Sigma Aldrich saves €30k through use of standards
AN Arklow company has saved over €30,000 in energy costs since it began using the Energy Management Standard (ISO 50001) at its premises, it was revealed last week as the company was one of 24 organisations certified to world class standards at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
‘ The savings have been incredible,’ said Eugene Mulholland, Engineering and Technology Processing Manager with Sigma Aldrich.
‘In just 12 months we estimate our company has saved more than €30,000 in energy costs and we hope to build on this figure going forward,’ he added.
‘Our energy costs are about €900,000 annually so since we’ve started using the Energy Management standard, we’ve saved up to five per cent.’
Sigma Aldrich employs over 100 people in Arklow, manufacturing active pharmaceutical products for firms such as Pfizer and AM Gen.
A new Behaviour and Attitudes study carried out on behalf of NSAI revealed that Irish organisations that use standards have reported an average 20 per cent increase in turnover.
The research also found that 88 per cent of Irish firms are now using standards within their organisation. This compares with 69 per cent of firms in 2012.
At the presentation ceremony in Dublin last week, NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley said: ‘ The challenges faced by Irish businesses today are very different from a few decades ago. Technology is driving increased expectations from customers and businesses.
‘More and more tender requirements seek certification to internationally recognised standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Certification to these standards can also be a deal breaker when it comes to securing export opportunities,’ he added.
Maurice Buckley, CEO of the NSAI, with Eugene Mulholland of Sigma Aldrich in Arklow and Pedro Alves, MD of IQNet.