. With public bodies now aware that energy efficiency results are published each year, a sense of friendly competition has subsequently been fostered; this in turn has encouraged strategic thinking with regard to energy efficiency.
Above: SensorCIS data. For more information see: SensorCIS features
The savings published in the SEAI’s annual report amount to:
- an overall figure of 1,840 GWh (Gigawatt hours), equivalent to 418,000 tonnes of carbon saved.
- A 17% improvement on the most recent figure, representing a cost saving of €121m.
2014 was the first year in which schools could record their energy consumption, and nearly a quarter of the country’s schools (977 out of 3,745) responded. Figures show that over half had become more energy efficient, making significant savings on their bills.SensorCIS played a significant role in this process by providing an easy-to-use interface for schools to engage with in reporting their energy consumption.
The SEAI’s annual report not only demonstrates the continued commitment of Ireland’s public bodies to meeting their 2020 energy efficiency targets, but also illustrates the
key role played by SensorCIS as both an invaluable reporting tool and a means of
encouraging energy efficient thinking.