Today, Dublin Bus signed a partnership agreement with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), to become a member of the SEAI’s Public Sector Energy Partnership Programme.
Dublin Bus operates a fleet of 920 buses covering almost 60 million kilometres annually. As the largest public transport provider in the Greater Dublin Area, Dublin Bus is committed to playing its role in meeting the government’s target of reducing public sector energy usage by 33% by 2020.
Since 2008, Dublin Bus has been working with SEAI on a range of energy management practises. As part of SEAI’s Energy Management Action Programme, employees in each of Dublin Bus’ seven depots have participated in energy management workshops. By creating awareness and implementing general “housekeeping” guidelines, the programme produced an average saving of 10% in electricity and gas consumption across the depots. In 2011, Dublin Bus received funding from SEAI to install energy efficient lighting under the Government’s Better Energy Workplaces scheme. It is estimated that this project will achieve savings of €70,000 per annum while also achieving significant reductions in electricity consumption of 500,000 kWh which represents energy savings of up to 20%.
While significant savings have been achieved in the areas of electricity and gas consumption, Dublin Bus’ membership of SEAI’s Partnership programme means the company can build on the results achieved to date and continue to adopt advances in energy management practises. Dublin Bus’ main focus for 2012 is to achieve further reductions by focusing on fleet performance. In 2012, with the support of SEAI, Dublin Bus will commence trials of an eco-driving technique which is an effective way of improving fuel efficiency through advanced driving methods.
Next month, 80 new buses will begin entering service as part of the company’s fleet replacement programme. These new vehicles, which have been funded by the National Transport Authority, will be fully low floor accessible and fitted with Euro 5 standard engines and electric fans to reduce fuel consumption. The introduction of these vehicles into the fleet will further reduce operational costs, improve efficiencies, enhance accessibility and benefit the environment.
At today’s signing, Chief Executive of Dublin Bus, Paddy Doherty said; “Over the years, Dublin Bus has pursued policies to reduce and manage fuel consumption and emissions, waste and energy usage. Therefore, it is a natural progression for us to fully support and commit to achieving this target of 33% in energy savings. We look forward to working in partnership with the SEAI to further drive efficiencies and deliver environmental benefits for the country.”
Also commenting on the partnership, Dr. Brian Motherway, Chief Executive with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said; “I’m delighted that Dublin Bus has joined our Public Sector Partnership programme and is now among the many organisations working to reduce their energy costs and environmental impact. SEAI is helping many public bodies to reduce energy use in their buildings but Dublin Bus show that huge gains can also be made in transport. The agenda of reducing energy dependence and becoming more competitive is of growing importance in all sectors.”