Tipperary firm MSD Ireland, Ballydine excelled at the Sustainable Energy Awards 2012 by winning one of the night’s big prizes for its impressive energy saving projects.
Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and sponsored by Electric Ireland, the Awards recognise and reward excellence in energy management by organisations of all sizes, and this year saw the 100 entrants achieve energy savings of €28 million.
The pharmaceutical company came out on top in its category - ‘Integrated Energy Management Award Major User’ - after significantly reducing the gas and electricity consumption at the Ballydine site.
They achieved their goal through a series of energy saving projects that were completed over a 3 year period and helped deliver a 27% reduction in the total energy demand at the existing facilities. Other companies nominated for the award included; Defence Forces (Irish Naval Service), University College Cork and EMC2 Information Systems International, Cork.
Dr. Brian Motherway, Chief Executive of SEAI commented: “This year’s participants have reduced their cost base significantly, improving their overall competitiveness and making more than 10,000 Irish jobs secure. It has never been clearer how the employment benefits of sustainable energy extend well beyond the actual energy product suppliers and service providers.”
Congratulating the 2012 Award winners, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Mr Pat Rabbitte, said: “The organisations that have been showcased through the Sustainable Energy Awards are to be commended for their innovation, determination and ultimately success in bringing about meaningful cost and CO2 savings. Initiating change, as many of these companies have, can be very difficult not least in challenging economic circumstances. But I hope these organisations can truly appreciate the benefits of what they’ve achieved and I encourage others to learn from their example.”
Commenting on the Awards announcement, Bríd Horan, Executive Director, Electric Ireland, said: “The financial savings achieved by the organisations participating in this year’s Awards are proof that embracing energy management and engaging staff in energy efficiency projects can greatly improve an organisation’s bottom line.”