Ireland’s voluntary agreements known the Energy Agreements Programme (EAP), run by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), aim to stimulate energy efficiency activity within the largest consumers of energy in Ireland above and beyond business-as-usual. While the EAP is voluntary, participating companies are required to implement the international energy management systems standard ISO 50001. No subsidies are provided, but during the initial three-year period of the agreement, SEAI provides technical support, networking assistance and financial support.
Target Group - Size:
Target Group - Industry Focus:
GHG emission source covered:
To stimulate energy efficiency activity within the largest consumers of energy in Ireland above and beyond business-as-usual
Program Funding Source:
Government of Ireland
Total Program Funding:
Figures specifically for the EAP are not available.
Total funding for the Industry and Business Programme (*1), which comprises the Large Industry Energy network (LIEN), the EAP (a sub-set of LIEN) and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) programmes:
€2,995,971 in 2010
€5,307,885 in 2009
All administration costs directly related to programme expenditure are included in programme costs above .
Through the LIEN, every €1m of taxpayer money into €12m worth of energy-saving benefits in the productive business sector .
Energy Management System:
Program Offerings for Industry:
The EAP is a subset of the Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN), which aims to promote energy management, energy auditing, best practice dissemination and information sharing.
EnMS implementation within the EAP is underpinned by comprehensive and targeted implementation support. Support systems include:
Mentoring and technical expertise: provided through Agreements Support Managers. The Support Managers conduct site visits, provide energy management advice, respond to queries, and can also assist with data collection and administration of funding.
Special Investigations, which are a cornerstone of the EAP, take a step beyond routine energy efficiency assessments and focus on significant energy uses. SEAI continually develops processes, methodologies, or sector-specific approaches and projects to ensure continued effectiveness in uncovering new energy efficiency opportunities. Successful actions and approaches are then analysed, standardised and disseminated to the LIEN. In some cases, funding support for special investigations is provided.
Special project initiatives are planned each year to help enterprises undertake activities on significant energy end-uses, such as a specific technology user, a new methodology or a specific sector. SEAI works to ensure that all project activities contribute to the development of a body of knowledge that can be disseminated so that they can be replicated and standardised.
Networking and support activities: embedded in the LIEN. They provide a forum for enterprises to share experiences and knowledge. Every year a number of workshops, site visits and conferences are organized. SEAI provides EAP members with a range of information support, including statistics and reports, case studies, benchmarking data and special tools, e.g. the Energy MAP tool to facilitate energy assessments.
Training: SEAI also provides training courses dependent on needs of the members until the training can to be provided commercially.
Implementing Entity Type:
M&V requirements on industry:
The certification process of compliance with EnMS provides a structure that indirectly controls compliance to the EAP at no direct cost or additional management burden on SEAI. It is assumed that continued compliance with the EnMS will cover these requirements by default.
The energy performance of the LIEN is reported on a yearly basis, using detailed energy data that is collected from members annually. Energy performance indicators are used to evaluate the performance of each enterprise.
Evaluation of Program:
Program flow chart
Program Flow Chart
Impacts and Results
Savings (recent year):
Savings (program total):
Non-energy benefits (co-benefits):
LIEN members have reduced operating costs and increase cost-competitiveness, while also improving other business processes. The LIEN work on energy efficiency has helped to stimulate the emergence of the professional energy manager and the development of energy services, leading to new business opportunities in Ireland and abroad. Non-energy benefits (*3) are gained through further improvements in process efficiency, productivity and product quality