2013-03-04 04:01:38 - Clare Senator and Fine Gael Senate Spokesman on Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Tony Mulcahy has said that the Government’s launch of a €70m Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) for public and commercial buildings will help to create new jobs and developer significant energy savings.
The Fund is a cornerstone of Ireland’s second National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) published last week.
Senator Mulcahy explained: “This Plan outlines how Ireland will deliver the national 2020 energy saving target of 20% which will save Ireland €2.4 billion in energy costs. Ireland is on track to exceed this target which will result in avoided carbon emissions of 7.7mt – equivalent to the emissions of 1.2 million homes.”
“This Fund will provide finance to energy efficiency projects across the public and commercial sectors, and will deliver up to 675 direct and indirect jobs for every 10 million euro expenditure. A key focus of the Plan is for the public sector to act as an exemplar in how it uses
and procures energy,” he added.
Senator Mulcahy called on public and private sector operators in the Clare area to heed the Government’s call for Exemplar Projects, which if selected will receive technical assistance from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) designed to help them access the €70m Energy Efficiency Fund.
Further detail on the National Energy Performance Contracting Framework and how to apply as an exemplar project is available on www.seai.ie/WorkplaceSupports.
Note to Editor:
Senator Tony Mulcahy is available for interview on 086-2436345