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ICS STANDARDS TRAINING WORKSHOP – ISO 14644-16

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The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Irish Cleanroom Society (ICS) have announced a standards training workshop on the application of ISO 14644-16:2019, Energy Efficiency & Management in Cleanrooms.

Focusing on the new ISO 14644-16:2019 energy efficiency in cleanrooms, the training will examine practical worked examples and look at best practice approaches to Energy Efficiency. The subject matter experts leading the training, include EECO2’s Executive Director Keith Beattie, Conor Murray (Chairman ICS, Ireland) and Pier Angelo Galligani (ASCAA, Italy). Attendees will get the opportunity to look over key elements and opportunities for energy efficiency and ask the experts queries on their own situation.

The day will be split into a technical seminar in the morning and an interactive workshop in the afternoon, providing attendees with specific guidance on how to apply ISO 14644-16:2019 and update their own SOPs.

So if you are looking to optimise your cleanroom performance, book your place today on the standards training workshop and discover how from the experts. 

Workshop Seminar Details
  • Date: Wednesday, 25th March 2020
  • Duration: 1-day standard training workshop
  • Location: NSAI, 1 Swift Square, Northwood, Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland D09 A0E4
  • Cost: €500
  • The attendance fee includes notes, a hard copy or soft electronic PDF copy of ISO 14644-3:2019, refreshments and a selection of sandwiches and snacks at lunchtime.
The attendance will be restricted to no more than 30 people. Booking is on a first come basis.

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AstraZeneca made the news last week by ‘bringing forward decarbonisation plans by more than a decade’, so the world looks to the rest of Big Pharma to analyse what they are planning on doing to reduce their carbon footprint.

AstraZeneca created the ‘Ambition Zero Carbon’ programme, committing to zero carbon emissions from operations across the world by 2025. The company is planning to invest up to $1bn to achieve their new goals. The goals also include looking into their supply chain; asking suppliers to analyse their carbon emissions, to gain a full view of emissions produced. This should result in AstraZeneca becoming carbon negative across its entire value chain by 2030.

GSK also have ambitions of being Carbon Neutral. They want to reduce their overall carbon footprint by 25% by 2020 (vs. 2010) and have a carbon neutral value chain by 2050. In addition, GSK has looked to their water and operational waste, with key targets listed in their commitments. “We are committed to managing and reducing the environmental impacts of our operations and our products across their life-cycle. We have set ambitious goals to reduce carbon, water and waste across our value chain – from the sourcing of raw materials and the impacts of our own labs and factories, to the use and disposal of our products by patients and consumers.” GSK

Bayer is another with great aim to combat climate change; “we can only be successful as a company in the long term if we balance our economic growth with our responsibility for the environment and society” Bayer. The corporate website lists some of the targets, including reducing specific greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent through 2020 (compared with 2015) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions – including the areas of business trips, communications technologies, logistics and along the entire value-added chain.

Involving business trips, logistics and supply chain (not just focusing purely on production) is an important factor that all companies – not just Big Pharma – need to consider when calculating their carbon footprint.

Pfizer and Sanofi have also spoken about limiting the direct (and indirect) impact their activities have on the environment, but as the issue of climate change and carbon reduction becomes larger and a more prominent fixture in our daily lives, the more larger organisations are expected to do. A majority of internal schemes and targets for large pharmaceutical organisations seem to have an ‘end goal’ set at 2020.

So, what now? Whether the organisation hit the target as we enter 2020 or if they just missed it, it seems there needs to be another push for the next big target… following AstraZeneca’s programme its seems 2025 may do just right. 

For help reaching carbon reduction goals, see how EECO2 can help… EECO2 Solutions.

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Last week, the EECO2 team was in beautiful Italy for an on-site HVAC Energy Assessment. The 4 day assessment took place at the pharmaceutical manufacturing site a couple of hours from the capital. The visit was incredibly successful and the team is now preparing the report for the client. 

What is involved in an energy assessment?

The EECO2 team analyses site energy consumption, identifying problem areas and energy efficiency projects that will be able to provide emission and cost reduction. They then produce a report with a list of recommended energy efficiency projects and predicted savings for each. Working together with the site team, the EECO2 team works to implement the agreed projects, to improve the energy efficiency of the site and reduce consumption and cost.

To see where else we have been, check the Case Studies page or contact EECO2 to arrange an energy assessment on your site.

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NEW FEATURE: GUIDE TO ENERGY EFFICIENT CLEANROOM PROJECTS

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EECO2’s Keith Beattie and Matt Harris have worked together to produce a new feature for the August edition of Cleanroom Technology; ‘Guide to energy-efficient cleanroom projects’. This feature looks at delivering efficient and resilient manufacturing facilities in the energy intensive pharma industry. 

“The energy use in pharma processes is significantly affected by initial design decisions, making it an excellent opportunity for improving lifecycle cost visibility at an early stage”



Matt tells how sustainability reviews are often left until the late stages of a design, so nearly everything is already in place and it is very hard to make any real changes. He goes on to describe how this affects the new buildings as they become a replica of what has come before… with only slight changes. 

“Through EECO2’s experience of providing a range of services—efficiency workshops, survey, design—we see first-hand even relatively new facilities operating well below optimal levels. This highlights many of the issues with the standard construction process”



The piece discusses ‘old vs. new’, including why new facilities are often much less efficient than older ones and what needs to change for future design and build projects to become more energy efficient. One of the main suggestions is to keep it simple, with clear targets at the beginning of the project. 

