Energy Management Helps Lafrage Tarmac Reach ISO 50001 Standard

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Lafarge Tarmac - the leading sustainable building materials group in the UK - was recently awarded the international energy management standard, ISO 50001, CemNet reports.
 
Using a specialised framework, ISO 5001 helps companies to manage and refine their energy performance, while at the same time lowering energy intensity, reducing the organisation's effect on the environment, and - most importantly for a lot of businesses - boosting operational efficiency
Lafarge Tarmac has been working for the past 12 months to improve the energy management of its cement and lime plants, bringing them closer to the ISO 50001 certification. Through these efforts, it has now become the first UK operator to achieve the standard across all of its cement and lime activities.
 
Commenting on the result, Lafarge Tarmac's sustainability director, Dr Martyn Kenny, stated: "This achievement reflects our continued efforts to ensure our solutions are as sustainable as possible: from the way our materials are produced, through to how they perform in use and at their end of life."
 
As well as improving its own operations, one reason that the group gives for committing to boosting its energy efficiency and lowering its energy consumption is because it is important to their customers: "The properties and whole life performance of our solutions can help them manage energy and carbon in the built environment, and achieve more sustainable projects, Dr Kenny explained.
 
And that's not all; the company announced in a statement that by the end of 2015, it hopes that the certification will be rolled out across the whole business, based on best practice learning from the initial cement and lime operations.
 
In order to achieve ISO 50001, the teams developed existing programmes to see where further energy savings could be made, and how technology and better ways of working could help meet these goals. Each site had its own energy committee to raise awareness among staff about how they could reduce on-site energy usage.
 
David Shenton, senior environmental manager at Lafarge Tarmac's Cement and Lime business, praised the efforts of the company's employees, stating that they played a "crucial role" not only in understanding the new energy reduction efforts, but in helping to make them possible.
 
Below find a system level picture of how AVReporter Energy Management Software was integrated to LaFarge's plant.
Lafarge cement ISO 50001

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