Northern Ireland Energy Strategy 2050

The context for energy has changed substantially since the 2010 Strategic Energy Framework (SEF) was published. In June 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to a 100 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This ‘net zero’ target represents a significant step-change in the commitment to addressing the climate crisis.

Developing a new energy strategy

The Department for the Economy has begun the process of developing a new energy strategy to decarbonise the Northern Ireland energy sector by 2050 at least cost to the consumer.

Any new strategic direction for energy in Northern Ireland must consider the existing energy mix and how it will be reshaped, as well as considering energy demand reduction.

A new energy strategy will be published by the end of 2021.

Call for Evidence

The first step in the development of the Energy Strategy was a Call for Evidence, which closed on 3 April 2020. All documents relating to the Call for Evidence can be found at:


The timeline for the creation of the Energy Strategy is available at:

Energy Strategy e-bulletins

In June 2020, the department published the first in a regular series which will keep key stakeholders updated on progress with developing the new energy strategy.

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