The Path to Net Zero Energy for Northern Ireland

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New government strategy launched to ensure Northern Ireland’s energy is secure, affordable and clean for future generations

The Department for the Economy (DfE) has launched The Path to Net Zero Energy strategy on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive. It sets a long term vision of net zero carbon and affordable energy for Northern Ireland. This will lead to higher levels of energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy we need, whilst making sure the energy we do use comes from clean renewable sources.

The new strategy was developed with significant collaboration and engagement across government, industry and energy consumers. 

The Path to Net Zero Energy sets three key targets for 2030:

  • energy efficiency - deliver energy savings of 25 per cent from buildings and industry
  • renewables - meet at least 70 per cent of electricity consumption from a diverse mix of renewable sources
  • green economy - double the size of our low carbon and renewable energy economy to a turnover of more than £2 billion

The strategy will be followed by a range of further proposals and consultations on the detail of new policies.

You can find The Path to Net Zero Energy strategy and supporting documents on the DfE website.

First published 16 December 2021