Ireland faces uphill struggle to meet EU energy targets

(01 Nov 2012)

A survey carried out by the Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment (SERVE), an EU funded project based in Tipperary found that there is not sufficinet activity to meet EU 2020 targets. This is despite the fact that energy efficiency projects offer a good return on investment.  Findings also indicated that the economic crisis means fewer people feel that the environment is a priority.

According to SERVE project manager Seamus Hoyne, an analysis of energy saving in 300 homes with energy efficiency upgrades resulted in savings of €200,000. If all Irish homes adopted the same energy upgrades, the savings could amount to €1bn a year in lost savings, he claimed.

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