At a ceremony in Brussles today (July 11,2016), JF Walsh Packaging from Roscrea were announced as the Irish winners of the European Enterprise Climate Cup competition. The European Enterprises Climate Cup (EECC) is an EU-funded project that aimed to support SMEs to be more aware and engaged in their energy efficiency management. As part of the project, Tipperary Energy Agency invited SMEs to enter a competition to reduce their energy consumption.
J.F. Walsh Packaging Limited is an Irish Company and has been manufacturing paper bags in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary since 1969. The company has a wide range of customers from the small local newsagent to high street supermarkets.
J.F. Walsh was one of the first companies to enter the EECC competition in Ireland. The motivation for Managing Director, Shauna Walsh was that energy costs were a considerable overhead for the business. Electricity costs in particular was a challenge and the company had not benefited from the reductions in energy prices.
A detailed audit was carried out by Tipperary Energy Agency under the EECC (European Enterprise Climate Cup) project and as a result the company implemented the following changes.
• LED lighting upgrade in offices
• Partial electric motor upgrading
• Power factor improvement
These changes alone resulted in a 12% energy saving!
As a result of winning the EECC competition, J.F. Walsh will benefit from a €2000 investment, which will go further to improving the energy efficiency of their business.
Pictured in the above photo are Shauna Walsh, J. F. Walsh Packaging, Donal Deering, Tipperary Energy Agency and Michael Steurer, Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor, Eurochambres.
Also above new LED lighting in J.F. Walsh’s premises in Roscrea.