Ireland’s public sector is on track to achieve its energy efficiency targets for 2020 despite almost half of businesses being unlikely to reach the goal, a report has found. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) 2020 report found that in 2019 public bodies, government departments and schools were collectively 29 per cent more energy efficient than in 2009 and on track to reach the target of a 33 per cent improvement by 2020. The report, which covers 2009 to 2019, found that of the 348 public bodies that provided data, 95 per cent had improved their energy efficiency over the decade but only 56 per cent were on track to reach the 2020 target. In total 5 per cent of public bodies are less energy efficient than in 2009 including the Mental Health Commission, which is 18.6 per cent less efficient than in 2009, and the West Cork Education Centre, down 18.7 per cent.
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