Northern Ireland's Strategic Energy Framework includes an energy efficiency target of reducing electricity consumption by 1 per cent per annum from 2007 until 2012. There are already ongoing programmes across various government departments that seek to contribute to this target and wider energy-efficiency objectives by identifying and exploiting the benefits of energy saving.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which has overall strategic responsibility for energy efficiency, has plans for developing a new energy efficiency strategy, expected to be available in early 2007.
Invest NI supports the work of the Carbon Trust, which has ongoing campaigns to promote the benefits of energy saving across industry and commerce. In the domestic sector, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been involved in similar ongoing campaigns, while the Department of Finance and Personnel leads the promotion of energy efficiency in the public sector through a programme of measures. Furthermore, funding from the new Environment and Renewable Energy Fund is being used to enhance action in all these areas.