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Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly
January 06th, 2021

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly. Often greater value can be achieved through improved management of production costs and resource used as opposed to increased sales. The circular economy eliminates the concept of waste and recognises that everything has a value.  This includes looking at waste as the underutilisation of resources. Circular supply chain:  Introduces fully...

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Lean practices and improved environmental performance

Lean practices and improved environmental performance
December 11th, 2020

The link between Lean practices and environmental performance has been well documented.  Lean practices can contribute to enhanced environmental and business performance. The most obvious benefits of Green and Lean are cost savings which are synergistically coupled with value creation opportunities. Cost savings may include energy savings, productivity savings, and savings from improved utilisation of...

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Lean is Green is Sustainable Business Growth

September 29th, 2020

Lean is Green or to be more precise Green is Lean and Sustainable. In developing a successful Lean/Green culture, understanding the different business processes and their whole of life impact is very important. How do these processes impact the business? How do business processes affect each other? What can we improve? What will the benefits...

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Water Resource €100k Cap Ex Saving

September 23rd, 2020

ECOS has been working with a manufacturing business since 2012 when we saved them €100,000 capital expenditure and €25,000 annual operational costs through optimising their use of a water resource. Through modification of a production process a waste stream was reduced by in excess of 90% , negating the need for on-site treatment. Additional savings...

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Circular Economy can contribute to reducing emissions

September 21st, 2020

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has presented a new methodological approach which can help identify and prioritise circular efforts that can contribute to reducing emissions in any sector.  For example –  reducing the use of concrete, cement and steel in the building sector can cut materials-related greenhouse gas emissions by 61% over a building’s life...

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80 Percent Funding for GreenStart and GreenPlus projects

July 10th, 2020

Up to 80 Percent funding is available to Enterprise Ireland and Industrial Development Authority clients  to fund GreenStart projects and 50 Percent funding for GreenPlus projects. GreenStart/Greenplus is not just for manufacturing companies!  Software and internationally traded services companies can avail of funding to learn about and implement environmental improvements to their business. Companies can...

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Lean and Green: Interchangeable terms to describe business improvement

March 12th, 2020

Lean and Green are terms which are interchangeable in terms of many aspects of business. Many manufacturers know the benefits of lean manufacturing: higher productivity, better quality, reduced cycle time, plus enhanced employee engagement. Lean is excellent at marshalling different groups and individuals into a high performing team focused on rooting out waste. Environmental waste...

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Lean is Green

January 20th, 2020

It can be said that lean is green.  A lean organisation understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase it. The core idea is to maximise customer value while minimising waste.   Lean means creating more value for customers with fewer resources. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer...

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Lean/Green Business Offer from IDA Ireland & Enterprise Ireland

January 17th, 2020

IDA Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is providing a Lean/Green Business Offer to their client companies which will commence with a diagnostic audit of current practice and performance including the first steps to green competitiveness.  This business offer is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean/Green business principles to increase performance and competitiveness that...

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Lean and environmental (Lean/Green) funding supports

March 28th, 2018

Lean and environmental (Lean/Green) funding supports are available from: Local Enterprise Offices for small and micro companies Udaras Na Gaeltachta for companies located in Gaeltacht regions Enterprise Ireland for indigenous companies, exporting and typically employing more than 10 employees. Also for Multi-national companies using natural resources. Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for Foreign owned companies The state...

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