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  • Business

    Energy; Energy Efficiency; Energy Management; Food Waste; Waste; Waste Prevention; Water; Water Management

    Title: Greening Your Business…how much can you save?”

    Greening Your Business…how much can you save?”

    This guide outlines several case studies that demonstrate a combined saving of over €700,000 made by companies across various industries while working with the Green Business Programme.

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    Format: Case Studies 2015
  • Title: Roadmap for a Resource Efficiency Plan for Ireland

    Roadmap for a Resource Efficiency Plan for Ireland

    Industry could save €7 billion over 10 years through resource efficiency activities

    Industry could save €7 billion over 10 years through resource efficiency activities

    Improving resource efficiency and resource productivity could yield savings of €7 billion for Irish businesses, an EPA-funded research study has found.

    Launching the report Research_128_web Dr Jonathan Derham, EPA said,

    “Improving resource efficiency and resource productivity is good for the environment and good for business.  The report shows that resource efficiency can be achieved – with potential for economic benefits and job creation – through the implementation of this Roadmap, which is in line with current Government policy to promote a ‘Green Economy’.

    “The EPA knows that resource efficiency works; last year alone businesses participating in EPA funded efficiency programmes identified an estimated €14 million of savings on utility costs, whilst improving productivity and reducing their environmental footprint”

    The report, Roadmap for a National Resource Efficiency Plan for Ireland suggests that a target of just a two per cent reduction in material consumption spending per annum – achieved through resource efficient practices – would yield savings of about €928 million in the first year. Over an eight to ten year period, this could lead to a 25% improvement yielding a total saving of €7 billion.

    Dr Shane Colgan, EPA added,

    “Ireland spends approximately €46 billion on raw materials per annum. These are used in factories, offices, shops and homes across the country and provide the basis of our lifestyle. Unfortunately, Ireland has one of the highest ratios of consumption to wealth in Europe – showing that we are not getting maximum productivity from our materials. Just like we aim to be energy efficient; carefully avoiding wastage means we can become ‘resource efficient’ – spending less while maintaining our standard of living.”

    Commenting on the research, author Tadhg Coakley said,

    “A range of resource efficiency related activities are taking place in Ireland, in a wide variety of sectors, by public sector and private groups. These are driven by several Government policies and programmes, as outlined in this report, and include the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme; SEAI’s supports for energy efficiency and Origin Green, which promotes resource efficiency in the food sector etc . In many cases, for relatively modest investments, they are achieving significant cost savings in parallel with environmental benefits. However, Ireland can and should be doing more.”

    The main finding of this independent research is that Ireland currently needs a fully integrated and comprehensive National Resource Efficiency Plan. This would involve:

    Full cross-Government commitment;
    Ministerial leadership;
    A dedicated Resource Efficiency Team;
    Sufficient resources to meet the recommended targets;
    Full implementation of the detailed activities advocated in this study. These recommendations include the following areas: Resource Efficient Production, Recycling Economy, Research, Green Public Procurement, Life Cycling Thinking, Awareness Raising.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Finance; Green Economy

    Title: List of Funding Options

    List of Funding Options

    List of funding options from the Financing & Funding Opportunities for Greening your Business Conference 2015.
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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Agriculture

    Resource Efficiency; Waste Prevention

    Title: National Waste Prevention Programme Annual Report 2014

    National Waste Prevention Programme Annual Report 2014

    National Waste Prevention Programme Annual Report 2014.

    Waste Prevention is a critical part of resource efficiency and addresses not just ‘waste’ but wastage of
    resources in the broadest terms. Reducing inefficient or inappropriate use of raw materials and
    resources clearly offers a more sustainable path to prosperity and reduces environmental impact.
    Prevention of waste is at the pinnacle of the waste hierarchy and may be achieved through reducing the
    overall demand for goods and services and/or by imposing production efficiency through using less (or at
    least less harmful) materials throughout the life-cycle of a product or service.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Offices

    Energy Efficiency

    Title: Office Based Companies: Maximising energy savings in an office environment

    Office Based Companies: Maximising energy savings in an office environment

    This guide gives an overview of energy saving measures for office based companies, highlighting the main areas of opportunity.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Education

    Energy Efficiency; Resource Efficiency; Waste Prevention; Water Management

    Title: Resource Efficiency Guide for Schools

    Resource Efficiency Guide for Schools

    This guide provides information about improving resource efficiency in schools regarding water, energy & waste management. It also includes case studies of resource efficiency projects in schools in Scotland.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Business

    Environmental Performance; Resource Efficiency

    Title: Hints and Tips for Improving Resource Efficiency in Your Business

    Hints and Tips for Improving Resource Efficiency in Your Business

    Factsheet containing a series of tips aiming to help identify ways to improve business environmental performance and resource efficiency.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Hospitality

    Water Management

    Title: Water Factsheet

    Water Factsheet

    Factsheet containing a series of tips on reducing water consumption in different accommodation areas.

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    Format: Guide 2015
  • Construction

    Eco Design

    Title: Zero carbon homes – an introductory guide for housebuilders

    Zero carbon homes – an introductory guide for housebuilders

    Provides guidance on the design and construction of sustainable, low and zero carbon buildings in the UK.

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    Format: Guide 2015