SEAI says backing sustainable energy will improve lives
13 July 2017
Launching the SEAI's new five year strategy are (L to R) Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, SEAI; Julie O’Neill, Chairperson, SEAI and Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Photo Iain White / Fennell Photography
The state agency has launched a new five year strategy which outlines how they will target deeper retrofit of our building stock, greater uptake of electric vehicles and empower citizens to use less energy.
Ireland faces significant challenges ahead and only the improved delivery of sustainable energy solutions can help improve citizens’ quality of life, protect the economy and allow us meet the challenge posed by climate change. That was the message from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as it launched its new five-year strategy today.
The new strategy envisions an Ireland where energy is sustainable, secure and clean. Over the course of the coming five years, the Authority will seek to ensure citizens play an active role in the transition to a low carbon economy and a healthier future.
“SEAI has shown that it can deliver,” said Julie O’Neill, Chairperson of the Authority. “Since our last strategy was published, we have invested over €400 million in sustainable energy projects throughout the country. This has saved the Irish economy over €1 billion in that time. Now it is time to be even more ambitious because the challenge set out in the Government’s White Paper remains stark. It will require citizens, business, policy makers and regulators to work together in pursuit of this shared goal.”
Recognising the scale of the task ahead, the SEAI will focus on a number of critical areas such as empowering citizens by giving them the means to use less energy and use clean energy at an individual level, raising awareness of sustainable energy, and increasing the impact from grant schemes. SEAI will also target deeper retrofit of our building stock, greater uptake of electric vehicles, further development in the public sector, provision of expert and authoritative analysis and enhancing the value derived from energy research and innovation.
“We are at the forefront of delivering material and measurable impact when it comes to energy savings and the transition to a low carbon future,” said Jim Gannon CEO of SEAI. “We strive to be an open, accessible organisation taking direct actions that enable the country to achieve its climate change targets and provide a healthy, secure and clean energy future. Our investment in homes, businesses and communities has delivered tangible results and we will continue to expand both the reach and impact of these activities. We want to lead the transformation of the Irish economy to a lower carbon future – nothing less will do given the level of the challenge the country faces.”
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten congratulated the SEAI on the new strategy saying “The SEAI is a vital player in enabling Ireland to develop a new energy future and almost unique in their delivery of direct action and tangible results in addressing our response to climate change and promoting energy efficiency. One of my main priorities as Minister is to ensure that the SEAI is resourced properly to allow it to drive change at community level.”
Since the SEAI published their last strategy in 2011, over €400 million has been invested in energy projects and over 2000 direct jobs supported each year. Over 200,000 home energy upgrades have been supported and 230 community energy projects completed. The public sector is 21% more energy efficient and is currently avoiding €150 million energy costs annually. View the full infographic (PDF).