The plant located at Dawn Cross Hands, which has an annual energy bill of almost £1 million (m), was awarded the certification for the development, implementation and integration of an energy management system aimed specifically at refrigeration consumption, reducing this by 6% and delivering significant financial returns.
Ken Hallahan, UK operations director of Dawn Meats, said: "ISO certification is recognised and respected by farmer suppliers, retailer and foodservice customers, and the general public, as it provides reassurance and certainty that an organisation is operating to an international standard. Dawn Meats views effective energy management as an essential strategic requirement of the business, so it is fitting that Dawn Cross Hands has achieved this certification."
Michael Brophy of accreditation board Certification Europe praised Dawn Meats for the accolade.
"Dawn Meats deserve to be congratulated for what they have achieved. Not only have they pushed the boundaries in energy management, they have put themselves among a very select group of organisations worldwide that have achieved the Energy Management standard (ISO 50001). Being certified makes it clear that the organisation is committed to improving the operational and environmental efficiency of its utilities and energy. With certification to ISO 50001 through Certification Europe, Dawn Meats have given clear evidence of this commitment."
The initiative will be replicated at other significant energy users at Dawn Cross Hands, and upon review of the benefits, the wider Dawn Group plans to roll out the standard elsewhere in its network of plants.