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Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan to 2030

for Northern Ireland Central Government

Central government is the largest aggregated energy consumer in Northern Ireland.  This Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan offers the opportunity to provide leadership on energy efficiency, improve decarbonisation efforts and drive downward pressure on costs for Government.

Project Description

This Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan for NI Central Government aims to support and significantly accelerate actions to maximise exploitation of energy efficiency opportunities in both current and future assets and work towards improved governance, accountability, strategic management and reporting arrangements for sustained longer-term success.

It is the result of an intense period of work with Departments and their Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs), covering 3,051 publicly occupied assets.  The EMS is inward-facing, therefore all Departments, and ALBs are within the scope of the strategy.

As part of the 2016/17 Asset Management Strategy Action Plan, SIB reviewed energy management opportunities across public assets in order to reduce demand and costs, generate revenue and provide this road map for delivery of energy and cost savings.

Two key objectives will determine the success of this Strategy and Action Plan, namely:

  • Establishing effective energy management processes that unlock value; and
  • Lowering net energy consumption by 30% by 2030 across Government (from a 2016/17 baseline year).

Progress against this 30% target will be assessed annually and will be informed by robust consumption data. 

Recommendations include:

  1. Ensure that ownership for strategic energy management across the estate is aligned with wider energy policy responsibilities.
  2. Adopt a net energy consumption reduction target of 30% by 2030.
  3. Establish an Energy Management Unit (EMU) to help Departments develop potential energy-saving opportunities, and maximise energy efficiency skills and measures across Government.
  4. Mandate annual reporting of energy consumption against a 30% reduction target to the NICS Board and/or NI Executive
  5. Develop a pipeline of energy reduction projects
  6. Create an Energy Invest to Save Fund.
  7. Develop better energy buying.
  8. Work in collaboration with relevant partners to ensure building standards contribute to the 30% energy consumption reduction target.

The team works closely with the Department for the Economy, who are the sponsor Department for the Energy Management Strategy and Action Plan for NI Central Government to 2030.  The SIB communications team provides advice and support for the project.

Project Status

The Strategy was approved by the NICS board in January 2019 and formally launched in June 2019.  The Strategy is now in implementation and delivery phase with a draft of the first Annual Report was submitted to DfE for consideration in August 2020.

SIB Involvement

SIB is providing the Head of the Energy Management Unit and an Energy Technical Specialist as well as Associate support in areas of data analytics and procurement.


For further information contact:

Kevin Hegarty 0778 922 2198 or Paul Scannell 0797 170 3197

Download the Strategy

Energy Management Strategy March 2019 (3MB – PDF)