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FIN­GAL County Coun­cil says it is on track to meet an am­bi­tious 2020 en­ergy re­duc­tion tar­get.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil is on track to meet an am­bi­tious tar­get of re­duc­ing its en­ergy con­sump­tion and car­bon emis­sions by 33% by 2020, hav­ing achieved ma­jor sav­ings over the past eight years.

Since 2010, Fin­gal County Coun­cil says it has achieved en­ergy sav­ings of 30.3%, ac­cord­ing to the En­ergy Review 2017 re­port com­piled by Dublin’s en­ergy agency, Codema.

The equiv­a­lent of 2,950 tonnes of C02 emis­sions have been saved so far in the drive to meet the ob­jec­tive. The four key Sig­nif­i­cant En­ergy Users (SUES) are Pub­lic Light­ing; Com­mu­nity Cen­tres and Li­braries; Trans­port; and Large Of­fices.

Pri­ori­tis­ing in­no­va­tive and chal­leng­ing mea­sures across the main SEUS cat­e­gories will be cru­cial for Fin­gal County Coun­cil to meet the re­main­ing 2.7% tar­get in time for the 2020 dead­line, the re­port states.

The re­place­ment of pub­lic light­ing with LED lamps, the retrofitting of com­mu­nity cen­tres and li­braries and the par­tial elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the trans­port fleet are three of the ar­eas that will be tack­led in the re­main­ing time pe­riod to achieve sav­ings.

The fi­nal area in­volves the pro­vi­sion of En­ergy Per­for­mance Con­tracts (EPC) in the County Hall in Swords and the civic of­fices, li­brary and Draiocht Arts Cen­tre in Blan­chard­stown. The EPC model places re­spon­si­bil­ity on the con­trac­tor to guar­an­tee en­ergy sav­ings over the life­time of the con­tract.

The En­ergy Review aims to demon­strate where en­ergy is used in the coun­cil, what drives its con­sump­tion, and where the great­est en­ergy-saving po­ten­tial is.

Last year Fin­gal County Coun­cil con­sumed the equiv­a­lent of 12,260 tonnes of C02 (56.5 gi­gawatt hours), cost­ing an es­ti­mated €4.1m across three prin­ci­pal en­ergy cat­e­gories of elec­tric­ity, gas/head­ing and trans­port fu­els.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Paul Reid said: ‘Fin­gal County Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to in­tro­duc­ing sus­tain­able mea­sures as part of our drive to com­bat cli­mate change. In­tro­duc­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mea­sures across our four Sig­nif­i­cant En­ergy Users (SUES) has been a ma­jor el­e­ment of this and I am happy to see that we are on track to meet our tar­gets. We will con­tinue to drive for­ward to achieve 40% re­duc­tion in emis­sions by 2030.’ Di­rec­tor of Codema Gerry Wardell said: ‘This En­ergy Review clearly high­lights that Fin­gal County Coun­cil is mak­ing great progress in re­duc­ing its en­ergy con­sump­tion and car­bon emis­sions.

‘By iden­ti­fy­ing and de­vel­op­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for sig­nif­i­cant en­ergy users such as pub­lic light­ing and trans­port, the En­ergy Review maps out how the Coun­cil can meet, and even ex­ceed, its en­ergy ef­fi­ciency tar­get by 2020.’

Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Paul Reid.

Com­mu­nity Cen­tres like this one in Ap­ple­wood are big en­ergy users

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