Council commits to energy targets

Kilkenny local authorities have completed the signing of the energy map partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

Kilkenny local authorities have completed the signing of the energy map partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The public sector has been challenged to reach verifiable energy-efficiency savings of 33% by 2020. This target requires management commitment at the highest level and the involvement of all employees.

The council has admitted that the target is challenging, but reaching it is essential for the economy, the environment and the country. Every year Ireland spends almost €6 billion on imported energy, with the public sector accounting for more than €500 million per annum.

Present at the signing were county manager Joe Crockett and directors of service John Mulholland and Philip O’Neill. From the SEAI was Dr Brian Motherway, CEO, and Alan Ryan manager public sector of SEAI, and Paddy Phelan manager of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA).

In signing this agreement, the local authorities have committed to reducing energy consumption by delivering low energy public services to the people of the county. This will not only reduce the bottom line cost of delivered services but also make those services more sustainable into the future by insulating the local authority from rising cost of energy.

By achieving 33% verifiable savings by 2020 the local authority will implement the ISO 50001 approved energy map programme internally to daily service provision. The CKEA will support Kilkenny local authorities in achieving this target in partnership with SEAI by mentoring best practice in the field of energy demand reduction.