In an era of rapid change, sustainability is no longer an optional extra; it is a major strategic driver for businesses and a key component of competitiveness. A sustainable approach to energy, from the perspective of both efficiency and the use of renewables, often represents the lowest risk and most cost effective investment for companies seeking to increase their environmental performance. With shareholders demanding an optimum return on investment, it is also critically important that the full benefits of a sustainable approach to energy are recognised. In addition to the bottom line cost savings, rapid returns on investment, and quantifiable CSR contributions, strategic approaches to energy management can embed a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.SEAI's Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN), a voluntary grouping of over 190 of Ireland's largest energy users, shares a common goal to improve energy performance and to apply energy efficiency best practices. It is interesting to see that, in contrast to the national increase in energy use, the energy consumption of the Network actually decreased by 2% in 2015. Members continue to improve their sustainability and become more competitive businesses as a result. We would also note that increasingly, across many organisations, a new goal of decarbonising energy supply is also growing in importance, and this is something we will give more focus to as demand increases for advice and support in this area.All large businesses with an interest in pursuing a sustainable and strategic approach to energy should become members of LIEN. The benefits are simply too great to be ignored.
In 2015, the total primary energy requirement of the network was 31,300GWh, representing a total estimated energy spend of €1.06 billion.
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Example LIEN members making a difference in 2015 and beyond
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Making more while consuming less
In 2015, MSD’s four Irish sites achieved group certification to the ISO50001 energy management standard
Since 2011, the MSD Ireland sites have drawn down over €11 million from the MSD Global Energy Capital Fund to invest in capital energy efficiency projects
Contributing over €130 million annually to the local and Irish economy
Fully converted the site to natural gas in 2014
The energy team has supervised and led the investment of over $25M in energy efficiency projects over the past five years
20,500 tonnes CO2 emissions avoided in the past five years
Aurivo is the largest indigenous agricultural co-operative in the west of Ireland
Over 27,000 tonnes of measured CO2 savings have been achieved between 2009 and 2015
In 2012 the Cork facility became the first legacy EMC site worldwide to become ISO 50001 certified
Dell EMC Cork has reduced its energy-related carbon emissions by over 15,000 tonnes since 2008
Over the past 21 years LIEN has grown and developed into one of the world’s leading energy efficiency networks. Its membership encompasses a significant number of the prominent organisations operating in Ireland, all keen to take a strategic approach to energy management and be at the cutting edge of developments in sustainable energy use and management. SEAI working in collaboration with these organisations envisages the Network continuing to be a catalyst for this development and in the decarbonisation of the Irish economy into the future.
CATALYST FORIRELAND'S ENERGY FUTURE