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Environmental Management and Competitive Advantage

Environmental Management and Competitive Advantage

ECOS helps our clients to save costs or increase value within their business. Think of the following:  Cost of Prevention versus Cost of Failure Lean Management Principles Optimise your Products, Processes and People Environmental management as a just another business tool to make your business more efficient/effective and provide competitive advantage ECOS works with SME...

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80 Percent Funding for GreenStart projects

80 Percent Funding for GreenStart projects

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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Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

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 is Green is Sustainable Business Growth

Lean is Green is Sustainable Business Growth

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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Green for Micro

Green for Micro

The Green for Micro programme is an initiative from the Local Enterprise Offices, with support from Enterprise Ireland, and is being being rolled-out nationwide to help prepare small businesses for the low carbon, more resource efficient economy of the future. Eligible companies can avail of technical and/or advisory supports from external experts across a broad...

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Lean practices and improved environmental performance

Lean practices and improved environmental performance

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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Waste: Article 27 (By Products) or Article 28 (End of Waste)

Waste: Article 27 (By Products) or Article 28 (End of Waste)

European Communities ( Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 presents a number of options to manage waste – Article 27 (By Products) & Article 28 (end of waste). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the competent authority in Ireland for classifying by-product and end of waste: Article 27 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations, 2011, allows...

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Annual Report Season has arrived

Your Annual Environmental Report (AER) is typically due to be submitted at the end of either January, February or March of each year.  The due date will be dictated by the activity or facility to be reported and will be presented in the licence or permit issued The Annual Environmental Report (AER) is a requirement...

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End of Waste: Call to Action and State of Mind

End of Waste: Call to Action and State of Mind

End of Waste – sounds like a call to action at a rally and maybe it should be. Directive 2008/98/EC sets the basic concepts and definitions related to waste management, such as definitions of waste, recycling, recovery. It also explains When waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material (so called end-of-waste criteria)...

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Water Resource €100k Cap Ex Saving

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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