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95% of Aldi own-brand product packaging now recyclable

Environment - Sep 09, 2021

More than 95% of Aldi Ireland’s own-brand products now feature recyclable packaging. The news follows the Government’s announcement that PE and PP film can now be recycled in Ireland. Over the past two years, Aldi has worked with its Irish suppliers to introduce new, innovative, sustainable packaging solutions that has resulted in over 2,150 tonnes


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Hovione and University College Cork partner up on a new project that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients in wastewater

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

“Pharmaceuticals in the environment” is a joint project between Hovione Ltd and University College Cork. This project aims to develop a method that will detect active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in wastewater and ensure that the concentration of those APIs is below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit. This research is just one project aimed at


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Gas Networks Ireland celebrates sustainability report with new Leave No Trace partnership

Environment - Aug 30, 2021

In a European first, Gas Networks Ireland has marked the launch of its 2020 sustainability report by partnering with environmental group, Leave No Trace Ireland, to help restore Glengarra Wood in Co. Tipperary as part of the international “Hot Spot” programme. As part of its commitment to supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability, the national gas network operator is working


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What is biodiversity and why should businesses take action

Environment - Jul 21, 2021

Biodiversity has been central in conversations about climate change. Preserving natural habitats and saving different species from extinction has been presented as a key component of taking climate action and has a central role in major conversations about our environmental impact, such as the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change conference. But why should businesses be


Conserving wildlife on-site at Intel

Environment - Jul 20, 2021

Intel Ireland has a long history of leading on voluntary on-site biodiversity action in Ireland. Since its arrival in Kildare, the company has enhanced, restored and created biodiverse habitats in and around its campus and amplified impact beyond the limits of its site by supporting local partnerships for nature and engaging employees in its efforts


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#PlasticFreeJuly: How are businesses reducing plastic in their operations?

Environment - Jul 13, 2021

The impact of plastic on the environment has been a central focus in discussions around climate action for the past few years. Most recently, the European Union banned single-use plastic in its member states, recognising the impact of plastic pollution and the importance of reducing and eliminating plastic on the journey towards a sustainable economy.


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Going paperless: eir removes 1.3M sheets of paper from retail operations annually

Members News - Environment - Jun 29, 2021

eir, the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland, is making great strides to embed sustainable business practices in every part of the organisation. Through a range of transformation initiatives they are upgrading their legacy infrastructure to better serve communities across Ireland, buying green electricity, introducing electric company cars and providing more


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Dublin Bus celebrates World Environment Day with a new Environment Report

Members News - Environment - Strategy - Jun 28, 2021

Dublin Bus envisages a high quality, frequent and zero emission service which is fully integrated with a suite of flexible transport solutions that make door-to-door journeys for all customers easy and enjoyable. In advance of World Environment Day, (June 5th) Dublin Bus launched their environment report; Driving Change: Our Journey to Zero. This sets out


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External Perspective on the Climate Agenda and the Role of Business

Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professor John Sweeney,  Emeritus Profesor at Maynooth University offered us his insights and perspective on the climate agenda and the role businesses can play in addressing climate change. Ireland’s commitment The fight against climate change has to be a joint endeavour between nations, civil society and business. Earlier this year, the Irish government approved a


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Developing a circular approach with Veolia

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Developing a circular approach to your business will be key in driving your transition to decarbonising your operations across your supply chain. Veolia are leaders in the circular revolution and can show the impact that this has had to date and what to expect going forward. For all companies, across all sectors, business-as-usual is not


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Reducing the company’s carbon footpring with PwC

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Professional services firms can play a key role in the fight against climate change due to their global reach and potential to influence businesses in all sectors. PwC recognises this responsibility and has made significant progress towards a sustainable future for its clients and the societies within which it operates. PwC has been working on


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Overcoming the challenges of science-based targets with Aviva

Members News - Environment - Jun 21, 2021

Financial institutions are key to unlocking the system-wide change needed to lower global emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures. As providers of the capital, they have a unique influence over other actors and can play a significant role in greening our economies, the communities that we live in andour day-to-day lives.


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Decarbonising service offerings with AIB

Members News - Environment - Jun 18, 2021

The financial services sector has a significant role to play in meeting global and national climate and wider sustainability targets. As the majority of the emissions in this sector are located in their investment portfolios, companies will need to look at how they can decarbonise these portfolios and service offerings. AIB is one of the


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On the importance of stakeholder engagement with ABP

Members News - Environment - Jun 18, 2021

The agribusiness/food & drink sector has a difficult challenge ahead of them. It has a complex supply chain, with many stakeholders. The following case study focuses on the importance of stakeholder engagement for ABP Foods on the journey to their science-based targets (SBTs) set and beyond. ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading agribusiness companies employing


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Intel and National Parks and Wildlife Service launch bog restoration project to increase water storage by millions of litres

Members News - Environment - May 31, 2021

  On 20 May, 2021, Intel and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) launched a blanket bog restoration project in the Wicklow Mountains National Park (WMNP). The restoration project, taking place over the coming months, will see 60 hectares of drained bog re-wetted to increase water storage levels in part of the River Liffey


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€2m investment in Newcastle West underpins Ballygowan’s move to target 100% sustainability

Ireland’s own iconic Water Brand, Ballygowan, has moved its full range of grocery products to RPet, fully recycled and recyclable bottles. The move to new RPet bottles has been facilitated by a €2m investment in their operations at Newcastle West, the home and source of Ballygowan. The move is part of a drive for 100%


