The importance of environmental sustainability has long been reflected in the programmes RTÉ make and broadcast, and as Ireland’s national public service multi-media organisation it is just as important that it is at the heart of how they are run.
RTÉ, working with Greenstar and the EPA, later this month, will publish a new report ‘Making Ireland’s National Broadcaster among the Greenest in Europe’, which outlines savings from environmental initiatives undertaken by RTÉ in the last decade.
Environmental sustainability is an important part of RTÉ’s overall transformation. RTÉ has reduced running costs by over €104m between 2008 and 2012. The environmental related savings of €700,000 were achieved through a range of corporate initiatives, which prevented more than 3694 tonnes of waste going to landfill, and elevated recycling rates to 74% for 2012.
In this current climate of austerity, it is critical for all public service organisations to become more efficient and by becoming “lean and green”. RTÉ is demonstrating commitment and leadership in this area and highlighting how changing behaviour can result in real savings. By constantly measuring environmental performance, and improving, RTÉ is not only becoming greener, but leaner, and delivering better value for its clients, our audience.
This month sees the launch of Fuel Your School on RTÉ Radio 1, a nationwide competition in association with the Mooney programme, which will offer primary schools, in the Republic of Ireland, the chance to win a year’s free energy.
Tune in to Mooney on RTÉ Radio 1 this September to find out more.
The report ‘Making Ireland’s National Broadcaster among the Greenest in Europe’ will be published in full on RTÉ.ie www.rte.ie/about