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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Climate change is globally recognised as the greatest environmental and economic threat faced by national governments and individuals.  It is also an opportunity for energy efficiency and financial savings.  Below are set out, in priority order, the main drivers for taking action to reduce our carbon emissions / energy consumption.

The Financial Case for Action 

  • The efficient use of public funds and potential for saving on energy costs. In 1999/00 NEELB’s estate total energy costs were £2,725,140, in 2011/12 this had risen to £7,130,423 a rise of approximately 8% per annum.
  • Reducing the financial impact of future energy price increases which are expected to be far ahead of inflation.
  • Reducing future financial liabilities under the Carbon Reduction Commitment – Energy Efficiency Scheme.  CRC Costs for five ELB’s in 2011/12 was approximately £1.5 million.

Legislative Pressures and Performance Targets

  • CRC – Energy Efficiency Scheme.
  • Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) and how they make the performance of our buildings visible to the public.  From 2008 there has been a legal requirement for all public buildings with a useful floor area over 1000m² to display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) in a prominent place within the building.  Currently NEELB has a total of 163 sites over 1000m² displaying up to date DEC’s.
  • Building Regulations.
  • NI Public sector energy efficiency targets as set out by DFP and DETI.
  • The Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA08) which puts in place a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80% by 2050 against a 1990 baseline.

The Public Perception 

  • Leading by example and compliance with our statutory duty.

The undernoted documents are aimed at facilitating schools and building supervisers in ensuring effective management of energy resources and in turn enabling compliance with current legislative requirements

  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Energy Monitoring [pdf / 573KB] To achieve maximum cost efficiency an organisation must ensure that key resources, such as energy, are used effectively and without waste. To control these resources effectively, management action has to be based on sound information. Accurate and consistent monitoring of energy usage will provide detailed knowledge required to identify unnecessary usage and, hence, to achieve major energy and cost savings.
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Water monitoring [pdf / 545KB] Costs are rising rapidly and water management is becoming increasingly important in schools in Northern Ireland. Sewerage charges have been recently introduced and are based on the volume of water supplied less a non return to sewer allowance of 5%.
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Oil Delivery Procedures for Schools [pdf / 708KB] In recent years there have been an increasing number of oil pollution incidents due to incorrect procedures being followed during oil deliveries. In light of the significant fines and clean up costs associated with this activity it is essential that effective procedures are in place


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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