Ministers urge for local energy management

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Two Irish government ministers are urging local authorities to set up energy management agencies aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Environment minister Noel Dempsey and energy minister Joe Jacob remind local authorities of the country's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol to limit emissions. They stress the need for local action to contribute to meeting the targets. Under the burden sharing agreement for meeting the EU target, Ireland is allowed a 13% increase above 1990 levels by 2010 to allow for economic growth. But the country is set to exceed its allocation by up to three times unless it takes radical steps now, warn the ministers. Local authorities should apply for EU funding under the SAVE program to establish local energy management agencies that will identify opportunities for using energy more efficiently and promote renewable energy use. This year's SAVE application deadline was end March.

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