DCU cuts energy bills by €1.5m since 2016


Dublin City University (DCU) has made 1.5m in savings to its energy costs since 2016 and achieved a 59% energy performance improvement, according to a review of its energy management across its campuses.

The energy cost reductions represent savings of €300,000 each year since DCU’s incorporation in 2016.  Overall, since 2006, DCU has made 10m in energy savings, following an independent verification.

Through its partnership with Electric Ireland, DCU has access to reliable billing and an energy analysis platform which is used to manage energy on a weekly basis and also to plan for longer term developments across the university. Electric Ireland also provides DCU with 100% green electricity for its operations across all five campuses.

Between 2016 and 2019 the University’s energy related carbon emissions have also reduced from 15,000 tonnes per annum to 11,400 tonnes.

Dermot McArdle, Head of Business Markets for Electric Ireland, said: “We are committed to partnering with institutions like DCU in their efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Making the switch to 100% green electricity and actively managing energy consumption through our technology platforms can lead to significant savings. As Ireland’s leading energy supplier, Electric Ireland has proven experience in helping organisations public and private, big and small, make the switch to 100% renewable energy."

Richard Kelly, Estates Manager, Dublin City University: “This partnership with Electric Ireland allows us to understand and manage energy on a daily basis whilst ensuring we have real-time information to focus on future consumption and costs. DCU places sustainability at the heart of all our operations and activities.  Their commitment to manage our contracts sustainably, review our energy performance regularly together with providing excellent customer service is very important to us.  Over the coming years, we face serious energy de-carbonisation challenges, but we know that Electric Ireland, through their innovative and customer-based solutions and services, will be by our side”.

Dublin City University (DCU) is Ireland’s fastest growing university, with its student population increasing by 50pc in the last five years.  Since admitting its first students in 1980, and following incorporation in 2016, DCU now has five campuses and over 80 buildings on the north side of Dublin, delivering programmes to over 18,000 students from 55 countries, and employing close to 2,000 staff.

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