Bord Bia launches resource efficiency webinar series for Origin Green members

Martin Hofler, sustainability development manager at Bord Bia, says the programme's aim is to support members to "manage valuable natural resources more effectively"

Three-part series will cover resource efficiency measures in water, waste and energy 

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Bord Bia has announced a Resource Efficiency webinar series for Origin Green members, aimed at supporting companies to manage natural resources more sustainably and reduce inflationary cost pressures. Origin Green is Ireland’s national food and drink sustainability programme that requires members to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.

The Resource Efficiency series will take place in November and December, commencing with a session on Thursday, 24 November on Resource Use and Waste in partnership with Circuleire; the first cross-sectoral industry-led innovation network dedicated to accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy in Ireland.

Origin Green will then partner with Irish Water to present a webinar on Water and Wastewater on Thursday, 1 December, and with Enterprise Ireland for a session on Energy and Emissions on Thursday, 15 December. To register visit: www.Bordbia/events.ie.

Each session will provide companies with detailed guidance on how to improve their resource efficiency, which in addition to contributing to sustainability performance will support Origin Green members to tackle inflationary cost pressures. Rob Duncan, Manager of Energy and Environment Services at Mabbett, the programme’s third-party verification partner, will provide guidance on potential improvements, and detail some of the “quick-wins” companies can implement to manage resources more effectively and sustainably. The sessions will also include guest speakers from partner organisations including Enterprise Ireland, Irish Water, and Circuleire on their funding supports and training resources.

“A previous report* found that almost half (48%) of respondents reported cost savings a result of Origin Green membership, while 22% noted revenue generation as a result of Origin Green membership,” said Martin Hofler, sustainability development manager at Bord Bia,

“The aim of this webinar series is to support members to manage valuable natural resources more effectively, leading to reductions in their environmental impact and tackling inflationary cost pressures,” Hoffler added.

“The efficient management of crucial resources like water and energy is a core part of being a sustainable business, and also has a positive economic impact in the form of cost savings,” said Rob Duncan, manager of Energy and Environment Services at Mabbett.

“Simple measures such as optimising boilers and heating settings, automating controls for equipment shut-downs, fixing compressed air leaks, and improving water efficiency in cleaning processes can yield significant results for business in these cost conscious times. This Origin Green webinar series will provide food and drink companies with practical, effective advice on improving their resource management and impact.”

*(Source: Capturing the Commercial Impact of Sustainability Report 2021)

 

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