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Policy Approaches in Ireland


O'Connor, S.

Subject Keywords: Energy efficiency
Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Type: Presentation
Region: International (other)

The International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency Unit (EEU) is beginning a new programme of work on innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty. The focus of the policy research effort is low-income weatherisation direct investment programmes, which many IEA Member countries pursue in order to increase the energy efficiency of both rental and owner-occupied low-income housing. A common problem with such programmes is that the energy-saving benefits accruing to fuel-poor households barely offset the energy efficiency investment required, suggesting a weak return on government spending. However, these investments have additional non-energy co-benefits not only for participants but for energy providers, property owners, local communities, and society as a whole. The Jan. 27-28 IEA workshop, entitled EVALUATING THE CO-BENEFITS OF LOW-INCOME WEATHERISATION PROGRAMMES, was supported and hosted by Sustainable Energy Ireland and took place at Dublin Castle. The workshop brought together international experts for a focused discussion on non-energy co-benefits and their measurement. The agenda individually addressed three categories of non-energy co-benefits for low-income energy efficiency programmes: utility / rate-payer benefits, societal economic benefits and participant household benefits. This was followed by a discussion of methodologies for collecting and quantifying NEBs and consideration of some examples of evaluation in practice.    Further details of the workshop are available at:



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Suggested citation:

O'Connor, S.. (2011) Policy Approaches in Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st September 2019].


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