Allan Morgans, Knauf Insulation European Energy Manager, is among just six people to reach the final of the Energy Manager of the Year category at the UK Energy Manager Awards 2011.
The closely fought award recognises the achievements of energy managers who have used a range of methods to lower energy consumption in the workplace and educate staff to engage in these practices.
As European Energy Manger, Allan played a lead role in helping Knauf Insulation become the bearer of the Carbon Trust Standard, after taking action to measure, manage and reduce its carbon emissions by more than 1,600 tonnes over the past three years. Knauf Insulation estimates that since 2000, the glass mineral wool sites have slashed their carbon intensity by 40 per cent, while the rock mineral wool site has seen a 26.8 per cent reduction in carbon intensity below the base line period of 1999.
Some of the energy saving measures include energy action planning, staff energy efficiency awareness training, installation of smart metering to automatically monitor half hourly energy use, process plant improvements on emission control systems, variable speed drives on air compressors, fans and pumps and intelligent lighting systems.
Allan said: “Cutting carbon is a priority for us as a business and is another step forward in our drive for a sustainable future. By developing energy efficiency action plans we were able to identify further areas for improvement – bringing tangible and significant savings across our operations.”
The calibre of entries to the UK Energy Manager Awards 2011 is extremely high, so reaching the final shortlist is in itself a fantastic achievement. Sadly however, Allan was pipped to the post by Paul Moran, Estates and Facilities Manager at Harper Adams University College.