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SMEs in a Green Economy

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Regional Policy Dialogue Meeting “SMEs in a Green Economy”, 09 March 2018, Paris
Session 2, "SMEs in a green Economy", James Hogan, Green Business Programme Manager
Clean Technology Centre
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland

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SMEs in a Green Economy

  1. 1. SMEs in a green Economy OECD Conference Centre, Paris March 9th , 2018. James Hogan Programme Manager
  2. 2. Me and RE (Resource Efficiency) In Ireland 1995 Commenced work CTC where waste preventio n is our e thos 1993 EPA established in Ireland to licence large industry 1992 Working in Pharmachem measuring air emissions
  3. 3. Me and RE (Resource Efficiency) In Ireland 2013 Green Business supportin g many Government bodies 2012 Origin Green: Food & drink sustainability programme-300 certif i e d businesses 2011 Green Business; CTC began management of Green Business Programme 2018 Small companies still struggling to manage util i ty c osts 2018 Irish industry now have an excellent Environmental performance, but still mo ving towards effici ency and ci r cular economy
  4. 4. Green Business Ireland 2011- 2017 • Funded by NWPP/EPA • Budget of €350,000 /annum • Focus on Energy, Waste, Water. • Working with range of sectors; Food processing, banking, public sector, small retailers • Savings identified range from €2,000 to €250,000 • Provide range of services including site visits, guidance documents, online tools, seminars and community networking. Seminars, talks Guidance, tools Site visits
  5. 5. Onsite visits 2011-2017, Green Business has visited 270 businesses and identified €10.1 million potential cost savings WATER 1.2M ENERGY 6.2M WASTE 2.7M
  6. 6. Energy Case Study Engineering Company - (200 employees) Lighting Upgrade Annual Cost Saving: €42,000 • Replaced 1,198 florescent tubes: • (58W) with LED tubes 24 W • Reduced electricity costs by €37,000/annum • ROI – 6 months
  7. 7. Energy Case Study Engineering Company (200 employees) Staff Awareness Annual Cost Saving: €25,000 • Staff introduced to “Traffic Light System” to guide operators to turn off equipment, when not required. • Annual electricity savings =€25,000 • ROI –No Cost.
  8. 8. Water Case Study Meat Processor (150 employees) Water Management Annual Cost Saving: €45,000 • 31% of water used in cleaning • Triggered hoses with water at 55 – 65 oC • Cost €3,500 per week • Reduced flow from 26 litres/min to 20 litres/min • Water cost savings €17,500 • Energy cost saving €19,500 • ROI – 2 weeks
  9. 9. Water Case Study Shopping Centre (250 employees) Water Monitoring Annual Cost Saving: €25,000 • Carried out “overnight test” • Read meter between 4am and 6am when all water users where turned off • Measured water consumption with cost equivalent of €25,000/ annum • Searched site for leak and discovered faulty ballcock • ROI-No Cost
  10. 10. Waste Case Study Sandwich Production (200 employees) Waste Prevention Annual Cost Saving €15,000 • 112.5 tonnes / annum of bread crusts sent for composting costing €7,500 for waste management • Crusts sold to a bread crumb manufacturer earning €8,000/ annum • Net benefit the company = €15,500 • ROI- No Cost
  11. 11. Guidance Materials
  12. 12. Guidance Stickers
  13. 13. Resource Efficiency Online Tool for SMEs
  14. 14. Sample RE rating
  15. 15. Based on 270 results from 2017
  16. 16. Green Business Regional Seminars
  17. 17. Assisting Communities
  18. 18. Green Business Community Network
  19. 19. Lesson Learned by Green Business • Many SMEs not monitoring utility costs and unaware of the extent of waste • Unaware of the opportunities to reduce waste at “No Cost, low cost” • Unaware of opportunities to increase bottom line and enhance image • Unaware of assistance available
  20. 20. How to encourage adoption of RE • Raise awareness on benefits of RE, starting with benchmarking and identifying potential for RE • Case studies/ simple guidance • Seminars • On-line benchmark tools • On-site visits • Recognition and award schemes (Origin Green) • Establish regional Green Business Networks • Provide attractive financial packages
  21. 21. 21 James Hogan Green Business Programme Manager Clean Technology Centre Cork Institute of Technology Melbourn Building, Bishopstown, Cork Ireland T: +353 21 4344864 E: james.hogan@greenbusiness.ie www.greenbusiness.ie Thank You
  22. 22. Reference websites http://greenbusiness.ie/ http://www.epa.ie/waste/nwpp/ https://www.origingreen.ie/ https://www.seai.ie/ http://ctc-cork.ie https://www.resourceefficient.eu/en/about

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