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A practical guide to green products and services

A new Joint Research Centre (JRC) report provides key information for policy makers and business managers on how to assess the environmental impacts of products and services through more consistent and better quality life cycle assessments. Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) helps to assess the sustainability of supply chains, use, and end-of-life management options for goods...

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“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”

Business can save money through informed pollution prevention. Prevention is more efficient and economically viable than non-compliance with legal requirements. ECOS helps all types of businesses to cost effectively prevent pollution and comply with legal requirements. ✓         Reduce the input of materials and energy ✓         Minimize the amount of waste for treatment and disposal ✓        ...

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Limerick/Clare/Kerry Region Joins European Recycling Society

The Limerick/Clare/Kerry Region, through the Regional Waste Management office, has signed up to participate in a European wide waste recycling project. The region has become an active partner in the “Regions 4 Recycling” Interreg IVC European Project, a partnership initiative comprising 12 European Regions with the ambitious target to promote regional contributions towards a European...

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New Practical Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation.

The European Union possesses five key funding opportunities to support research and innovation: the Research Framework Programme, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund within the Cohesion policy; the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Fisheries Fund within the Rural development policy and the Common Fisheries...

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Environmental Funding for SMEs

SMEs should be aware of funding schemes that encourage Irish organisations to research and bring to market more environmentally sustainable technologies and processes. FP7 is the European Commissions 7th Framework Programme for research. It runs from 2007 – 2013 and has funds of over €50 billion allocated for research activities in this period. The main...

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H2Woe!! – Water Shortages – Water Charges

Water Shortages and Water Charges are in the news again.  In summary there is not enough water and we must pay for what we use. ECOS helps all types of businesses to address their requirements in a sustainable manner, both economically and environmentally, by providing Expert environmental knowledge Independent advice Proactive solutions For more information feel free to...

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Grey Water: Recycle Water at Home

Greywater is water which has been used for washing and can potentially be reused rather than discharged down the drain. Grey water includes water from laundry, dishwashers, baths, showers, hand washing etc, but does not include toilet waste. Kitchen sink waste water often contains traces of grease, fats, meat, fish, and oils and may not...

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Irish Water established to Reform Water Services in Ireland

Irish Water will be established as a wholly owned public water utility and will remain in public ownership. In just twenty years, it is anticipated that global demand for water will be forty percent higher than it is today so Ireland’s valuable water resources play a vital role in enhancing Ireland’s competitiveness and supporting water-dependent...

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Electricity from Wastewater and Treat the Wastewater

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have built a prototype device which they say can generate electricity from waste water and simultaneously treat the water. Reverse electrodialysis (RED) technology was developed in the Netherlands and other countries. Fresh water and seawater are placed in intermittent chambers separated by membranes, and an electrochemical charge is created. Researchers...

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