ISO 50001 Overview
Maynooth University and St Patrick’s College Maynooth have implemented an energy management system in compliance with ISO 50001. ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management. It sets out best practice for managing energy and supports organizations to use energy more efficiently. This saves money, conserves resources and tackles climate change. Energy use on campus costs approximately two million euro every year.

Our energy management system sets out a number of repeatable steps to continually improve energy performance. These steps include:

  • Developing a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Fixing targets and objectives to meet the policy
  • Using data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Finding and implementing energy efficiency projects
  • Measuring project results
  • Training and Awareness
  • Reviewing how well the policy works, and
  • Continually improving energy management.


Energy Performance
We have set targets to reduce energy consumption by 33% from 2009 to 2020. We are set to realise this ambitious goal.

Maynooth University and St Patrick’s College Maynooth have implemented many projects to improve energy efficiency including:

  • Upgrade to LED lighting
  • District Heating System upgrade on the South Campus
  • Thermal and Photovoltaic solar panel installations
  • Air Handling System Upgrades
  • Building Management System upgrades
  • Energy Monitoring System on the North and South Campus 

Energy Usage
The consumption of energy usage in a building depends on many factors including:

  • Building Usage (laboratory, office, classroom
  • Age                                                                                                                                  
  • Building Services type (and vintage): Lighting, Boilers, fans, pumps
  • Upgrades and maintenance on the mechanical equipment
  • Outside air temperature
  • Occupancy of the building
  • Insulation, window type and shading
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Schedules
  • Specialty equipment, e.g. lasers, fume cupboards, servers, etc.
  • The plug loads in the building.


People across the campus are encouraged to actively improve energy efficiency and contribute ideas. The main areas people can have an impact are reducing plug in loads, turning off lights and providing feedback on heating schedules.

People are encouraged to contribute energy efficiency ideas to the Management Representative. Please email ciará with your ideas.