Bausch + Lomb has commissioned a new combined heat and power (CHP) generating plant which will supply its Waterford manufacturing plant with 60 per cent of its electricity needs and 80 per cent of its thermal energy requirements.
Mayor of Waterford, Cllr John Cummins, officially switched on the CHP plant on 29 June, which has sufficient capacity to supply 9,000 homes with electricity in an opening ceremony at the contact lens and eye healthcare manufacturing facility, which employs 1,100 people on Waterford Industrial Estate.
The plant, run on grid-connected natural gas, will save 6,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, and is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland. The investment is supported by the Irish Government’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA).
Angelo Conti, Bausch + Lomb vice president, manufacturing, said: “I am delighted to be here today at the official opening by the Mayor of Waterford of the combined heat and power plant which confirms the company’s commitment to continue to invest in our Waterford facility. Some years ago, Bausch + Lomb developed and launched a plan to identify and improve its environmental and social impacts. This included adopting a broad sustainability policy for the business, centred on understanding not only the needs of our patients and customers, but also environmental, employee and community needs.
“This approach has resulted in a substantial reduction in our environmental impact and significant energy cost savings. Bausch + Lomb Waterford has taken the ethos of this plan to heart and has dramatically demonstrated what is possible in terms of reducing the impact of manufacturing on the environment,” said Angelo Conti.