The Council is the leading local authority and one of the leading public bodies in Ireland with regard to meeting its energy efficiency obligations, currently exceeding the 33% 2020 target by 12% in 2017. This has been achieved by a continuous effort to reduce energy demand, investment in renewable energy and development of an energy management system which reduces energy consumption and the Councils carbon footprint. Over the past decade, over 80 sustainable energy projects have been implemented. The Council has retrofitted low energy and LED public lighting, undertaken extensive deep retrofits of leisure centres and offices, upgraded mechanical and electrical systems, installed biomass boilers and PV arrays on public buildings, switched from fossil fuel heating to heat pumps in libraries and offices, retrofitted thousands of social housing units and upgraded energy efficiency controls. To date, €4.431 million in savings and a reduced energy consumption of 13,873 MWh has been achieved, saving a total of 66,184 MWh cumulatively since 2006.
In addition, the following schemes and initiatives are in place: