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Basic checks and balances to save time and money

Basic checks and balances to save time and money

In our experience Water, Waste and Wastewater problems arise and costs increase where basic checks and balances have been overlooked or not acted upon. “If you don’t measure it you cannot manage it” ECOS works with our clients to ensure that avoidable problems can be avoided. The potential cost saving benefits to the client can...

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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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Waste is a Resource – Gain and Retain value

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  = €, £, $.” A circular economy can help achieve these targets, save money and reduces pressure on the environment.  However, significant barriers...

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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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Lean/Green business principles increase performance and competitiveness

Lean/Green business principles increase performance and competitiveness

IDA Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is providing a Lean/Green Business Offer to their client companies.  IDA is keen to support its client companies to develop their operations in Ireland and to introduce good environment management practices. This business offer is designed to encourage clients to adopt Lean/Green business principles to increase performance and...

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Discharge Licence: Do You need one

Discharge Licence: Do You need one

A discharge licence is required if you discharge a trade effluent from your premises to either a public sewer, surface water or groundwater. The Water Pollution Act (1977) defined a trade effluent as a wastewater, which is discharged from premises used for carrying on any trade or industry (including mining) but does not include domestic...

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Trade Effluent to Sewer Discharge Licence

Trade Effluent to Sewer Discharge Licence

In order to apply for a licence to discharge trade effluent to sewer you will need to submit an application to Irish Water. Time and time again we come across businesses which have either had difficulties because they have not obtained a licence or have ended up with an unsustainable discharge licence. The former can...

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EPA Licence: How to avoid “death by a thousand cuts”

EPA Licence:  How to avoid “death by a thousand cuts”

An EPA Licence include those issued in respect of Integrated Pollution Control (IPC), Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) or Waste facilities. When your licence is managed correctly it becomes just another part of your business.  When you are not in control the process becomes “death by a thousand cuts”. All EPA licences are issued with a variety of...

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Supply Chain: Competitive Strategy & Sustainability

Supply chain strategy is now a bridge between competitive strategy and sustainability.  Establishing the correct strategy can start with social, economic and ecological factors such as energy and waste consumption, waste, human rights, labours, carbon output, all of which directly influence: Products Customers Competitors Regulations Suppliers Employees Investors An assessment of how social, economic and ecological factors...

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Manage your EPA Licence – don’t let it manage you!!!

Manage your EPA Licence – don’t let it manage you!!!

An EPA licence is issued with a variety of conditions which detail the extent to key issues to be addressed, including: Site Infrastructure Environmental emissions control and abatement measures Inspection, monitoring, and reporting requirements Data Management and Communications Plans There is a significant body of work required to address the conditions presented in IPC, IED or Waste...

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