Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2010


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Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2010

  1. 1. Enterprise Ireland Green Supports Declan White Environment and Green Technologies Dept.
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Why undertake environmental projects? </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Ireland supports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eco-efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GreenTech Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Envirocentre website </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why do anything now in a recession?? <ul><li>Because right now its all about reducing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Threat of tighter restrictions, carbon taxes, regulations </li></ul><ul><li>We can’t run away </li></ul><ul><li>from our environmental </li></ul><ul><li>responsibilities! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What about the cost?? <ul><li>Identifying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>improvements in your business can </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produce cost </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>savings which </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>go straight to </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>The bottom line
  5. 5. <ul><li>Helping the environment can help your </li></ul><ul><li>Business - </li></ul>A 'win/win' scenario
  6. 6. MAKE YOUR BUSINESS: <ul><li>LEANER – Improved </li></ul><ul><li>resource efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>GREENER – Help to reduce environmental </li></ul><ul><li>impacts especially greenhouse </li></ul><ul><li>gas emissions </li></ul>
  7. 7. ENTERPRISE IRELAND SUPPORTS <ul><li>Sustainability project for the meat processing sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project carried out by EGT to examine the sustainability of the beef sector in Ireland 2003-2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focussed on energy, water, resource use and waste issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed October 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference November 2009 to launch report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other sectors to follow: dairy, food etc. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. GREENTECH SUPPORT <ul><li>Environmentally Superior Products </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon Management/Reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-labels </li></ul><ul><li>Other environmental improvements eligible under the scheme </li></ul>
  9. 9. DRIVERS FOR ACTION <ul><li>Legal Drivers – EU Directives: Packaging and Packaging Waste, ELV, WEEE, RoHS </li></ul><ul><li>Market Pressures – Improved Environmental Performance through Supply Chain </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Factors – Increasing Energy and Waste Disposal Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure from ‘green’ consumer market </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer labels - Eco-labels product </li></ul><ul><li>certification </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT BENEFITS? <ul><li>Cost savings on waste disposal </li></ul><ul><li>Market Advantages – Maintaining and </li></ul><ul><li>developing existing, opening new </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Gain competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred supplier listing </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility in the marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>Meets or exceeds requirements of emission </li></ul><ul><li>licences from regulatory bodies </li></ul>
  11. 11. ENVIRONMENTALLY SUPERIOR PRODUCTS <ul><li>ESP designed to support Irish companies </li></ul><ul><li>respond to drivers and exploit the business </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities to gain competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Assess potential in existing or new </li></ul><ul><li>product range by incorporating </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-design into the process </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce environmental impact without </li></ul><ul><li>compromising product functionality, </li></ul><ul><li>quality, ability to manufacture or cost </li></ul>
  12. 12. TYPICAL ESP PROJECT <ul><li>Elements of ESP feasibility assessment: </li></ul><ul><li>Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified LCA conducted to identify and evaluate main environmental issues and options to make environmentally superior e.g. each stage of life cycle of product can be examined: </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Raw Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution/Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Consumption </li></ul><ul><li>End of Life </li></ul>‘ CRADLE TO THE GRAVE’
  14. 14. Market Research Technical Feasibility <ul><li>Target Market: home/export </li></ul><ul><li>Competitors & competing products </li></ul><ul><li>Demand & customer requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Size & value of market for product </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed product changes assessed for ability to manufacture, product specification, quality and functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative / Industry Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements of relevant legislation, industry, export market requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed changes assessed in terms of associated costs or cost benefits </li></ul>
  15. 15. ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS <ul><li>Environmental Management Systems (EMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Formal, site specific, documented system to enable companies to manage the environmental aspects of their business. ISO 14001 and EMAS verifiable schemes. Extended to cover new EMSs such as </li></ul><ul><li>BS 8555 – stepped approach and EMAS easy </li></ul>
