Annual CO2 emissions savings from the Dundalk SEZ have been progressively increasing. By 2010 emissions had decreased by over 4000 tonnes. It is estimated that the targets, once reached, will save almost 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
A second wind turbine will be introduced to the town to power the Xerox campus.
A major feature of the Dundalk 2020 project is the the first “urban turbine” in Ireland . It is the first autoproducer (electricity used locally) large turbine in the country and is the first in the world to be housed on a University campus; Dundalk IT. Costing over €1 million, the turbine is predicted to be able to save 1300 tonnes of CO2 per annum – the same weight as eighty trucks. It was installed in August 2005 and provides half of Dundalk IT’s electricity needs. The turbine tower is 60 metres tall, and the turbine blades are 25m long. The maximum power output is 850kW, and the average power output is 200kW.