On this week’s podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Xavier Dubuisson, CEO of RetroKit.
Xavier created the concept for the company in 2017 and with 25 years experience in the field of sustainable energy in Ireland and internationally, he has the perfect expertise to build a start-up dedicated to upscaling home energy upgrades with innovative digital solutions.
RetroKit is a software company dedicated to unlocking the housing energy renovation challenge with digitalisation. Over the past few years, the company have been developing RetroKit with a dedicated team of experts specialising in sustainable energy, data analysis, software development and GIS.
In this podcast hosted by our Council CEO Máirtín Breathnach, Xavier discusses the future of making homes more energy efficient in Ireland and how we need to take action to help the environment through energy upgrades.
Xavier highlights the residential sector is responsible for 25% of Ireland’s energy usage and is facing two major imperatives. Firstly, reducing its carbon emissions to net zero carbon by 2050. Secondly, eradicating fuel poverty. This affects up to 16% of Irish homes, with this figure expected to rise this winter due to the ongoing cost of living crisis.
Furthermore, Xavier notes that only 2% of Irish homes receive an energy upgrade annually and 70% are still in need of an energy retrofit. He discusses the role that Retrokit can play in this energy upgrade process, empowering clients to reduce the carbon footprint in housing, to alleviate fuel poverty, and improve the health and wellbeing of householders.
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