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Lifetime Lab receives ISO 14001 accreditation

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Pictured at the presentation of ISO 14001 accreditation are  (l-r) Mervyn Horgan, Facility Manager, Lifetime Lab, Minister Billy Kelleher TD, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. John Buttimer, Michael O'Brien, Senior Engineer, Cork City Council and Paddy Breen N.S.A.I.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. John Buttimer commended the team at Lifetime Lab for the time and effort required to achieve accreditation of such a high standard, mentioning that Lifetime Lab was a jewel in the crown of  Cork City.

“Lifetime Lab is held in high esteem by all at Cork City Council, and raising awareness in the areas of science, environment and sustainability will bring crucial long term benefits to the Cork area. The old waterworks is also a tribute to the industrial heritage of Cork with beautiful examples of Victorian architecture now preserved and more importantly opened to the public”

Speaking at the ceremony Minister Kelleher stressed the importance of Irish organisations achieving standards which could be benchmarked internationally, a further reminder to overseas companies as to why Ireland is such an attractive investment option. He added “Lifetime Lab has now added an international award to the impressive national portfolio of awards and accreditations.  “The model of Lifetime Lab is one that could be replicated across Ireland and is the showcase of best practice in areas such as design, operations and sustainability”

About the ISO 14001 Management Standard:

In 1996, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) published the international standard for Environmental Management – ISO 1400; this was revised in 2004. It is designed to be compatible with other management standards, particularly the widely used ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard. Industrial companies, service organisations, utilities and public bodies worldwide have embraced ISO 14001 as the preferred model for environmental management.

An effective environmental management system based on ISO 14001 provides an organisation with a defined structure to allow them to more confidently and effectively manage environmental issues by:

  • establishing a policy and awareness that good environmental performance is a strategic objective of the  organisation
  • focusing on the prevention of waste and pollution and on continual improvement of environmental performance
  • systematic analysis, planning, control and monitoring of all activities that may affect environmental performance
  • assisting companies to more effectively meet legislative and regulatory requirements
  • demonstrating to regulators, stakeholders and other interested third parties that a formal environmental management system is operational and effective

Further information available from Michael O’ Brien, Senior Engineer, Environment, Cork City Council – Tel: 086 2549420


Cork City Council's Lifetime Lab received ISO 14001 accreditation from the Minister for Trade and Commerce Mr. Billy Kelleher TD at a presentation ceremony held on September 25th at the facility.

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