An Garda Síochána become the first police force in the world to achieve the globally recognised ISO 50001

An Garda Síochána become the first police force in the world to achieve the globally recognised ISO 50001 certification for energy management.

9.6 Million saved in Energy cost using ISO 50001 EnMs


An Garda Síochána (AGS) has become the first police force in the world to achieve the globally recognised international energy management standard (ISO 50001). Since starting the project for certification AGS have saved over 9 million in energy costs and have plans for further savings as they roll out ISO 50001 across all Garda Stations.

The scale of this achievement is such that AGS scooped the top award, the Award of Excellence, at, the 2018 Energy Management Leadership awards in Denmark on Friday, beating many leading multinational businesses to the top prize.

Michael Brophy CEO of Certification Europe.

“An Garda Síochána have pushed the boundaries of energy management and put themselves amongst a very select group of organisations worldwide that have achieved ISO 50001”

The 1st national police force in the world to be certified for energy management

AGS’s certification is the culmination of eight years hard work from the implementation team tasked with reducing energy costs across the force. In 2015, AGS set an ambitious target of becoming the first police force in the world to achieve the ISO 50001 standard for energy management. AGS received ISO 50001 certification from Certification Europe comprising the Garda Headquarters site in Phoenix Park, Dublin and its entire Transport Fleet. AGS is committed to extending ISO 50001 across the entire organisation and recently extended the accreditation to Garda College. Mike Dodd Financial Accountant for AGS said: An Garda Síochána are the first national police force in the world to achieve ISO 50001 certification, achieving energy savings of 21.9% and energy cost savings of 9.3%.

Using an ISO 50001 certified energy management system across its transport fleet and at two of its largest sites, Garda Headquarters and Garda College, AGS saved

9.6 Million and reduced its CO2 emissions by 70,340 metric tons over eight years.

AGS staff have developed an operational control system to ensure efficient energy use on a continuous basis. Key achievements include:

  • Lighting: Ensure lights are switched off outside of regular office hours and, if necessary, turn off respective lights and inform assistant energy manager;
  • Heating: Ensure heating schedules and operational parameters are maintained satisfactorily according to pre-determined setpoints;
  • Ventilation & Cooling: Ensure that parameters such as temperature set points and schedules do not deviate from effective energy performance;
  • Transport Operational Control: Ensure that all vehicles are serviced at regularly defined intervals based on vehicle type. AGS Transport staff carry out audits of maintenance contractors to ensure vehicles are maintained to optimal performance.

AGS – Key Energy Savings

Under the ISO 50001 certification, AGS has achieved significant savings across the organisation reducing energy consumption by

  • 810,827 GJ (21.9% saving)
  • CO2 Emissions by 70,340 tCO2 (22.2% saving) versus the baseline year 2009.
  • Energy cost savings of €9 Million (9.3% saving vs 2009).
  • AGS’s target is to reach at least 33% improvement in its energy performance by 2020. To date, AGS are exceeding their performance target and have achieved 21.5%

What is ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System?

ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification, provides a framework for establishing energy management best practice to help organisations to improve their energy efficiency plus make a return on investment by implementing ISO 50001. The standard enables organisations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption.

The ISO 50001 standard is a cost-effective framework to help organizations manage and continually improve their energy performance and realize cost and emission reductions. Regardless of an organization’s size or sector, this framework helps maintain and build energy and cost savings year after year. ISO 50001 is a product of international collaboration, drawing on best practices from over 50 countries and demonstrating impressive savings. The standard is proven to be business-friendly, globally relevant, and transformational, as it embeds best practices into any organization and provides a global benchmark for clean energy action.



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