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IRISH businesses have slashed their energy costs by 25pc by adopting a management standard.

Dublin-based Certification Europe said that the new energy management standard EN 16001 provides a set of requirements to aid best practice in energy management.

Commercial director John Ryan said: "EN 16001 not only helps cut energy costs but it also helps to improve operational efficiencies, corporate image and credibility," he said.

"This standard is vital for any company who wants to minimise their impact on the environment and reduce their carbon footprint."