SISK achieve ISO 50001 Accreditation

John Sisk & Son has become one of the first Ireland & UK Construction Companies to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation, which is designed to implement, establish and maintain a continuous standard of energy reduction. This certification encompasses all the company’s offices, fleet, workshops and construction sites within its Irish & UK business units. The EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012 Article 8 was transposed into UK (ESOS) and Irish Law (SI 426 ; 2014), thereby making it mandatory for large enterprises to identify their energy saving opportunities by way of an energy audit every four years, where a direct route to compliance through ISO 50001 accreditation was not already in place. With SISK operations in both Ireland and the UK already complying with ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, with the latter branding its business as environmentally responsible, the pursuit of ISO 50001 was the next natural step and suited the Company’s well established integrated management system and business model.

The SISK Energy Forum, formed in October 2014 and led by Building Services Department Manager Padraic O’Connor, aimed to take advantage of the extensive skills base that exist within the company. It comprises representatives from all eight of its Irish and UK operational business units, with help and input from support functions such as Procurement, ICT / HR / Fleet and HSEQS working collaboratively to achieve the objective of ISO 50001 certification. The starting point for the Energy Forum was to establish a baseline of the company’s energy use and to identify its Significant Energy Users (SEU’s). As a result of this analysis they identified the SEU’s as diesel for transport, diesel for site vehicles/equipment, electricity and gas. The Forum also established an Energy Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) register which in turn was used to develop Energy Action plans that the company are implementing in order to achieve the energy savings targeted for 2015/2016.

One of the most significant challenges encountered was the analysis and comparison of key performance indicators for energy usage across all of our construction sites, as many variables such as the type of project, duration, method of construction, site working times, site accommodation arrangements, commissioning duration etc. made it difficult to produce accurate comparative data. SISK’s focus in the shorter term is therefore to control the inputs to energy use by way of the introduction and planning of energy efficient designs to their temporary electrical installations, combined with procedures and guidelines in the use and selection of plant and equipment to help in the reduction of their energy usage. “Zero Energy Waste” is now the SISK energy policy in accordance with the company’s zero philosophy.