SEAI green energy investments save 3,000 jobs

Adoption of the Building Energy Rating (BER) meant €85 million was allocated towards energy-efficient retrofit projects

David Baker
by David Baker on 4th February, 2014

In a recent announcement, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has stated that three thousand jobs have been maintained thanks to their adoption of the Building Energy Rating (BER) in 250,000 homes throughout Ireland with €85 million being allocated towards energy-efficient retrofit projects.

The CEO of the SEAI, Dr Brian Motherway, stated that this success was due to the fact that citizens are now quite aware of the impact of energy efficiency and have thus embraced such advancements.

“Last year we helped Irish businesses find €43m in energy cost savings. We also saw over 26,000 homes upgraded, which means that as of now one in seven of all Irish homes have been upgraded to reduce their energy bills. We’re also seeing this replicated across the public sector,” Brian stated.

The CEO of SEAI concluded by observing that as Ireland is committed to a 40% emissions reduction by 2030 alongside the European Union,  and that this momentum needs to continue into the foreseeable future.

Should this programme continue, it is likely that Irish households will benefit even further from such policies.

The aim of SEAI is to help improve Irish sustainable energy structures, practices and technologies. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is partly funded by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

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