Ryan Welcomes Inland Fisheries Ireland “Going Green” as a Forerunner in Renewable Energy

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Ryan Welcomes Inland Fisheries Ireland “Going Green” as a Forerunner in Renewable Energy

Solar powered energy added to the list of climate action initiatives within IFI

Tuesday, 8th of December 2020: Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has recently installed Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels on its Headquarters in Lake Drive, CityWest Business Campus and on its warehouse on CityWest Road, Dublin. A total of 156 PV Panels were installed on the main office roof and a further 154 PV Panels were installed on the warehouse roof. In 2019 IFI carried out audits on their largest energy consuming premises and the two properties in CityWest showed the highest consumption of energy.

Castle House 2

Solar PV Panels on Warehouse

The Solar PV Panels will work to generate a portion of IFI’s electricity needs and will help reach the organisations energy reduction target of 33 per cent by the end of 2020. This climate action initiative is one among a host of other initiatives that IFI have introduced to help reduce the organisation’s overall emissions. Last year Inland Fisheries Ireland introduced energy efficient vehicles with a view to achieving a 24 per cent reduction in the C02 emissions from its fleet. IFI also introduced new state of the art RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to achieve an energy reduction of 50 per cent on sea protection patrols. The use of kayak and bikes are maximised for patrol on coasts and inland waterways.

Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, who also has responsibility for Inland Fisheries, said: “I want to acknowledge Inland Fisheries Ireland and the changes the organisation is making to contribute to Ireland’s climate ambition and the reduction of emissions by 7% annually. Renewable electricity is a central element of the Government’s action on climate disruption and Inland Fisheries Ireland are leading by example and working to decarbonise the organisation. Through these initiatives emissions will be cut, helping to improve the environment for us all.”

East West Facing

Solar PV Panels on Main Office in CityWest

Francis O’Donnell, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “As an environmental agency, we are aware of the critical nature of climate change and the impact it is having on our fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland as a public body has a responsibility to engage actively in initiatives to help take steps towards Ireland being a low carbon, climate-resilient economy. These newly installed Solar PV Panels on two of our highest energy consuming premises will ensure that these buildings will have a combined total of c. 24 per cent yearly energy savings. To maintain ecological integrity within our fisheries resource we must pave the way towards environmentally friendly ways of carrying out the work we do as an organisation.”

For more about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie .

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For further information:

Sadhbh O’Neill

Communications Assistant

Inland Fisheries Ireland

E: sadhbh.oneill@fisheriesireland.ie  

T: 01 8842632/ 087 101 9998

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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.