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Green Business the Irish Way 2011-08-17 - No Comments

What is GreenBusiness? is an interesting initiative which offers Irish business assistance in improving resource efficiency. The latter means, in plain language, simply stopping valuable materials from being wasted. Assistance is delivered through the provision of online site assessment and benchmarking tools, a telephone helpline and on-site support. It is publicly-funded through the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) and acts semi-independently from this programme.

What does GreenBusiness do?
Upon entering the website, the business-owner begins by choosing which resource branch they want to focus on - waste, water or energy. This helps them to access site assessment and benchmarking tools, guidance and sources of further support. Further on, a site visit is organised, after which specific recommendations to improve the particular business’ resource efficiency are provided.

Case study – Wexford Opera House
An interesting example of how the service works in practice is Wexford Opera House, a modern, recently built building opened in 2008 in Wexford, Ireland. It has two theatres with good back-of-house facilities, and administration offices including marketing and general offices. It is keen to reduce their environmental footprint. Greenbusiness has thus suggested various measures to consider, with large potential environmental and cost savings.

The site visit identified a range of recommendations with good associated potential benefits including:
•    Total cost savings of over €4,500 with many additional savings possible
•    Save 855m3 of water by fitting dual flush controls in female toilets, fitting proximity sensors to urinals and fitting spray heads and reduce flow to wash basins.
•    Save 16,000kWh per annum by adjusting external lights timer, fitting zone lighting sensors / switches and changing incandescent lamps in chorus rooms to more efficient CFLs.

Wexford Opera House has admitted to have made significant savings, and see the potential for further environmental improvements and cost savings.


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