What is a Low Carbon Project?

Ireland is currently 96% fossil fuel dependent and imports over 90% of its energy requirement from overseas. This costs the Irish economy about €6 billion per annum.
A low carbon future offers an alternative to import dependency that makes greater use of our indigenous energy sources, ensures we are less exposed to shocks in global energy security, and is kinder to the environment.

Making the transition to this future will require a diverse array of low carbon projects, including:

  • Renewable energy: Wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass are available today. Newer technologies, such as ocean energy (wave and tidal), are near commercialisation.
  • Alternative transport fuels: Biogas, liquid biofuels, hydrogen and electricity are low carbon fuels that our vehicles can run on. Some of these alternative fuels result in less noise and emissions, which means improved health and amenity benefits for those living in an urban environment.
  • Energy efficiency: As simple as extra insulation or more complex upgrades following an energy audit and/or monitoring, e.g. heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, Green IT, voltage optimisation, power management, etc.
  • Resource efficiency: Rainwater harvesting and water efficient devices, sustainable procurement, paper and zero waste policies all save money.
  • Behavioural change: Energy Management Systems are tools to help managers reduce energy consumption and may incorporate awareness programmes to help occupants do their part in alleviating energy wastage. Other examples include EcoDriving, which can sustain up to 5-10% reduction in fuel consumption, and journey planning ICT systems, which can achieve emissions reductions of up to 27%.

Why Implement 'Low Carbon' Projects?