Musgrave Group Energy Management Team won Energy Manager of the Year Award – Major Users at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Energy awards 2010

The team, under the direction of John Curran, Group Environmental Executive, is led by Brian Scannell, Musgrave Energy Manager, who works closely with nominated Energy Champions in each of our Cash & Carry and Distribution facilities, with the aim of reducing energy consumption and optimising energy use across the group. This is done through continuous analysis and reporting of energy usage against set targets, based on the previous year’s consumption and the 2007 baseline.

Our energy reduction targets form part of our overall sustainability programme and are based on the philosophy of continuous improvement; targeting 5 per cent reduction in energy use per year. (i.e. target for 2010 is a 15 per cent reduction compared to the 2007 baseline).

Since 2008, over 65 energy projects have been implemented across the Group, resulting in over 3,000MWh in energy savings, with some facilities already exceeding their energy targets for 2012.

These results have been achieved through the implementation of a web based energy monitoring and targeting system, staff energy awareness training, analysis of utility invoices to ensure optimum tariff structures are maintained, trials of new energy efficient technology as it emerges, and a commitment to use best in class energy efficiency products (Triple E – Excellence in Energy Efficiency).

The judges were particularly impressed with the breadth and depth of the Musgrave Group energy management programme and the way in which the energy works together to deliver change. The also noted how energy data is made visible and responsibilities in delivering reduction targets clearly defined, demonstrating a clear energy management culture across the organisation. The judges also identified the great replication potential of our approach among other multi-site companies.

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