An alarming new report released by the United Nations says roughly one million species of animals and plants are on the verge of extinction, with experts predicting grave consequences for humans. Nature is declining globally, at rates unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, but it is not too late
HEINEKEN Ireland recently published its 2018 Sustainability Report which saw the brewer achieve a 58% reduction in CO2 production since 2008, far exceeding its own 20% target. This achievement underscores its 10 year commitment to be a sustainable and green brewer under its global sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better World. In 2018, as part of its sustainability plans,
You might have heard the term “Circular Economy” and wondered what it means. It’s a fairly recent term meant to encompass a number of initiatives, philosophies, and movements (Cradle to Cradle, biomimicry, blue economy, regenerative design and others) that have been ongoing from the 1970s  . It’s based on the idea that the Earth has
Everybody loves green spaces, but they’re not necessarily great for wildlife! Bees in particular are in need of a helping hand. Did you know that a Queen Bee emerging from hibernation in early Spring can get through 6,000 flowers per day? Finding food at this time of year is a major challenge for hungry pollinators:
At a past biodiversity workshop on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, we did a nature walk around an urban green space to see what simple actions businesses can take to support pollinators on their sites, in employees’ gardens, and in their local communities.
The Siemens Healthineers campus in Swords, County Dublin is located on 20+ acres of pristine land, 4km from Dublin airport and 10km from Dublin seaport. The site opened in 1966 and manufactures Atellica® IM, ADVIA® Centaur Immunoassay and ADVIA® 2120i Hematology analysers. It is a beautiful, mature location with over 400 trees and a vast
The ‘Our Seeds for Nature’ Charter was agreed at a meeting chaired by Minister Josepha Madigan in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, 20th February, which was attended by Gas Networks Ireland, along with senior leaders from 14 Government, state agency, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The Charter is a suite of commitments for nature and biodiversity
Attended by the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton TD, the 2019 Green Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 26, at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin. Congratulations to all the 2019 winners. Launched in 2008, the Green Awards has established itself as a leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation in
The National Biodiversity Conference is taking place later this month and business will have a starring role. Head of Advisory Services Bernadette Phelan will be there at Dublin Castle on Feb 20th and 21st to launch the BITCI’s new Biodiversity Handbook for Business, members Intel and Dawn Meats will be presenting their biodiversity work on
Last week, Business in the Community Ireland was delighted to take part in two government-led forums that will drive Ireland’s ambition on sustainable development. We were delighted to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Business and Human Rights Implementation Group, an initiative championed by An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD and chaired by Breege
Vodafone Ireland launches its Sustainable Business Report with focus on Diversity & Equality, Energy & Environment and Youth Skills & Jobs transformational goals Report unveiled at a special event hosted at the ‘Cool Planet Experience’ to celebrate International Day of Climate Action 2018 Key note from Senior TED fellow and author Dr Rachel Armstrong on
Last month Business in the Community Ireland participated in Natural Capital Partners’ Talanoa Dialogue.The Talanoa Dialogue is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) initiative to gather private sector and civil society views on how to accelerate progress towards net zero emissions. Natural Capital Partners hosted round-table discussions across Europe and the U.S.
Gas Networks Ireland, part of the Ervia Group, owns, builds and maintains the country’s natural gas network, connecting over 688,000 homes and businesses to safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas.
October is national reuse month. Below are some activities your company may be interested in if you are engaging in circular economy business models or even just looking for ways to reduce/redirect waste streams. In addition to the speakers and topics, these events would be attended by organisations like ReCreate and ReDiscovery Centre and other
Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and without it, we couldn’t survive. It plays a fundamental role in the provision of food, fuel, fibre, medicines, clean air and water, and physical and mental wellbeing, among many other things. However, biodiversity loss is now one of the most significant environmental threats facing the planet
Global resource management company Veolia, working through its specialist energy performance team, has been awarded the first Carbon Energy Fund Ireland, CEFI, contract for a hospital in Ireland.
HEINEKEN Ireland is harnessing the expertise of its partners and stakeholders to become a truly green brewer. Thanks to a renewed emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, the company has had a landmark year in its sustainability journey.HEINEKEN has commissioned the young up-and-coming Cork director Lochlainn McKenna to deliver its sustainability message in a fresh and
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD recently announced that College Group will invest €10m in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north Co. Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose–built plant
Veolia Ireland, experts in water, waste and energy resource management, is challenging Irish manufacturing to assess and incorporate global trends in all future planning. It comes as the company, headquartered in Glasnevin, Dublin, published its study, Imagine 2050: the future of water, waste and energy, this week. The paper was developed with academics and futurists to
Sodexo in the UK and Ireland has banned the purchase of all plastic straws and stirrers, and committed to phase out single use plastic bags and polystyrene foam items such as cups, lids and food containers by 2020. As a company that promises to improve the quality of life of people, corporate responsibility lies at
Reducing Tesco Ireland’ s carbon emissions and minimising the footprint the company creates as a business is a core strategic objective for the wider Tesco Group. Equally, creating a sustainable, energy efficient business is a key ambition for Tesco Ireland. The company has a major focus on reducing energy demand, energy intensity and carbon emissions.
The ESB depot building in Inchicore is a typical example of some ESB older building stock, which was in need of modernisation and energy saving upgrades. Heat losses through the exterior façade were addressed with high performance triple glazed windows combined with 100mm external wall insulation and 150mm roof insulation as follows: Glazing Replaced existing
As part of Dawn Meats commitment to low carbon production, they set a target of achieving fossil fuel free status at the McDonalds Plant in Carroll’s Cross. A multi-pronged approach was developed: Heat recovery from the refrigeration and cooling systems Solar and wind powered street lights A passive integrated constructed wetland to treat wastewater
Pollinating insects have declined in occurrence and diversity in the EU dramatically. A 2016 IPBES report highlighted that animal pollination plays a vital role as a regulating ecosystem service in nature. Globally, nearly 90 per cent of wild flowering plant species depend, at least in part, on the transfer of pollen by animals. For the corporate
Is consumer behaviour the key to a sustainable food future? Is Ireland taking its environmental responsibilities and commitments seriously? These, along with Brexit and CAP, were topics that were debated last week during the third Great Agri-Food Debate in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).The event, organised by Dawn Meats and McDonald’s Ireland, saw students from
HEINEKEN has recently announced its ‘Drop the C’ programme for renewable energy. With ‘Drop the C’ the company aims to grow its share of renewable thermal energy and electricity in production from the current level of 14% to 70% by 2030. HEINEKEN wants to drive a real change towards renewable energy and will therefore not
eir, Ireland’s principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications, was certified to the Business Working Responsibly Mark in 2016 . The company has a long commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices and environmental sustainability is a core focus of their CSR strategy. eir has been making significant advances in this area in recent years and through the energy and creativity
Living sustainably has become a lifestyle choice. The eco-movement has exploded within societies, and especially within popular culture; organizations, governments, and consumers are all taking steps to ‘‘green’’ their lives. The downturn in the global economy in 2008 signalled an end to the Gordon Gekko ‘‘greed is good’’ 1980s mentality, and a recognition by many
What is biodiversity? Biodiversity defines life as we know it. It is the nature around us, the food we eat and the raw materials that we use in business. Biodiversity also provides services on which we all rely on, from pollination to flood protection and climate regulation. Why does it matter to business?
We recently held our 4th and final Biodiversity Learning Network of 2017, hosted by RTE, which focused on building a Business case for Biodiversity. We heard from a number of BITCI member companies, went on a nature walk, announced the winners of the BITCI Biodiversity Photography Competition, and had a chance to meet some of the environmental NGOs at