Green Business has partnered with the following organisations and initiatives to promote resource efficiency in Ireland.
Green Hospitality Programme
The Green Hospitality Programme is an environmental certification programme for the hospitality sector. It is a voluntary programme which encourages members to improve their environmental performance by reducing energy consumption, minimise waste production and conserve water. It allows visitors to choose “Greener” hospitality businesses where defined criteria are being implemented and monitored.
Local Authority Prevention Network is an initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency led National Waste Prevention Programme, working with Irish local authorities to deliver resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives at a local and grassroots level. Participating local authorities are implementing resource efficiency programmes and activities across a wide range of sectors and topics, and interacting with many different stakeholders within their regions.
The GreenHealthcare Programme is an initiative of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Waste Prevention Programme. The programme aims to improve resource efficiency and help prevent and reduce waste and emissions from healthcare facilities in Ireland.
BIM – Bord Iascaigh Mhara
The BIM Green Seafood Business programme aims at assisting Irish seafood processors in reducing their environmental impacts and more importantly, saving them money. The programme offers a holistic and sectoral approach to Cleaner Production with the objective of delivering substantive resource efficiency improvements and cost savings, through reductions in water and energy consumption and waste prevention.
The Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP) is a grant aid programme being implemented by the EPA to encourage companies in Ireland, particularly SMEs, to adopt a high standard of environmental performance by adapting or improving business practices in order to minimise negative impact on the environment. The programme seeks to promote environmentally friendly production through the application of environmental management, increased resource productivity, waste reduction, reuse/recycling of materials, up-cycling (i.e. adding value to a recycled product), energy management and a change of culture within organisations.
Smile Resource Exchange
SMILE Resource Exchange is a free service for businesses that encourages the exchanging of resources between its members in order to save money, reduce waste going to landfill and to develop new business opportunities. Potential exchanges are identified through networking events and an online exchange facility.
Repak is an industry funded organization whose aim it is to facilitate and grow packaging recycling. Repak’s “Prevent and Save” programme is dedicated to optimising to all packaging placed onto the Irish market. It aims to highlight methods which have a proven record of reducing the amount of unnecessary packaging on the market and to introduce new ideas to compliment these actions. One of the tools free-to-members is ‘Packaging Optimisation’ surveys where a packaging expert conducts a site visit and then makes recommendations in a follow-up confidential report.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland was established as Ireland’s national energy authority under the Sustainable Energy Act 2002. SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. To fulfils this mission SEAI aims to provide well-timed and informed advice to Government, and deliver a range of programmes efficiently and effectively, while engaging and motivating a wide range of stakeholders and showing continuing flexibility and innovation in all activities. SEAI’s actions will help advance Ireland to the vanguard of the global green technology movement, so that Ireland is recognised as a pioneer in the move to decarbonised energy systems.
Origin Green is an ongoing voluntary sustainability development programme that will demonstrate the commitment of Irish food and drink manufacturers to operating sustainably. In 2011, Bord Bia introduced carbon footprint monitoring for all Bord
Bia Quality Assured Beef farms. To date, this is the only such programme in the world that operates on a national basis and that commits to actively measuring and reducing the carbon footprint of each producer. Similar programmes are now in active development across the entire range of primary production sectors. Measurement and performance criteria will also be introduced around water and biodiversity, with all the programmes collectively forming a platform for Origin Green.
As part of helping clients achieve improved export growth, the Enterprise Ireland Environment and Green Technology team helps companies to incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of the business. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services.