“The efficient and resilient facilities of tomorrow don’t need to emerge from science fiction neither do they require huge additional budgets. We have the technology and design tools to deliver them today at no significant cost premium”

Read the full article here.

If you want to get in touch with EECO2 about this article or what we can do for your site – get in touch!

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SUCCESSFUL INSTALLATION OF MEMU ON CLIENT SITE IN POLAND

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This week the EECO2 team has successfully installed a new MEMU on a client site in Poland. The team is now receiving data in our head office in the UK from the oral solid manufacturing site. The data will be analysed to produce energy consumption information that can be normalised against local temperatures, production and occupation and will help our team to identify the site’s largest energy consuming equipment. The reports and data will be analysed for any inefficiencies within the HVAC system, which will then lead to further energy saving opportunities and projects. 

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If you are interested in what a MEMU could do for your site, or if you would like to visit our head office for a demonstration get in touch with our team today. 

For more information on the MEMU and its uses, visit the MEMU page. This page includes case studies of the MEMU as well as an explaination of how it works and what the dashboard portal looks like.

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Recently, the EECO2 team visited an oral solid dose manufacturing site in Mexico. The team conducted a HVAC & BMS Assessment, including new GMP upgrade projects. In the end, there were a total of 11 projects identified.

With quantified savings of €198,000 – which is 12% of the total site energy cost! The projects have a simple payback period of 1.6 years.

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CASE STUDY – FEASIBILITY STUDY AT API SITE

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The latest case study from EECO2 focuses on an API manufacturing client site in Ireland. The client was developing an energy saving plan for the whole site, to reduce energy, carbon emissions and energy cost. The client engaged the EECO2 team to work up potential projects in more detail and also generate new ideas. EECO2 was commissioned to provide HVAC feasibility studies for energy reduction projects.

Method: The team began with a data collection exercise, liaising with site team, followed by a desktop review and initial analysis. The next step was a visit to the client site, to get a physical understanding of the issues, constraints and client expectations.

Results: Solutions including air change rate reduction and AHU fan efficiency improvements were involved in the 5 major HVAC projects refined by the feasibility study. The annual energy and cost savings identified can be seen on the case study PDF – 2,840 MWh and €174,000. More details on the additional solutions, can be found on the PDF and the case study itself.

Follow up: The API manufacturing client site continues to work through and implement the suggested projects and aims to reach the savings predicted.


If your site would benefit from a feasibility study, or energy assessment, we can do this for you too. Speak to us today to find out what we can deliver for your business. You can talk to our team on +44 (0) 1625 660 718 or email info@eeco2.com.

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EECO2 TO PRESENT POSTER AT CIBSE 2019 TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM

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This year EECO2’s Andrew Butterworth will be presenting on the poster entitled ‘Energy Efficiency in Cleanrooms’.

The poster explores the history of cleanrooms and goes on to explain the most recent technical advancements in the monitoring and controlling areas of cleanroom management. During Andrew’s presentation, he will introduce the Intelligent Cleanroom Control System (ICCS), which applies intelligent thinking for the modern cleanroom.

He will explain the advantages of monitoring and dynamically controlling a cleanroom, including reduction in energy consumption, energy cost savings and maintenance cost savings. He will explore the results observed at the EECO2 cleanroom test facility, which includes an approximate energy reduction of 60% compared with a static system (without using the ICCS).

He will also discuss the benefits in relation to cleanroom classification with continuous particle monitoring.

The CIBSE Technical Symposium is entitled ‘Transforming Built Environments – driving change with engineering’. The event aims to reshape regulation, understanding, practice and application to enhance the lifelong benefit of engineered environments.

When: Thursday 25 – Friday 26 April 2019

Where: University of Sheffield

Andrew’s presentation (reference 178) entitled ‘Energy Efficiency in Cleanrooms’ is scheduled for session 21 on Friday April 26th.

For more information, take a look at the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 Programme.

If you are attending the symposium, feel free to ask Andrew any questions you have about cleanroom monitoring or control as he is our expert in the field.

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The May 2019 issue of Cleanroom Technology features an article from EECO2, discussing real-time optimisation, demand-based control and fail-safe retrofitting.
In the article, the benefits of having an intelligent HVAC system are evaluated. It details the Intelligent Cleanroom Control System, ‘a brainchild’ of EECO2

The piece also covers retrofitting;
“Traditionally, retrofitting an intelligent HVAC system into an existing cleanroom has been a challenge because many solutions on the market could only be implemented successfully into a brand-new cleanroom. Despite the clear benefits of newer HVAC control systems, businesses are often reluctant to upgrade due to a fear of failure. That does not need to be the case anymore.”

The article is now available online, before the May issue is released. Read the article.

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The MEMU has now been accepted onto the Energy Technology List. This is the UK version of the EEE Register for Ireland.

The Energy Technology List (ETL or Energy Technology Product List, ETPL) is managed by Carbon Trust on behalf of the UK government. It provides information on products that qualify for the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) tax scheme for businesses. The scheme allows businesses to write off the entire cost of any product included on the list against taxable profits.

See the MEMU listed here.

Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme

The ECA scheme means that a business can invest in energy-saving plant or machinery that might otherwise be too expensive.

The first year allowances let businesses set 100% of the cost of the assets against taxable profits in a single tax year. This means the company can write off the cost of the new plant or machinery against the business’s taxable profits in the financial year the purchase was made.

An ECA is claimed through a business’s income or corporation tax return in the same way as any other capital allowance. HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for the tax-related aspects of the ECA scheme.

Reference: www.gov.uk

For more information about the MEMU, ETL or the ECA scheme, email info@eeco2.com or call +44 (0) 1625 660717.

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