Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Description:Buliding on the energy "Green Paper" and related consultation process conducted during 2006, the Irish government released an energy "White Paper" in March 2007. This paper sets out a national energy policy framework for the years 2007 to 2020. The strategic goals of the paper relate to security of supply, sustainability of energy and competitiveness of energy supply. In relation to security of supply, the governments overriding policy is to ensure that energy is consistently available at competitive prices with minimal risk of supply disruption. Among others, the underpinning goals of this policy include enhancing the diversity of fuels used for power generation and creating a stable, attractive environment for hydrocarbon exploration and production. Regarding sustainability of energy supply and use, the underpinning goals include: - addressing climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions; - accelerating the growth of renewable energy sources; - promoting the sustainable use of energy in transport; - delivering an integrated approach to the sustainable development and use of bioenergy resources; - maximising energy efficiency and energy savings across the economy; and - accelerating energy research development and innovation programmes in support of sustainable energy goals. These goals will be met through a wide range of actions, including: - achieving 20% savings in energy across the electricity, transport and heating sectors by 2020; - finalising the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan; - sustaining the National Energy Efficiency Campaign "Power of One"; - promoting the adoption of the Irish Standard for Energy Management in all workplaces and supporting its implementation in small and medium sized enterprises; - updating national building regulations with a view to amending existing regulations in 2008, including to reduce energy demand by 40% relative to current standards; - extending the existing Building Energy Rating on new dwellings to non-domestic buildings from 1 July 2008; - initiating steps toward rolling out the provision of real time energy displays for households and overseeing the introduction of smart meters for electricity customers; - setting a target of 33% for energy savings across the public sector; - publishing an action plan for green public procurement to achieve by 2010 a level of green procurement equal on average to that of the best performers in Europe; and - updating existing social housing design guidelines. The government intendeds to comission an independent review of the results and outcomes of the above energy efficiency programmes in 2008. Additionally, the government intends to carry out interim reviews of the entire energy policy framework every two years, with a "fundamental" review to be carried out every five years.

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