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SEAI Reveals €1.55 billion in Public Energy savings with SensorCIS


SEAI Reveals €1.55 billion in Public Energy savings with SensorCIS

Ultan Technologies’ SensorCIS continues to be the reporting tool used to provide public bodies with energy efficiency performance information, facilitating the achievement of 2030 targets. The 2020 report finds that public sector bodies saved 788,000 of ‘avoided CO2 emissions’ in 2019.

The seventh annual report on the energy efficiency performance of public bodies in Ireland showed that the energy efficiency performance achieved for 2019 is a good result, at 29% improvement on business as usual, representing €287 million in cost savings for the sector in 2019.

This 29% improvement represents proactive engagement by all public bodies and their Energy Performance Officers since the introduction of the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy.

Data from SensorCIS was used by the SEAI to provide evidence of the public bodies’ efficiency gains through the implementation of thousands of diverse projects. Here are the key findings from the analysis of the data reported by 348 public bodies and 2,569 schools for 2019:

  • Their combined total primary energy consumption was 9,898 GWh and their total energy spend was €699 million.
  • This is estimated to represent 98% of the energy consumption of the sector.
  • Annual primary energy savings of 4,064 GWh were achieved, which is equivalent to 788,000 tonnes of CO2 savings.
  • These savings amount to a 29% improvement on business as usual, representing €287 million in cost savings for the sector in 2019.
  • The cumulative avoided CO2 emissions since the baseline amount to 5,218,000 tonnes, while the cumulative value of energy savings over the same period is €1,554 million. 

The consumption of reporting organisations represents 98% of total public sector energy consumption. While the level of reporting by public sector organisations is very strong in terms of compliance, the aim is that all public bodies’ consumption, including that of all schools, will be reported in future years.

The reporting compliance rate for schools for 2019 was 70%, which is a decrease from the 73% compliance rate the previous year.

It is considered a reasonable response given the technical complexity of the data requirements.

"SEAI has worked hard with the public bodies and schools to help them achieve the improvements in energy efficiency we are reporting on today. The evident improvements show that the 33% energy efficiency target for the public sector is within grasp. Our focus now shifts to the next decade and achieving the ambitious but challenging targets for 2030. The public sector is being asked again to show real leadership in the energy transition, the outcome of which will enhance our public services and the lives of all citizens. SEAI is available to support public bodies to achieve the changes necessary to meet this ambitious target. With our training and advice as well as significant capital grants towards large scale retrofit investments, we can help all public bodies scale up their energy saving ambitions."
William Walsh

It is expected that the COVID 19 crisis will impact public sector energy performance for the reporting year 2020 and the achievement of the 2020 target. The extent of this impact will not be clear until 2021.

SensorCIS is used by the public bodies to report their energy consumption data. It is also being used by several organisations (including Public Bodies) to monitor their energy usage on a real time basis. Ultan Technologies’ energy managers have helped all of their metering clients to achieve savings that are greater than the cost of the meters installed.

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