Network Activity 2016



Within the Network, 76 organisations are members of SEAI’s voluntary Energy Agreements Programme (’Agreements’). Companies in Agreements commit to a more aggressive energy management policy and in return SEAI offer higher levels of technical advice, networking and financial support in the form of special investigations. Going forward SEAI will continue to guide and support existing members and encourage others in the Network to implement an energy management system (EnMS) to the ISO 50001 standard as a minimum. The statistics over the years of the programme have demonstrated that Agreements members as a group consistently achieve higher energy performance than LIEN-only companies.

Energy Agreements Programme
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In 2016 the EXEED Certified Program, a project asset certification scheme was launched. EXEED certification provides independent certification of assets, either new or re-engineered, for optimum energy performance and energy management capability using energy efficient design management processes. Under the program, buildings, equipment, systems and processes can be certified to the IS399 standard. There are three distinct levels of certification - Designed, Verified and Managed. To support deployment of the program, an EXEED pilot grant scheme was also launched by SEAI in 2016. The market uptake of EXEED through the pilot has thus far exceeded expectations. To date, over 40 project applications have been received from the public and private sectors, a third of which are from LIEN members. The pilot has attracted a wide range of projects, including warehouses, commercial office buildings, production processes and factory upgrades. These projects will prove very useful for demonstrating EXEED’s wide applicability. 


Under the Energy Agreements Programme, one of the commitments member companies make is to undertake investigations of one of their significant energy users (SEUs). These investigations, which go beyond routine energy efficiency assessments, are then used as the basis for influencing investment decisions by senior management. Such studies relate to specific saving actions connected to the operation, upgrade, retrofit or rehabilitation of specific processes, utilities, services or equipment.  SEAI shares the cost of these investigations, enabling members to make informed decisions on high cost energy efficient technology or process solutions in support of their investment programmes. Technologies featuring in the supported investigations in 2015/2016 included steam generation, high efficiency CHP application, refrigeration, compressed air, lighting biomass boiler, heat recovery and energy intensive nitrogen generation. 



In 2016, SEAI in conjunction with the National Lean Water & Energy Skillnet launched a new training support programme for organisations choosing to implement an energy management system and achieve formal ISO 50001 certification. The training course, in which eight LIEN members are participating, is being run over five days and is specifically customised for large business needs.


LIEN Link, the Network’s online resource and networking tool is a private online forum for members. It facilitates good communication and information sharing between Network members and also allows SEAI keep members abreast of new initiatives, upcoming events and general things to watch out for. It is also an effective medium for informing members of the latest energy technology and system developments, as well as providing a forum where members can support and advise one another. Currently, 343 company representatives and practitioners from across the Network are registered on the LIEN Link.

Commercial sector

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Special Working Groups (SWGs) are focused on specific technologies, initiatives and areas of particular interest to members of the Network. Members volunteer their time and their facilities and are drawn from across the Network. Supported by SEAI-appointed experts, key learning outcomes, case studies and reports are produced so that the knowledge and ideas generated by the group can be shared, replicated and applied throughout the Network and the wider large industry community.

Having seen the value of the previously established groups, SEAI in consultation with the members identified three key areas for further development in 2015/2016:

  • Monitoring and targeting
  • Focussed awareness
  • Utilities

a)     Monitoring and Targeting SWG

The aim of the Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) SWG is to focus on international best practice in this area, analyse the current M&T practices of participants, and undertake a gap analyses for participant companies. As part of this SWG, detailed surveys were undertaken by the group, M&T masterclass training was provided, gap analysis for each member is currently being carried out and the development of ‘expert’ systems are being piloted with three of the group. The outputs from this group, which comprises eight member companies, will include a comprehensive M&T best practice guide and case studies which will be disseminated to the wider network inspiring others to adopt improved practices.

b)     Focussed Awareness SWG

This Focussed Awareness SWG was launched to help members of the Network better understand the staff motivation and behaviour change opportunities in their organisations, to enhance their existing energy or environmental awareness activities and implement a structured approach consistent with  ISO 50001 requirements. Eight members took part in the workshop-based training which followed a structured roadmap to develop energy awareness campaigns. Over 3,500 staff in the eight participating companies will benefit from the SWG training when their campaigns are rolled out. The outputs from this group will include a DIY awareness toolkit for the wider network which companies can use in developing their own campaigns.

