Top global energy management award goes to Tyndall

Photographed with the CEM award is Cormac Harrington, Chief Operations Officer, along with Derry Kelleher, Facilities Manager and Professor William Scanlon, CEO.

A high-level global forum that promotes policies and programs to advance clean energy, has awarded Tyndall National Institute the 2022 Award of Excellence in Energy Management.

An independent panel of international experts from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) selected only three organisations worldwide for this top honuor in energy management. Tyndall, at University College Cork, is the first Research Institute Globally to receive this prestigious award.

Recipients of the Award of Excellence will be formally recognised during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum, a joint convening of the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial and 7th Mission Innovation Ministerial, which will take place from September 21-23 in Pittsburgh, USA.

CEM offers the Energy Management Leadership Awards to honour those organisations that have demonstrated sustainable practices through a structured energy management system that is certified to ISO 50001, the international energy management standard.

To enter the awards program, Tyndall developed and submitted a detailed case describing its experiences and results using ISO 50001. The case study highlights key aspects of Tyndall’s ISO 50001-certified energy management system and identifies resulting benefits, including a 5.8% over 3.5 years energy performance improvement; over €150k annual energy cost savings as well as 510 metric tons of carbon emissions avoided.


Professor William Scanlon, CEO Tyndall said: “A core objective of Tyndall’s research strategy is to develop innovative technologies to help address some of the most pressing sustainability challenges facing society today including climate, energy & clean water, through Tyndall deep tech research. To align our internal operations with this objective, a logical step was to implement an energy management system which is aligned to ISO50001.

“The benefits of this accredited management system extend far beyond the significant energy and carbon savings which have been achieved to date. The sustainability credentials which have been garnered through the standard have significantly raised the profile of our institute both nationally and internationally, enabling investment from organisations from both the public and private sectors.”

A product of international collaboration, this ISO 50001 international standard draws on best practices that have led to impressive savings around the world. The standard is proven to be business-friendly, globally relevant, and transformational, as it embeds best practices into any organization and provides a global benchmark for clean energy action.

Regardless of an organisation’s size or sector, this framework helps maintain and build energy and cost savings year after year.