Many think ISO certification is for large organisations, however this is a common misconception! A small dairy company in Moldova has demonstrated significant gains for little investment- by only gaining an energy management ISO (ISO 50001).
Lactis is a small dairy company with 185 employees, in the Moldovan town of RÃ®ÅŸcani. Processing milk and producing top quality dairy products such as cheese and butter. But when energy costs started increasing, the management decided they would try to reduce their energy consumption. To achieve this, they turned to ISO standard ISO 50001, Energy management systems.
In just one year, and with little monetary investment, they managed to reduce their electricity consumption by nearly 4 % and their natural gas consumption by 22 %, resulting in a threefold financial return on their investment.
Changes made at the company included setting up processes to effectively monitor energy consumption, therefore allowing them to identify times when consumption was unusually high or when machines were turned on when not necessarily needed.
Managing Director Gheorghe Angheluta said not only did they achieve the objective of saving money, there were many knock-on benefits as well.
â€œWe have seen great benefits, both in our economic performance and for society and the environment by being able to reduce our consumption of resources and reduce emissions,â€ he said.
â€œSo far, in 2014 we have reduced electricity consumption by around 2 % and natural gases by around 5 %. Plus we also have a long list of other activities we would like to implement, but some require capital investment so may not happen straight away,â€ he said.