Inland Fisheries Ireland has officially signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has already commenced a number of energy-saving initiatives in recent years including introducing ‘green patrols’ for fisheries officers where kayaks and bikes are used when carrying out fisheries protection patrols, installing solar panels and insulation on buildings, commencing fuel monitoring and fleet audits, altering lighting and trialing an electric vehicle for future consideration.
This new partnership will see Inland Fisheries Ireland follow a clear road map with defined actions to help achieve targeted energy savings. The SEAI programme provides central advice and monitoring services to support all public bodies in their efficiency efforts. Inland Fisheries Ireland will continue to expand on its current efficiency activities and introduce a number of new initiatives including vehicle fleet management in the coming year.
Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “As custodians of the fisheries resource, Inland Fisheries Ireland recognises the importance of energy management as a highly cost-effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping to reverse climate change. Today we have formally committed to reducing our energy usage and our carbon emissions and we look forward to working with the SEAI on reaching our goal by 2020.”
CEO of SEAI Jim Gannon commented: “SEAI is working closely with the public sector to help them to achieve energy savings and agencies such as Inland Fisheries have a key role to play. Already, public bodies have achieved more than €600 million in energy efficiency savings in the last few years with SEAI’s assistance. With more partnerships like the one Inland Fisheries Ireland has committed to today, even more public sector savings can be achieved as we move towards a low-carbon future.”