Minister White visits Abbott Sligo marking its energy achievements
Energy team achieve 40% CO2 reduction since 2005
21 December 2015
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD recently visited Abbott's site in Sligo to meet with staff and hear about the global healthcare company's sustainable energy journey which has achieved a CO2 reduction of 40% in the last decade. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals and has been operating in Ireland since 1946.
Minister White attended a presentation by senior site personnel, Conor Murphy, Site Director; Padraig Phillips, Senior Engineering Manager, and Peter De Bie, Environmental Engineer where examples of the energy efficiency improvements implemented over the years were discussed. One such project, the "heatpump project" involved the implementation of a heatpump and energy efficient chilled water systems which delivered annual savings in excess of €300,000 and attracted support from SEAI of €200,000 under the Better Energy Workplaces programme.
Abbott has a long standing commitment to the energy agenda. Joining SEAI's Energy Agreements programme in 2010, the site is certified to the international standard for Energy Management ISO50001 and has a strong ongoing relationship with Bord na Móna as a partner under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme.
Majella Kelleher, Head of Energy Demand Management, SEAI who also visited Abbott with the Minister said: "The opportunities presented by energy efficiency, including the financial savings that can be achieved, are becoming ever more important as decarbonisation assumes a more central position on the policy stage. Companies like Abbott provide an excellent example of how businesses can work to continuously change and innovate to deliver energy and cost savings as well as minimising their impact on the environment. I'd encourage any business, large or small, that's not engaged with sustainable energy, to get started now and watch the benefits accrue."
Site Director, Abbott Sligo, Conor Murphy said: "The improvements identified by our Energy Team helped reduce our CO2 emissions by 40% and reduce our energy costs by 36%, making these projects very attractive from both an environmental and financial point of view. These reductions were critical to Abbott's Sligo site winning the Abbott Environmental Health and Safety Plant of the Year award in 2011 and 2012. We look forward to continuing to develop important products to help contribute to better care."
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