By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council has announced that supported by 3 Counties Energy Agency it has achieved the globally recognised international energy management standard, ISO 50001, becoming more advanced in optimising energy efficiency.
Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council Cllr Ger Carthy said; “This international accreditation energy performance improvement is top of the agenda for the organisation and I commend all involved for the great work done to date.”
Tom Enright, CEO, Wexford County Council said; “We are focused and fully committed to continuously improving energy performance in all our operations. This year will see the completion of an extensive public lighting upgrade resulting in significant energy and operational costs savings. Upon completion approximately 97% of the public lights within the county will have been converted to high efficiency LED technology.”
Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services Wexford County Council paid tribute to the work undertaken by the cross-departmental energy team and the 3 Counties Energy Agency.
Ray Murphy, Acting Chief Fire Officer with Wexford County Council who has led the certification stated that “there is a programme of works about to commence approved with funding support under SEAI’s Better Energy Communities scheme. This will focus retrofitting several of our facilities such as District Offices, Libraries and Fire Stations with a range of measures including insulation upgrades, fabric improvements, lighting upgrades and Solar PV. In terms of transport Wexford County Council has started to introduce Electric Vehicles into the fleet with a current complement of four electric vans and three forklifts.”
The ISO 50001 standard was developed to support public and private sector organisations committed to efficient energy management providing the most robust framework for achieving cost and carbon emission reductions.