Solar PV Ardnaree House Ballina

Energy use in our buildings

How we are taking action across all of our properies to help respond to, and mitigate, climate change.

Climate action at work in our buildings

Monitoring and reporting energy consumption takes place across all Inland Fisheries Ireland sites. Throughout our property portfolio, the main energy sources are electricity and natural gas. Electricity is used for lighting, power and air conditioning – this accounts for 20% of our total energy demand. Natural gas, LPG, and kerosene are used primarily for heating spaces – these account for 10% of our total energy demand.

To help reduce our energy consumption we have introduced occupancy sensors, intelligent lighting systems and, more recently, high efficiency electric panels and radiators. A high resolution energy monitoring network is also being rolled out on a prioritised basis at our sites that consume the highest amount of energy.

In practical terms, we always seek to exploit the "short pay back" works first (e.g. occupant behavioural change, optimising existing building controls, mechanical and electrical upgrades etc.). Then we consider those projects with longer payback to identify synergies between work packages that will optimise energy efficiency and sustainability.

The greatest opportunity for Inland Fisheries Ireland to reduce lifecycle energy and carbon is at the early design stages of new property or renovation investments. SEAI advises that up to 95% of the lifespan cost is already committed at the end of the design process and that case studies have demonstrated savings available can range up to 50% improvement from a baseline design.

Renewables and energy sustainability

Inland Fisheries Ireland adopts renewable energy solutions in tandem with energy efficiency action where appropriate and feasible. Use of renewable energy is rewarded in the methodology we use (SEAI’s Monitoring and Reporting system) to track the energy performance of our properties. Onsite renewable energy generation already installed at five of our properties is offsetting imported grid electricity, which is further improving our overall energy performance. A holistic approach to our energy saving projects and improved energy performance is underway.

Our renewable energy generation to date (to end May 2021)

PV Location

kWh Generated

City West PV

15,432

Castle Hse PV

15,703

Ballina

2,648.7

Cong Hatchery

6,273

Tudenham

5,231

A total of 45,287 kWh has been generated to date which equates to 10,558 kg CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) or just over 42,700km of driving in a standard passenger petrol car. A selection of our properties where Solar PV has been installed is shown below.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Citywest, Lake Drive

IFI Solar PV Lake Drive

Inland Fisheries Ireland Limerick, Tudenham

Solar PV Tudenham Mullingar

Inland Fisheries Ireland Ballina, Ardnaree House

Solar PV Ardnaree House Ballina

Inland Fisheries Ireland hatchery, Cong

Solar PV Cong

Progress

We have learned that structured energy management benefits significantly from the availability of near real-time data collation and analysis. As such a number of our properties are now fitted with smart meters allowing for high resolution analysis of energy use, and insightful management of problematic energy patterns and spikes.

IFI Energy Data Zippy