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Important Local Authority Announcement – Public Consultation on the redesign of Ireland’s Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme

Under the current Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme, energy suppliers must support energy efficiency projects in businesses and homes across Ireland. Image Courtesy of SEAI.ie

Gov.ie Press Release: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Published on 04 March 2021

The European Commission’s Clean Energy Package, launched in November 2016, sets out the Commission’s vision for energy efficiency, stating that energy efficiency should be the “first principle” of any future energy policies. One of the core components of the Clean Energy Package is a revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which was published in 2018. Under Article 7 of the EED, Ireland is required to make a defined amount of energy savings that meet specific criteria by 2030.

Following a public consultation in October 2019, we decided that Ireland should use an obligation scheme between 2021 and 2030 to achieve a portion of the energy savings required under Article 7. The new Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) will build on the obligation scheme that has been in place since 2014, and will contribute significantly to the delivery of Ireland’s energy saving target under the revised EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The newly designed scheme will also support the delivery of Ireland’s broader climate ambition.

We want to consult with interested parties on the design of the new EEOS, which will be in operation from the start of 2022. The proposals within the consultation relate to the following areas:

  • Who will be obligated to achieve energy savings under the scheme, and how they will be obligated
  • The overall target of the energy efficiency obligation scheme
  • The delivery sub-targets within the scheme
  • The delivery requirements of the scheme
  • The nature of the targets for the obligation period and how compliance should be supported and managed
  • Scheme improvements and cost information
  • Information on bills

The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm 19 April 2021

Anyone wishing to make a submission should complete the online survey.

If you cannot access the survey for any reason please contact the team by email at energy.efficiency@decc.gov.ie

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