MSD, known as Merck in the United States and Canada, has operations in more than 140 countries. The company employs approximately 1,800 people across its sites in Ireland which encompass manufacturing, R&D, commercial and marketing facilities, in addition to global support services.
As a global leader in healthcare, MSD are dedicated to providing a wide range of innovative health solutions. These include the development, production and distribution of prescription medicines, vaccines and biologic therapies as well as animal health products. MSD also drive and support the on-going development of patient support initiatives.
MSD’s investment and commitment to the environment is clearly demonstrated through its efforts in ensuring the efficient use of energy across its portfolio.
Figure 1: MSD Ireland sites (clockwise from top left: Brinny; Ballydine; Red Oak; Carlow)
The forward drive to ISO50001 accreditation
In 2015, MSD’s four Irish sites achieved group certification to the ISO50001 energy management standard. MSD is now putting the 50001 standard into practice at these sites, with the aim of having all of their Irish sites working together with an energy-saving mind-set and culture to achieve maximum efficiency.
“The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) sets certain requirements for industry relating to energy audits and energy management systems,” says Mark O’Connor, EMEA Energy Manager, MSD. “Article 8 of EED requires companies of a certain size to complete a site wide energy audit. One of the many advantages of having ISO50001 accreditation is that it exempts the group from those requirements.” The direction taken by MSD represents a shift from a purely project investment focused, often short-term and ad-hoc approach to that of a more balanced longer-term, sustainable and regional approach, incorporating operational day to day use of energy control at each of the plants. This approach also aligns with MSD’s continuous improvement philosophy.
“Achieving ISO50001 accreditation as a region has made us all work together better and think differently. Also, when customers ask for evidence of our company’s approach to sustainability we can now point to our ISO50001 certification which shows clearly we are committed as a group to both sustainability and tackling climate change,” Mark adds.