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Halyps Cement: first Italcementi plant to obtain EN 16001 certification

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Thanks to the energy efficiency measures adopted by the company to cut its energy costs, Halyps Cement is the first company in Italcementi Group and one of just a handful of companies worldwide currently to possess EN 16001 requisites.

Antonio Romano, technical director at Halyps Cement and one of the main promoters of the EN 16001 project, said: “Energy is a vital and valuable resource. Halyps recognises the need for a decisive contribution to energy saving and conservation of energy sources, especially fossil fuels, and this also means cost savings. I strongly believe that systematic action is necessary to achieve this goal, and a management system is an enabling factor in this.”

Romano added: “Implementation of the standard involved completing a series of critical phases. The most complex steps were the identification and review of energy aspects, including setting energy efficiency targets. The results of the CTG step 2 program were of great help, especially in quantifying opportunities and reducing impacts.
“As far as energy savings are concerned, based on the most recent performance results, a reduction of at least 5% of the specific electricity consumption seems to be an achievable target. Special thanks must go to the plant team and the CTG team for this remarkable achievement, and hopefully other Group plants will follow us”.

Following implementation of the energy management system, Halyps has introduced a series of measures to enhance efficiency.
The “backbone” of the company’s certification is the electrical efficiency program Halyps commenced in 2009.

The overall aim of this European EN 16001 standard is to help organizations establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy efficiency. This should lead to reductions in cost and greenhouse gas emissions through systematic management of energy.

European EN 16001 is based on the methodology known as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA).
Plan: establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the organisation's energy policy.
Do: implement the processes.
Check: monitor and measure processes against energy policy, objectives, targets, legal obligations and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes.
Act: take actions to continually improve performance of the energy management system.

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