Cork County Council this month became fully certified by Certification Europe to ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management.
In achieving this certification Cork County Council 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 only local authority in the country to achieve this highly significant energy standard for its whole of service energy management system which has considerable positive implications for energy saving and carbon emissions long-term.
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, on announcing the certification and acknowledging his colleague’s achievements said: ‘Streamlining our services and minimising our carbon footprint is top of mind for all of us as we face into the future, therefore achieving ISO 50001 with Certification Europe is a significant achievement for any local authority given the diversity of services they are required to offer, not least for County Cork, Ireland’s largest county.’
‘This certification, 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.
In achieving ISO 50001 certification far in advance of the target date they have demonstrated what can be achieved through teamwork, focus and dedication to a goal. As Chief Executive I am very proud of their achievements’.
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea mentioned how delighted he was to again witness first hand Cork County Council’s commitment to innovation. “I feel blessed to have overseen a great year for Cork County and it should be pointed out that it is the efforts behind the scenes such as this one from our E- MAP Team in achieving ISO 50001 that make our overall offering a much more attractive one. In achieving this International standard our County is again leading the way for local authorities across the country and I commend all involved for the great work done to date’