COUNCIL REDUCING ENERGY AND WILL HIT 2020 TARGETS
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL WORKING ON REDUCING ITS ENERGY USE
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