NTMA shows public sector how it is done by cutting energy usage by 22%
Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has decreased its energy usage by 22% per employee in just one year. Senator Noone added that the public sector could take a leaf out of the NTMA’s book, as it seeks to reduce energy consumption by a third by 2020.
“The NTMA has shown what a difference a year can make. This is a positive development, as it saves money for the taxpayer while also highlighting that the goal of reducing energy usage in the entire public sector by 33% before 2020 is entirely possible. If we reach our goal, €195 million per year will be saved without reducing a single salary or cutting a single member of staff.
“Cutting energy usage by a third by 2020 is a laudable goal and one which I believe can be achieved. A database of over 30,000 meters will be used to gather accurate information on energy use in the public sector, with a report on public sector consumption due to be published later this year. This report will set out progress made on public sector energy reduction and give us an idea of what needs to be done between now and 2020 in other areas.
“The NTMA took seven specific steps in order to achieve its rapid decrease in energy usage, and I have written to other State agencies to find out whether they have implemented these seven energy reducing steps themselves. They included installing electronic sensors on water supplies, switching to new light fittings and installing default double-sided printing. This shows how small measures can add up in a big way.
“The rest of the public service should definitely take a leaf out of the NTMA’s book. Saving almost €200 million a year by reduced energy consumption by a third is something that we must strive to achieve. This is money that could be much better spent elsewhere within our public service.”