When staff at C&F Automotive in Collinstown leave in the evenings, they ensure all machines are shut down.
Even at breaktimes, machines that can be powered off are – all in a bid to conserve energy.
Taking a careful approach to power usage is just one of the strategies that the staff at C&F Automotive embraced as the company bid to improve its energy and environmental impact ratings.
Other measures included replacing the lights with lower-energy LED bulbs, and watching for weaknesses in their power management strategy.
And, reveals C&F Human Resources boss, Loretta McDermott, the effort paid off when the firm achieved a further ISO accreditation, which enhances its reputation on the global stage.
C&F Automotive, which employs a staff of 340, and which manufactures decorative trim elements for car manufacturers, largely in Europe, just recently got word that it had achieved full certification to ISO 50001:2011 which is the international accredited Energy Management Standard.
“C&F Automotive are the first company in the C&F Group to achieve this accolade,” Loretta told The Westmeath Examiner.
The firm already holds the Environmental Management Standard (ISO 14:001:2004), which it first obtained 13 years ago.
Having both, says Loretta, now places C&F Automotive in “an excellent position” in terms of managing their impacts on the environment.
And, she added, a bonus was that this new energy and environment-conscious strategy saw the firm's electricity bills drop significantly.
A very definite strategy was put in place at C&F when the firm decided to go for the accreditation.
“In preparation for achieving this standard, C&F Automotive carried out a significant energy review of its operations, it formed an energy team and implemented energy reduction projects throughout the factory,” says Loretta.
There was an immediate pay-off: “These actions reduced energy consumption in the first year equivalent to the full energy foot-print - taking carbon dioxide emissions into account - for approximately one hundred EU citizens,” she reveals.
Ongoing auditing will ensure C&F's c ommitment to efficient energy usage continues, and having both ISO standards will ensure sustainability, Loretta continues, explaining that this would help C&F Automotive to confidently develop and grow business - but not at the expense of the environment.
C&F also holds ISO/TS16949 certification, a standard specific to the automotive sector and aimed at developing a Quality Management System.
The emphasis with ISO/TS16949 is on continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of waste in the automotive industry supply chain.
“C&F Automotive are delighted to retain this standard as it is essential to their current business stream but also to their future prospects,” Loretta concluded.