The certification demonstrates the efforts staff and students have gone to, to help manage energy consumption and highlights WIT as an energy leader
WIT is the first institute of technology in Ireland to be certified to the international best practice energy management system I.S EN ISO 50001:2011, an international standard which relates to energy management systems.
Speaking at a formal handover of ISO 50001 certification to WIT, Estates Manager at WIT Elaine Greenan said: “Significant energy savings can be achieved through increased energy monitoring and this certification demonstrates our efforts to ensure best practice energy management systems are in place and continue to be managed efficiently.”
She said that the certification demonstrates the efforts staff and students have gone to help manage energy consumption.
“This achievement follows on from our involvement in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Public Sector Support programme. Valuable support was provided to the Institute through key interaction with the SEAI for which we are very grateful.”
WIT Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Finance Elaine Sheridan said: “As part of our environmental strategy, WIT has proactively engaged in reducing its energy consumption, adopting a structured and strategic approach to energy management and ensuring that the Institute operates in a responsible, sustainable and energy-efficient manner. The achievement of the ISO 50001:2011 certification would not have been possible without the commitment and drive of the WIT Energy Advisory Group (WEAG), a multi-disciplinary team of WIT staff and students, chaired by Tom O’Brien (lecturer, Department of Built Environment) with implementation of the strategy led by Elaine Greenan, Estates Manager and her team.”
Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management, SEAI said: “Waterford Institute of Technology’s ISO50001 certification is a fantastic achievement and really highlights them as leaders within the higher education sector. They are an excellent example to others of what can be achieved through a dedicated and structured approach to energy management.”
I.S EN ISO 50001:2011 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.