Cork County Council has became the first Local Authority in Ireland to be fully accredited to ISO50001, the international standard for energy management, and in achieving this accreditation has now reached its legislative requirements under the EU Energy Efficiency Regulations 2014 ahead of schedule.
These Regulations oblige all Public Sector bodies falling within certain specified criteria to carry out comprehensive organization wide energy audits or become ISO 50001 compliant by December 2016.
In receiving this award Cork County Council is the first and only local authority in the country to achieve this accreditation for its whole of service energy management system which has considerable positive implications for energy saving and carbon emissions long-term.
This accreditation, delivered ahead of time, has been achieved primarily through the focused efforts of the Energy Management Action Plan (E-Map) Team, a multi-disciplinary group led by the Environment Directorate within the County Council. This team, which was set up in 2012, has exceeded every national target set, has overseen more than 100 individual actions county-wide, all of which positively contributed to the organisation reaching its 2020 energy efficiency targets as set out under Ireland’s 3rd National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2014-2017.
The initiative was set up with the assistance of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) with the primary objective to develop, implement and monitor individual energy actions which will positively contribute to Cork County Council reducing its energy consumption, thereby reducing its carbon emissions.
The Energy Management System (ISO 50001) was developed in conjunction with the County Council Sustainable Energy Action Plan which is the tool for achieving the formal commitment of towns, cities and regions that have signed the
Covenant of Mayors to reduce their CO2 equivalent emissions beyond the 20% target.
Cork County Council’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan can be accessed here.