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Belfast Metropolitan College graduates to ISO 50001

Peter Kane discusses with Certification Europe why Belfast Met implemented ISO 50001

As a leading education  provider,  Belfast  Met  believes  it  has  a  moral obligation  to  reduce  its  carbon footprint. Having established and implemented other quality, health &  safety  and  environmental management systems it was a natural decision to  integrate  an  energy  management  system (ISO  50001) into  their existing  integrated  management  system  for  the  college.

Given fluctuating energy prices,  they  believe  this  will  not  only  lead  to  a significant cost savings, but will also make a positive contribution to solving other global problems such as climate change and the depletion of resources. Using the ISO 50001 standard helped them to structure energy management usage in the college and instilled a mind-set of continual improvement towards their energy management.

In the current climate of austerity, Belfast Met have already made financial savings due to the implementation of ISO 50001. Belfast Met believe that through effective auditing of the management system, Certification Europe helped them to bring about further improvements to the energy management system and a reduction in  energy consumption.

22% Reduction in energy consumption

When asked what  advice  he would give to other  organisations considering  ISO  50001 certification, Peter Kane – Lead Implementer and Estate Area Manager for Belfast Metropolitan College stated:

“Top management support is crucial, and it is important that your main stakeholders in your organisation are fully on board before setting out. You need to appreciate that you are on a never ending journey towards perfection that requires you to continually review and improve.”

Since achieving certification ISO 50001, Belfast Met realised that  there  are  a  wide  range  of  opportunities within the college to help bring about energy reduction, and that everyone has their part to play in this movement.

As well as already reaping the  benefits  of  the  certification  with  a  22%  reduction  in  energy consumption, the college now has a system and culture in place that helps to bring about continual improvement on how they operate and does not rely on one person to drive it – it truly is now a college wide effort.

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