EAI welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the redesign of Ireland’s Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme. Energy Efficiency remains and will continue to remain one of the key instruments in achieving ambitious national and European climate targets between now and 2030.
EAI supports Ireland’s ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and the Programme for Government commitment for 2030 to reduce emissions by 51% compared to 2018 levels. EAI believes energy efficiency to be one of the key drivers of Ireland’s policy objective of carbon neutrality by 2050 and for achieving ambitious interim climate targets before 2050.
To date, the EEOS has been relatively successful in achieving energy savings, but a significant challenge remains to achieve the long-term targets. We believe that the pursuit of energy efficiency must be a shared goal by society as a whole – citizens, businesses/industry and institutions. This is reflected in our priority points and key concerns which relate to the delivery requirements of energy efficiency upgrades, the delivery sub-targets and the split between different parties to deliver Article 7 obligations.