How We Transformed DCU's Energy Management

Customer case study

Dublin City University

Sustainability and energy management for Dublin City University
Sustainability dashboard and data setup

< 1 week

Time to add all data for the university

More effective scheduling


Reduction in time required for analysis & reporting

Carbon emissions


Overall reduction in carbon emissions from baseline

Reduce activity-driven energy consumption


Improvement in energy efficiency

Project overview

Dublin City University (DCU) used EnergyElephant’s automated energy and sustainability management software to achieve a number of objectives including:

Ensure international reporting standards compliance (ISO 50001).

Reduce time spent on gathering and analysing data.

Enhance energy and carbon reporting accuracy and improve senior management presentations.

Drive behaviour change through stakeholder engagement.

Utilise campus as a living lab for real-world research opportunities.

Maximise operational efficiency and environmental performance.

The challenge

DCU is a major Irish university with a campus covering ten locations across Dublin City and supporting over 17,000 students. They required a cost-effective and rapidly deployable solution to effectively track and visualise their energy data. This assisted with their ISO 50001 roll out, helped to identify cost savings and improved carbon & sustainability reporting across the campus.

Dublin City University

EnergyElephant has been central to helping DCU’s world leading university campus to engage academics, students and senior management on energy and climate targets across departments and functions. Without it we would struggle to meet our key sustainability objectives and targets.

DCU Campus Sustainability Manager

The EnergyElephant Solution

Analytics dashboard for resource management

Automatically analysing and presenting energy data in simple dashboards, allowing users to easily gain insights on savings and performance.

Carbon emissions

Tracking and reporting Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions for all energy and fuel sources, including electricity, natural gas, propane, gas oil, renewables, waste, water, and travel/transport.

Be sustainable to save the planet

Serving as an educational tool by allowing staff and students to access energy data for internal efficiency projects and renewable energy proposals, aligned with the institution’s green flag status for sustainability and student leadership.

Realtime energy, water, and environmental monitoring

Facilitated R&D with realtime data using IoT devices in historic buildings and supported decision making for major CAPEX projects.

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Supporting the DCU energy team with budget-friendly product feature requests including a smartphone app for meter readings and a carbon footprint analytics page to showcase performance metrics for behaviour changes.


DCU’s dedication to sustainability, supported by EnergyElephant, resulted in significant improvements in energy management practices throughout the university.

Key outcomes include:

Sustainability dashboard and data setup

Rapid onboarding and implementation of the system across all campuses in under one week

More effective scheduling

Over 90% reduction in the time required for energy and carbon reporting and analysis

Carbon emissions

~40% overall carbon emissions reduction

Reduce activity-driven energy consumption

A 14% reduction in consumption over 3 years resulted in energy and cost savings

DCU has made a firm commitment to integrating sustainability into every aspect of their university operations, and EnergyElephant serves as an invaluable tool that provides substantial advancements in their energy management practices. With the system accessible to all relevant staff, EnergyElephant enables university-wide collaboration, allowing staff and students to actively participate in energy management efforts.

Notably, the achieved results reflect the challenge of increased activity across the campuses and expansion of floor space through new constructions and renovations.