Case Study:

Cork County Council

Cork County Council was the first Local Authority in Ireland to achieve ISO 50001 Certification.

Cork County Council was the first Local Authority in Ireland to achieve ISO 50001 Certification. The Councils energy portfolio consists of several Significant Energy Users (SEU’s) consuming large amounts of energy each year, including three directly managed swimming pools and a large County Hall building with 17 floors, laboratories and area offices. The energy team, through a competition process, engaged the services of ResourceKraft to help them on the road to ISO 50001 certification



Challenges:


The Councils energy portfolio consists of several Significant Energy Users (SEU’s) consuming large amounts of energy each year, including three directly managed swimming pools and a large County Hall building with 17 floors, laboratories and area offices. The energy team, through a competition process, engaged the services of ResourceKraft to help them on the road to ISO 50001 certification.


Solution:


The energy team, through a competition process, engaged the services of ResourceKraft to help them on the road to ISO 50001 certification.

The addition of sub-metering in all the SEU buildings along with ResourceKraft Advisor Energy Analytics software meant that the process of monitoring energy usage became automated and centralised to the energy management team.


Benefits

This resulted in many benefits for Cork County Council. Such as:

  •  Building managers no longer had to manually record energy data, saving significant time and effort.

  •  The energy management team could use the baseline data recorded, to develop energy performance indicators.

  • The automated reports feature in Advisor Energy Analytics system allowed the energy team to report on energy performance indicators and report back to SEU’s on any non-conformance.

  •  The system allows different ways to view energy data through heat mapper and cost mapper tools. This allowed the team to easily investigate areas for improvement and plan for the following years energy saving opportunities.

  • The ease of use of the system resulted in more buy in with building managers (and users) as the stakeholders could instantly see the effects of any changes they made.

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The organization can now:


Easily Manage a Wide portfolio of SEU's

Achieve & Maintain ISO 50001 certification

Easily Identify & plan for saving opportunities

Make Energy Savings

There is work to achieving ISO50001 certification and one of the key pillars is the measurement of your energy use.
Having a centralised energy measurement system such as ResourceKraft’s Advisor Energy Analytics, to analyse and identify opportunities and to do this as efficiently as possible certainly helped Cork County Council achieve ISO50001 certification.
Senior Executive Engineer, Cork County Council