Tyndall National Institute at UCC has recently received certification under the ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) standard, and is one of the first research institutes of its kind in the world to receive this award. ISO 50001 is an international standard for energy management which assists organisations in their drive for energy efficiency, reduced consumption, a lower carbon footprint and lower costs.
Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe’s leading research centres, specialising in ICT hardware research, with about 450 staff, students and academic and industrial visiting researchers. Tyndall undertakes internationally-leading research into information and communications technology.
“We are delighted to have been awarded ISO 50001 certification, which is a direct result of the implementation of progressive energy management policies and initiatives as well as adhering to a sustainable design policy during our expansion programme over a number of years. Tyndall is a process-intensive research facility with exceptionally high levels of energy utilisation throughout the year. We implemented state-of- the-art energy efficient systems in our new research building and retrofitted the existing buildings with highly energy efficient equipment. Despite almost trebling our site footprint in recent years, we have reduced our energy consumption by 30% in real terms, an impressive result of our effective energy management policies.” says Cormac Harrington, head of operations at Tyndall National Institute.
University College Cork (UCC) recently separately became the first third level research institution worldwide to achieve the ISO 50001 standard.