c)      Utilities SWG

The objective of the Utilities SWG is to build on the learnings of previous working groups which addressed energy use in a variety of utilities such as compressed air, refrigeration systems and clean room technology. It aims to stimulate replication of the actions and approaches for a new group of participating companies. In addition, additional significant energy users (SEUs) have been identified and assessed with a view to widening the scope and technology mix for the cohort of participants. Twenty LIEN companies took part in this very successful working group; not only were energy savings delivered but also extremely fruitful networking partnerships were forged as a result. The outputs from this special working group are currently being compiled but will include tools to assist companies in the further optimisation of their compressed air system using a fault detection expert system and energy performance indicator development assistance templates.


LIEN events are hosted by Network members and focus on particular themes, usually technical, which are of interest to members. These informal gatherings bring people from different sectors together and affords then the opportunity to hear presentations from technical experts and others members, share learnings, discuss challenges and make useful connections. These events generally include a study tour, relevant to the event theme, which allow members to see first-hand the implementation of various technologies.

Three events were held as part of the LIEN 2016 Event Series addressing the following topics:  

a)     Energy Efficient Design

This event focused on the application of energy efficient design (EED) within major manufacturing facilities in Ireland, highlighted the savings, opportunities and learnings gained from the application of the EED methodology. The event was held in April in GSK, Cork and included a site tour of GSK’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and also provided members with an update on SEAI’s new EXEED certification scheme. GSK and Diageo both presented on their first hand experiences of implementing the EED methodology.

b)     Heat Recovery and Steam Displacement in the Food & Dairy industry

This event was held in October in Kerry Ingredients, Charleville and concentrated on advances in energy management specific to utilities in the food and dairy industry in Ireland, including heat recovery, steam displacement and alternative heating/cooling systems. As part of the event, there was also an interactive session on effective metrics, giving insight into the most effective means of tracking energy performance in utility and process systems for food and dairy facilities.

c)      CHP optimisation

The last of the LIEN 2016 Event Series sees Boston Scientific, Galway hosting this CHP-focused event in November. The event was a mixture of presentations and discussion sessions, exploring the design, installation and operation of CHP plants for Irish manufacturing facilities. It also examined the opportunities available to companies to maximise the potential of their installed systems.



Energy Efficiency





Energy Efficiency Opportunity

Energy efficiency is a constant opportunity to reduce costs and increase competitiveness. With increasing demands for organisations to deliver on sustainability goals, a key delivery pillar is energy. This is the case whether viewing it from an environmental, resource efficiency or community engagement perspective. SEAI will continue to collaborate with the members of the Large Industry Energy Network to ensure this opportunity is leveraged through the full range of supports, engagement and networking activities.

Access to Information

SEAI continually explores ways to best facilitate access to information and best practice for members. Our online resource and networking tools will be further enhanced to support this. But there is no substitute for face to face interaction with peers facing similar challenges so SEAI will continue to run a range of workshop and seminar based events throughout the year focussed on specific topics of interest to the Network.

Energy Management

The very backbone of the Network continues to be structured energy management. Many members have already achieved certification to ISO50001. As energy management in an organisation matures, the new challenges become more about deriving additional value from the system and driving more extensive action. In 2017 we will continue our work on energy management maturity, in collaboration with network members, to develop capability and capacity around this topic.

Innovative Solutions

The Network continues to present new possibilities to co-create innovative solutions to shared problems. These are leveraged through our special working groups, a recent example of which is the work on the energy efficient design methodology. This has now culminated in the development of the EXEED certified program. Organisations that follow the process ensure that they are achieving optimum energy performance in design and operation and also have it externally validated and visible through the achievement of the EXEED badge.

Our Aspiration

Our aspiration is to collaborate with members, to support the adoption of a strategic approach to energy management, to be at the cutting edge of developments in sustainable energy management and together to create new approaches and methodologies to deliver on that aspiration. We look forward to a positive and productive year in 2017.