ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 51 New legislation introduced for the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, has signed new legislation on the redesigned Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS). The EEOS places a legal requirement on larger energy companies (‘obligated parties’) to help energy users save energy. This can be achieved by supporting the energy user (financially or otherwise) to implement energy saving practices or to carry out energy upgrades in their property. Obligated parties work with energy users in the residential (including energy poor households), commercial and public sectors to deliver the required energy savings. Industry News The scheme has been redesigned in response to amendments to the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the government’s climate priorities. The introduction of this legislation follows on from the publication last October of the Minister’s decisions on the design of the new scheme. The redesigned scheme, which will commence on 1 January 2023, will build on the obligation scheme that has been in place since 2014. It will contribute significantly to the delivery of Ireland’s energy saving target under the revised EED. The EEOS also plays an important role in supporting the delivery of Ireland’s broader climate and energy targets. As such, the scheme represents an important pillar of Ireland’s plan to tackle climate change. Between 2014 and 2020 obligated parties supported energy efficiency actions in more than 290,000 dwellings and over 3,000 businesses. These savings represent an offset in CO2 emissions of around 1.2 Mt and recurring financial savings of approximately €240 million per year. The success of that scheme contributed to the decision by the Minister to use an obligation scheme once again to help Ireland achieve our 2030 energy saving target. The new EEOS legislation can be found on the Irish Statute Book website. Working smoke alarms – the first line of defence for the family home Knowing what to do when your fire alarm goes off was the central message today as Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD officially launched National Fire Safety Week 2022 in Dublin Fire Brigade’s Training Centre in Marino. National Fire Safety Week, (17 - 23 October), jointly run with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, seeks to raise awareness among the public of measures to prevent fires, particularly in the home. This year’s National Fire Safety Week theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Have you a plan if yours goes off?” Today’s announcement marks the beginning of an advertising campaign to educate the public of safety measures to prevent fire and of key steps to take should a fire break out. This week’s emphasis on fire safety is being mirrored north and south as Fire Services both here and in Northern Ireland are urging the public to engage with the necessity to have a working smoke alarm and to have a plan in case it goes off. In Northern Ireland, the campaign is operating under the theme of “Safer Together”. The key advice from the Government’s National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Services is that all family members young and old should know what do if the alarm goes off, where to assemble and to call 999 or 112 to alert local fire services. The latest data released by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) reveal that 20,545 fires were attended to by fire brigades in 2021. The reported data finds that chimney fires (including flues, soot and hot ashes) are the top cause of fire, accounting for more than 50% of fires in domestic buildings.