  16. 16. ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS (CONT’D) <ul><li>Other acceptable standards: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EN 16001 (formally IS 393) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OHSAS 18001 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other standards will be reviewed over time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. ECO-LABELS <ul><li>European environmental label for certain products which informs customers that product has meet verifiable environmental standards for a product range. </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Can involve costs on testing, application to competent authority etc. NSAI in Ireland </li></ul>
  18. 18. CARBON MANAGEMENT/REDUCTION <ul><li>Setting out a carbon management strategy within the company. </li></ul><ul><li>Involves: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Devising a carbon management policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure carbon footprint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be used to account for emissions at organisation or product level. The latter generally involves Life Cycle Analysis to assess the amount of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) of which Carbon Dioxide is the most prevalent, produced by the company. Can lead to use a carbon label to display how much CO 2 was emitted in the manufacture of a product. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. CARBON MANAGEMENT/REDUCTION <ul><li>Carbon management now </li></ul><ul><li>growing rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>Larger companies active </li></ul><ul><li>as they have CSR policies </li></ul><ul><li>This will lead to future </li></ul><ul><li>supply chain pressure on </li></ul><ul><li>SMEs to take this route also </li></ul><ul><li>Various methodologies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PAS 2050 for products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISO 14064 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WRI/WBCSD protocol for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>corporate footprint </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. CARBON MANAGEMENT/REDUCTION <ul><li>Expertise required in consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>companies wishing to help SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>measure carbon footprint to </li></ul><ul><li>verifiable standard </li></ul>
  21. 21. CARBON MANAGEMENT/REDUCTION <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify emissions hotspots and make cost savings </li></ul><ul><li>Gain competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred supplier listing </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility in the marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>Supply chain pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Market advantage </li></ul>
  22. 22. OPPORTUNITIES <ul><li>Exporting to UK/EU markets </li></ul><ul><li>Greening of retail food sector – especially in the UK, Tesco, Marks & Spensers, ASDA </li></ul><ul><li>2012 London Olympics tenders </li></ul>
  23. 23. CARBON FOOTPRINT TOOLS AVAILABLE <ul><li>Enterprise Ireland Carbon </li></ul><ul><li>Footprint tool launched 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Located on www.envirocentre.ie </li></ul><ul><li>Simple, easy to use tool designed to help </li></ul><ul><li>companies assess their energy impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Measures energy use and business travel </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to lead on to more comprehensive carbon management strategies </li></ul>
  24. 24. CARBON FOOTPRINT TOOLS AVAILABLE <ul><li>Change.ie – carbon management tool for business </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched in 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive tool covering Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available free online at http://cmt.epa.ie/en/carbonmanagementtool/ </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. OTHER PROPOSALS <ul><li>Any proposal from a company involving changes which bring about a verifiable benefit to the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Will be assessed on application to ensure compliance with the scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Funding to maximum of 50% </li></ul>
  26. 26. GREENTECH SUPPORT <ul><li>Overall object of scheme is to encourage companies to examine all areas of their business to assess the potential for improvements that will not only have environmental benefits but will have a clear business benefit as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Declan White, </li></ul><ul><li>Environment and Green Technologies Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 01-7272480 </li></ul><ul><li>mailto:declan.white@enterprise-ireland.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Lowry </li></ul><ul><li>Shannon Office, Environment and Green Technologies Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 061-777045 </li></ul><ul><li>mailto:tom.lowry@enterprise-ireland.com </li></ul>
  27. 27. RESOURCE EFFICENCY <ul><li>Opportunity for companies to reduce waste, water and energy </li></ul><ul><li>Online toolkit available on www.greenbusiness.ie </li></ul><ul><li>Waste and water audit tools, information and links to SEI </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages monitoring, review and reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Can be incorporated into EMS </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Standalone website designed to provide useful environmental information </li></ul><ul><li>Set up in 2003 by Environment and Green Technologies Dept. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides downloadable guidance documents, legislation, information on Enterprise Ireland supports, events and news </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates new Carbon Footprint calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Provides bi-monthly ezine to subscribers </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>