27/06/2002

Energy investment for government and public buildings announced

Energy efficiency schemes in Northern Ireland are receive £2.76 million investment this year, the finance minister Sean Farren has announced.

Around 96 projects, from different departments and district councils, are to benefit from the Central Energy Efficiency Fund this year.

In making the announcement, Dr Farren said: "The Central Efficiency Fund delivers real benefits to the Northern Ireland environment Year on year the Fund has reduced energy consumption and promoted energy efficiency measures in public buildings.

"The Department of Finance and Personnel is aware of the impact of global warming and is determined to make its contribution to the international and UK wide climate change programme."

Energy efficiency projects will be carried out in 10 hospitals and several social services facilities, over 150 schools and further education colleges and several district council properties, as well as in government offices.

The schemes include plans to upgrade central heating boilers, conversions to low-energy lighting, installing draught-proofing material and conversions from electricity and oil-fired heating to natural gas.

The work is expected to save over 46 million kilowatt hours of fuel annually, or the equivalent to 3% of the energy consumed by public bodies in 1999/2000.

In cash terms, the estimated saving will be over £1,000,000 a year, giving a payback of about 2.6 years.

Since 1993 government has spent a total of £24 million on energy measures.

(MB)


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