Dublin Port Company is committed to improving its energy performance in order to minimise energy costs, minimise the environmental impact of energy consumption by its facilities and services, and make a contribution toward the attainment of national energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.
In keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals officially known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Dublin Port Company and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) signed a joint energy efficiency agreement in 2014. As a member of the Public Sector Energy Partnership Programme, the agreement means that Dublin Port Company and SEAI will work in partnership to achieve targets of energy efficiency savings and improvements by 2030.
In 2009, the Public Sector was set a target of 33% energy efficiency savings by 2020 to demonstrate leadership to all other sectors of the economy in reducing our national energy use. New and even more ambitious targets are set for 2030 – 50% energy efficiency, all public buildings to achieve a B BER rating and a new emission reduction target of 50%.
Dublin Port subsequently partnered with the SEAI to achieve ISO 50001, the international standard for Energy Management, in December 2016.
From this a number of efficiency projects were established with some of biggest projects including:
- Changing all of the high mast lighting (HML’s) within the Port estate to highly efficient LED
- Renewable energy generation projects using solar PV and wind energy
- Optimisation of operational assets
DPC again obtained certification for ISO 50001 the international Energy Management Standard in July 2020.