NI Central Government Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan to 2030
News source taken from The Strategic Investment Board
Central government is the largest aggregated energy consumer in Northern Ireland. This Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan offers the opportunity to provide leadership on energy efficiency, improve decarbonisation efforts and drive downward pressure on costs for Government.
This Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan for NI Central Government aims to support and significantly accelerate actions to maximise exploitation of energy efficiency opportunities in both current and future assets and work towards improved governance, accountability, strategic management and reporting arrangements for sustained longer-term success.
It is the result of an intense period of work with Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs), covering 3,051 publicly occupied assets. The EMS is inward-facing, therefore all Departments, and ALBs are within the scope of the strategy.
As part of the 2016/17 Asset Management Strategy Action Plan, SIB reviewed energy management opportunities across public assets in order to reduce demand and costs, generate revenue and provide this road map for delivery of energy and cost savings.
Two key objectives will determine the success of this Strategy and Action Plan, namely:
Establishing effective energy management processes that unlock value; and
Lowering net energy consumption by 30% by 2030 across Government (from a 2016/17 baseline year).
Progress against this 30% target will be assessed annually and will be informed by robust consumption data.
December 2018 -Department for the Economy agreed to act as sponsor Department
January 2019- Approved by the NICS board
February 2019- Implementation of the Strategy commenced
SIB is providing the Programme Director and Programme Manager for this initiative. They work closely with the Department for the Economy, who are the sponsor Department for the Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan for NI Central Government. The SIB communications team provides advice and support for the project.