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KPMG Ireland announces net-zero commitment approved by SBTi

Members News - Environment - May 25, 2021

KPMG Ireland has announced its commitment to be a net-zero carbon organisation by 2030, as part of its continued focus on supporting sustainable growth and innovative climate solutions for Irish business. To underpin this goal, Ireland’s largest professional services firm is committing to a robust ‘science-based’ approach, in line with what the latest climate science


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Top tips for moving to science-based targets from Dawn Meats Group, AIB and Janssen

BITCI News - Environment - May 24, 2021

At the launch of our new Low Carbon Pledge in March we heard from an excellent panel of speakers who spoke about their top tips for moving to science-based targets for the creation of a low carbon economy. Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability, Dawn Meats Group, spoke about the company’s climate vision around science-based targets and


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2021 A Critical Year for Biodiversity

Environment - May 13, 2021

AUTHOR: Cillian McMahon, ‎Corporate Responsibility Adviser

At BITCI we have been working with businesses on the topic of biodiversity since 2014. Through our engagement with our member companies, we found that no matter what sector they operate in, they struggled to understand their role when it came to biodiversity and the impact they had. We saw this as an opportunity to


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ESB Announces ‘Green Atlantic’ project at Moneypoint

Members News - Environment - Apr 22, 2021

In line with the Government’s ambition of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, ESB has recently announced Green Atlantic @ Moneypoint. Under the ambitious programme, ESB’s Moneypoint site in County Clare will be transformed into a green energy hub, helping Ireland to become a leader in green energy production. Green Atlantic @ Moneypoint is a


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Webinar: The Path to COP26

Webinars - Environment - Apr 22, 2021

The Path to COP26: As many countries look to rebuild their economies in the wake of the pandemic, there has been a major emphasis on ‘building back better’ through a green recovery, and COP26 will be the first time nations come together to discuss the commitments they made in the Paris Agreement in 2015. This


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Aldi set to replace all plastic straws with recyclable paper

Members News - Environment - Apr 01, 2021

Aldi is introducing new, fully recyclable paper straws across its own-label Kids Smoothies and Orange/Apple Juice Cartons, becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to do so. The move sees more than 4.5 million single-use plastic straws removed from Aldi’s 145 stores each year. This equates to a massive saving of three tonnes of non-recyclable plastic.


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2021 the year for climate action

BITCI News - Environment - Mar 01, 2021

AUTHOR: Nick Reynolds Low Carbon Pledge Lead

We are well into 2021 and the pandemic is still very much centre stage in our lives. Most businesses across the world are well versed in working from a virtual setting and as we look forward to a post-Covid world our operations will look very different, and let’s hope for the good. Being an optimist


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Aldi becomes first Irish supermarket with own-label fresh bread in recyclable packaging

Members News - Environment - Feb 25, 2021

Aldi Ireland has introduced new, fully recyclable wax paper packaging across two of its own-label bread products, becoming the first supermarket in Ireland to do so. The switch will see 18 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic removed from stores each year. Aldi has been working with its Irish suppliers over the past few months to roll


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Tesco becomes first Irish retailer to recycle soft plastics for customers

Members News - Environment - Feb 18, 2021

Tesco Ireland announced has become the first retailer in Ireland to create a recycling solution for soft plastics. To date, soft plastics have not been recyclable through the national household recycling bin infrastructure in Ireland. Partnering with Irish manufacturing company Paltech, Tesco will now be able to recycle materials such as coloured soft plastics for the first time. Using Paltech patented


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Aldi Ireland commits to planting 1 million native Irish woodland trees by 2025

Members News - Environment - Jan 26, 2021

In January Aldi Ireland pledged to support the planting of 1 million native Irish woodland trees around Ireland over the next four years as part of its long-term commitment towards the environment. Aldi is the first retailer in Ireland to commit to this level of partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s Woodland Environment Fund (WEF),


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eir and EasyGo to replace up to 180 telephone kiosks with electric vehicle charge points

Members News - Environment - Jan 21, 2021

Ireland’s largest telecommunications company, eir, has joined forces with Ireland’s largest car charging network provider, EasyGo, to roll-out up to 180 rapid electric car chargers in towns and cities across Ireland. Carolan Lennon, CEO of eir, said: “Radical transformation is required to meet the challenge of climate change. eir is committed to playing our part


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Low Carbon Pledge Workshop #4

Environment - Dec 01, 2020

The 4th and final Low Carbon Knowledge Session of 2020. We discussed the New Low Carbon Pledge Commitment and what this means for your organisation. We also heard from our own team of Environmental experts on BITCI’s Low Carbon Perspective. Additionally, deep dived into another area which impacts a lot of your organisations and can


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Intel donates 300 insect, bird and bat boxes to local Tidy Towns associations

Members News - Environment - Dec 01, 2020

Across Intel’s 145 sites worldwide there is a network of Corporate Services employees who are responsible for everything from site selection, security, and cafeteria services to managing the Intel Air Shuttle and everyday operations. This Corporate Services (CS) group, which has thousands of employees, delivers world class factory and office infrastructure at Intel’s multiple sites


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Climate Change and the Role of Science Based Targets

BITCI News - Environment - Nov 30, 2020

AUTHOR: Nick Reynolds, CSR & Environment Adviser

‘Climate change is our generations greatest challenge to life as we know it and, in a way, our very existence.’ We have all heard a version of this statement being said over and over again, from environmental scientists and activists, politicians, to the Pope himself. Scientifically though it is proven that we are in the