The Irish Government has recently published an action plan to reduce energy demand in the country. The proposed plan examines how the 20% reduction in energy demand - 33% for public bodies will be achieved over the period to 2020.
The Plan sets interim targets for 2010 and 2016 and requires public sector bodies to produce annual reports setting out their energy efficiency actions and progress made towards the 2020 target. It proposes an action plan for the public sector and green procurement guidelines. Public bodies are required to purchase only energy efficient lighting when replacing or installing new lighting, to take on board an energy rating system for public buildings and ensure that all street lighting is energy efficient. Cork City Council has recently signed up to a structured energy management system titled Energy Map. This initiative was developed by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The main objectives in implementing this programme are: