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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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National Survey on Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Ireland

March 22nd, 2018

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) at the Nimbus Research Centre in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is undertaking a project on the role of water reuse in Ireland in the context of the circular economy.  The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. One key...

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Actions are required to address the global plastic crisis

March 07th, 2018

Ireland, Europe, US, Australia and others have for a long time been dependent on China to take the poor quality plastic that they collect and do not have the infrastructure or capacity to use themselves. As of January 2018 China has decided it does not want the low value plastics Until more recycling plants are...

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European strategy to protect against Plastic Waste

January 19th, 2018

The first-ever Europe-wide plastics strategy, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced,...

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Environmental Impact Assessment Explained

December 28th, 2017

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the measurement of the anticipated effects of a proposed project or development on the environment. The purpose of the EIA process is to ensure that: All projects that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed.  People are fully aware of the likely effects of the...

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Circular Economy Package to help European businesses

November 13th, 2017

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. The proposed actions will contribute to “closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and...

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Local Authority Waters & Communities Office

October 31st, 2017

The Local Authority Waters & Communities Office has been set up to raise public awareness and encourage local communities, public bodies and all stakeholders to work together in the management of our natural waters. The office has a staff complement of 3 regional coordinators, 3 support officers based in Clonmel and 12 Community Water Officers...

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Waste is a Resource – Gain and Retain value

October 27th, 2017

When is a waste not a waste?   Or better still why is a waste a waste?   “A waste is a resource from which value has not been optimised – products, process, people…….” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently published 2015 figures relating to the recycling and recovery of waste.  Ireland has undergone...

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Life Cycle Analysis: Explained

September 11th, 2017

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a technique used to quantify the potential environmental impacts associated with a product or service throughout its life cycle.   Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are tools which enable transparent communication to stakeholders.  LCA and EPD present comparable information about the environmental impact of of products and...

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‘Take a green step’ website is now online!

July 03rd, 2017

Take A Green Step is brought to you by the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment, supported by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Do you work in the tourism sector? Are you looking for ways to make your hotel or restaurant more eco-friendly? Then check out this new website which is full of...

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