Cork County Council & Energy Efficiency
Cork County Council became the first Local Authority in Ireland to achieve ISO50001 certification of our Energy Management System (EnMS) in May 2016. This certification covers the entire scope of Cork County Council's annual €7million energy spend and 41 million kWh of energy consumed each year. The certification of County Cork’s energy management system to the ISO50001 standard now makes Cork County Council fully compliant to SI 426.
We have seen at first hand the many benefits of ISO50001 within the organisation such as; a structured EnMS, raised staff awareness of energy use and energy projects and the encouragement of a culture of energy champions. Cork County Council has been implementing an EnMS since 2011 when they signed a partnership agreement with SEAI. This EnMS has proved to be very successful and can be directly attributed to 3.1 million kWh of energy saved and we are on target to achieve our goal of 33% energy efficiency by 2020.
To ensure that energy efficiency will be a priority for the organisation in September 2015 our County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea and Chief Executive Tim Lucy signed our Energy Policy. This Policy sets out our commitment to energy efficiency into the future.
Cork County Council Energy Policy
Cork County Council commits to continual improvement to energy performance in line with national targets and legally binding and other requirements.
Cork County Council will ensure the promotion of awareness among stakeholders will be made by providing reliable and transparent information regarding Cork County Council’s energy consumption and improvement actions undertaken.
Cork County Council will provide the framework for setting and reviewing energy objectives and targets periodically.
Cork County Council will commit to providing the necessary resources to achieve the required objectives and targets.
Cork County Council is committed to consider the purchase of energy efficient products and services and undertakes to design for energy performance improvement.