12 December 2018 - Carlow Go back to News
Irish Water commits to a new strategic energy initiative in partnership with SEAI
Committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions
Irish Water has renewed the Public Sector Energy Partnership Programme with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the utility has committed to a new strategic initiative to embed energy efficiency in its operations.
Treating and safeguarding drinking water and treating and returning wastewater to the sea are very energy intensive activities. Irish Water accounts for 21% of public sector electricity consumption and is by far the largest consumer of electricity in the public sector.
Make energying efficiency an integral part of our BAU
Mindful of both the cost of energy and the impact on the environment, Irish Water developed a Sustainable Energy Strategy in 2016 which is underpinned by Irish Water’s Energy Policy. Both the policy and the strategy set out Irish Water’s commitment and our objectives for improving energy efficiency and reducing our carbon emissions.
Irish Water has made significant progress in making our plants and our business more energy efficient. By 2017, water services had achieved a 22.4% improvement in energy efficiency performance with a corresponding saving of over 51,000 tonnes of carbon. Irish Water is implementing a sustainable energy strategy to increase our energy efficiency to 33% by 2020.
Energy efficient design for all projects
Talking about Irish Water’s and SEAI’s Public Sector Energy Partnership Programme, Irish Water’s Managing Director Eamon Gallen said “We are delighted to be working with SEAI and to get their support to develop a longer term strategic initiative to support the embedding of energy efficiency within Irish Water. It will build on Irish Water’s sustainable energy strategy to become an energy efficient, low carbon, sustainable water utility.”
“Irish Water’s goal, with support from the SEAI, is to make energy efficiency an integral part of business as usual. We have already started to implement energy efficient design for all projects and Irish Water will leverage SEAI’s proven methodologies and expertise in this area. Irish Water will continue to embed energy efficiency measures into our current plants and other assets. Energy efficiency will become part of projects at all stages including concept, initial design, through procurement, construction, commissioning and handover, to operation and maintenance over the long term.”
“This is a great opportunity for both ourselves and SEAI to transform the industry at a national level and embed energy efficiency within our operations to help achieve the optimal long term sustainable outcome.”
Commenting on the partnership, Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI said “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Irish Water and to bring our collaboration to a new level. SEAI offers support, advice and training to public bodies and our most recent report shows that the public sector has made €1 billion in energy savings and avoided 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions since 2009. We look forward to helping Irish Water reduce and decarbonise their energy consumption as they continue to improve our critical water infrastructure.”
Leveraging SEAI’s proven methodologies and expertise
Irish Water is affirming its commitment to reviewing and implementing a structured energy management programme; implementing an annual action plan to deliver energy savings in the short term; identifying and implementing longer term strategic initiatives; adopting energy efficient procurement practices; reporting annually on our energy efficiency initiative and savings made; and sharing information on our progress with SEAI. For their part SEAI, as part of this partnership is committed to working in partnership with Irish Water helping the utility to achieve valuable and sustainable energy savings as a contribution to meeting the national target for 2020 and beyond.
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