Irish Activities in Energy Efficiency: Prof. J. Owen Lewis, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


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  • Net societal benefit over lifetime of technologies installed – these accrue up to and post 2020 (25 year average for residential upgrades, 12 years from commercial and public) 4% discount rate as per Department of finance test discount rate Model set up to match the 8,000GWh ambition, and 75% residential 25% business sector Gov funding split Jobs on basis of expenditure on labour and assumed labour cost (€39k per job)
  • Irish Activities in Energy Efficiency: Prof. J. Owen Lewis, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

    1. 1. Irish Activities in Energy Efficiency <ul><li>Prof J Owen Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Executive SEAI </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance to Save Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Driving Energy Efficiency as the Next Big Thing </li></ul><ul><li>Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 4 October 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. SEAI Vision and Mission <ul><li>Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy, a society that is fully engaged in the sustainable energy agenda and an economy that is fully exploiting the global opportunities in clean, low-carbon solutions </li></ul><ul><li>SEAI mission is to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices </li></ul>
    3. 3. Key SEAI priorities <ul><li>Energy efficiency first: implementing strong energy efficiency actions that radically reduce energy intensity and usage </li></ul><ul><li>Low carbon energy sources: accelerating the development and adoption of technologies to exploit renewable energy sources </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation and integration: supporting evidence-based responses that engage all actors, supporting innovation and enterprise for our low-carbon future </li></ul>
    4. 4. National context Import dependency Ireland and EU 1990-2010 Ireland 2010
    5. 5. National Energy Efficiency Action Plan Gap to target addressed by Better Energy Total identified savings (28 actions) 23,730 20% National Target 31,925 Gap to target 8,195 GWh
    6. 6. Benefits of building energy efficiency Fewer energy subsidies Reduced energy infrastructure costs Reduced emissions Health dividend Local employment Improved community appearance Local spending Higher property values Social dividend
    7. 7. Better Energy programme –potential benefits <ul><li>8000 GWh </li></ul><ul><li>2.3 Mt CO 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Net societal benefit of around €6 billion </li></ul><ul><li>5000+ jobs supported </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced exposure to future price increases </li></ul><ul><li>Increased competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>1 million building upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>across the residential, commercial and public sectors by 2020 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Programme aims <ul><li>Unlock significant energy efficiency potential by enabling owners and occupiers of existing buildings to be more energy efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Protect the energy poor </li></ul><ul><li>Generate employment </li></ul><ul><li>Improve energy security and environmental performance </li></ul><ul><li>Address accredited supply chain, skills, business models in market-based programme </li></ul><ul><li>Engage a wider range of market players under one brand </li></ul><ul><li>Explore new ways of financing energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>promote whole life appraisal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>engage financial institutions, ESCOs, energy utilities </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Better Energy Homes <ul><li>Over 150,000 homes have completed upgrade works </li></ul><ul><li>Spending over €300m in total </li></ul><ul><li>Saving 300 GWh in 2010 alone </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting 5,000 jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Benefiting Government through PAYE, VAT and Corporation Tax </li></ul>Technology Conversion rate Cavity 82% Roof Insulation 79% Dry-Lining Insulation 56% High Efficiency Gas with Controls Upgrade 73% High Efficiency Oil with Controls Upgrade 54% External Insulation 70% Heating Controls Upgrade only 54% Cost Benefit Analysis HES: Every euro spent by SEAI delivers €5 net benefit to society SME: Every euro spent by SEAI delivers €15 net benefit to society
    10. 10. 2050 Roadmap Average dwelling energy intensity
    11. 11. Better Energy Homes <ul><li>Optimal level of improvement ~50% -or twice what leading retrofit programmes now achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Demands comprehensive, ‘ whole-building ’ approach </li></ul><ul><li>Averaging min 5% annual residential market penetration </li></ul><ul><li>“ no jurisdiction currently reaching even 2% per annum ” RAP May 2011 </li></ul>Climate and building characteristics alone don’t determine energy demand -occupant behaviour and socio-economic factors are important components Steemers & Yun 2009
    12. 12. Better Energy Workplaces examples <ul><li>Energy Efficient Design (EED) </li></ul><ul><li>Eli Lilly Kinsale undertook EED project </li></ul><ul><li>- realised €600k+ annual energy savings </li></ul><ul><li>- payback two years </li></ul><ul><li>Heat Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Green Isle Foods heat recovery project on refrigeration </li></ul><ul><li>-generates all hot water requirements for cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>-reduces gas requirement by over 80% </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Challenge –and Responses Developments in the Market Energy Suppliers Partners/Accumulators New Emergents Horizontal Diversification Communities POLICY MARKET Transformation
    14. 14. Moving along the Value Chain NOW FUTURE
    15. 15. Driving Quality <ul><li>Establish new norms in construction </li></ul><ul><li>Research is key </li></ul><ul><li>Build good customer experiences </li></ul>
    16. 16. New market offers <ul><li>Further development in the offerings to the consumer </li></ul>
    17. 17. Conclusions <ul><li>Opportunity for fresh thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Joined-up industry, business, agencies, Government </li></ul><ul><li>Re-invent construction </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Only one chance …and we must do it right! </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of work –more than most imagine </li></ul><ul><li>Rewards will be great </li></ul>
    18. 18. Bites <ul><li>“ The next great industry will be Energy Technology.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Thomas Friedman, New York Times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ This may sound too good to be true, but the US has a renewable energy resource that is perfectly clean, remarkably cheap, surprisingly abundant and immediately available .... This miracle juice goes by the distinctly boring name of energy efficiency. ” </li></ul><ul><li>- Michael Grunwald, ‘ America ’ s Untapped Energy Resource ’ , Time Magazine </li></ul>Lifecycle Carbon Minus -Misawa Homes
    19. 19. Thank You