The SEAI Public Sector Programme supports the Irish public sector achieve a national energy efficiency target of 33% by 2020. A 2030 target is being developed. There are 350 public bodies, from small offices, 3rd level, hospitals, charities, local authorities, transport, up to large semi state companies. It also includes 3800 schools.
SEAI offers a number of supports, from energy management, to training, networking, innovative capital grants for project development and implementation, and more recently deeper coordination supports at technology and sectoral levels to develop a national project pipeline. Public bodies must report to SEAI annually on their energy performance. They do this on an online system called Monitoring and Reporting (M&R). Over 95% of public bodies reported last year and 62% of schools. This data forms the basis of targets on government departments and their aegis public bodies. The data is being used to develop the project pipeline, identify the gap to target in organisations and planning the projects to close the gap. Collectively the programme supports the implementation of the National Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy.
Ryan Alan, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)