Excellence in Environment (LIC)
Croke Park Stadium – Greener. On and off the pitch ***WINNER***
Croke Park’s “Greener. On and off the pitch” initiative shows its commitment to innovation and best practice to maintain its position as a world leader in venue sustainability. It has set high goals to maintain Croke Park as sustainable as possible. This initiative has had successful results such as; 31% reduction in electricity usage, 29% reduction in gas usage, 28% reduction in water usage and lastly 62% of the stadium’s waste is now recycled or composted.
Croke Park takes an inclusive and partnership approach in involving all key staff and stakeholder in implementing and achieving Sustainability objectives. To measure the progress of the sustainability within Croke park six monthly audits are conducted.
Dublin Airport Authority – Membership of Airports Council International Europe - Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme
The Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) airports are committed to measuring, managing and reducing their carbon footprint through independent and verifiable auditing in a voluntary industry initiative entitled Airport Carbon Accreditation managed by Airports Council International – Europe. The overall aim of Airport Carbon Accreditation is to improve airports performance in carbon and energy management and to encourage the development of management practices that support the principles of best in class carbon management. A total of 55 airports now are accredited represented by 52% of European air traffic who the Airport Carbon Accreditation has built its successes on.
The DAA believes that the membership of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme is a key component of the company’s approach to incorporating Sustainability on a day-to-day basis. DAA’s airports are committed to measuring, managing and reducing their carbon footprint through independent and verifiable audit in a voluntary industry initiative entitled Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Ecocem—Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy
Ecocem has adopted a Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy to reduce the environmental impact of their products. They are working to lower their Carbon Footprint by reducing waste, paper consumption and fuel emissions, increasing energy efficiency and using sustainable office supplies. Since 2009 Ecocem has reduced their Carbon Footprint by 46%. It has adopted policy that promotes waste minimisation and recycling amongst all staff members. A complete recycling station has been installed in the office as well as reducing paper consumption, increasing energy efficiency (switching to high efficiency light bulbs with motion sensors, installing a master switch that shuts off power to all electrical outlets ensuring no unnecessary energy use and purchasing the highest energy efficiency rating).
To reduce the emissions from transport the staff is encouraged to walk, or use public transport, as well as using Skype and WebEx instead of physical meetings to reduce business travel. This initiative has successfully impacted the targeted sector by reducing the waste of paper, electricity, carbon dioxide emissions from transport and increasing sustainability by using “green products.”
Irish Cement Limited— Solid Recovered Fuel Use
This initiative relates to substitution of a proportion of fossil fuel usage at Irish Cement Platin Works with waste-derived Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF). SRF is the clean dry blend of fragments of plastics, paper, cardboard and textiles which arise once recycling of waste material through mechanical and biological treatment has been completed. The substitution of Solid Recovered Fuels for fossil fuels provides sustainability benefits from the total recovery of energy from waste without residual ash, reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the cement process, diversion of waste from landfills and lastly development of jobs in Irish companies producing and supplying SRF.
This initiative is a core element of the ‘Investing in our Future’ business strategy launched by Irish Cement. In order to attain successful results staff from all across areas of the organization have played vital roles in operations and projects, quality & research and development, environmental and planning and human resources by training and development of employees in the most up to date techniques in order to deliver positive results.
Lagan Cement Ltd – Enabling Growth through Responsible Sustainable Development
Enabling Growth through Responsible Sustainable Development has resulted in a radical shift towards the ‘greening’ of how the manufacturing processes are carried out onsite. The continuing successes of this strategy will showcase how an industrial facility in a rural area can operate and grow in symbiosis with the surrounding environment. The strategy is geared to place Lagan Cement as the model for how sustainable manufacturing can be carried out in a rural setting and to ensure environmental protection is core to how all operations are preformed. The main drive towards ‘green energy’ is being taken in light of the increasing realisation that fossil fuels are finite, a non-indigenous resource that has to be imported into Ireland and result in a further increase the net amount of Carbon released to the atmosphere when they are burned, further adding to the climate change effect.
Positive results have been noticed from this effort; there has been resurgence in the variety of wildlife seen onsite as well as many more species of flora and fauna. The increase in fossil fuel imports has lowered the net carbon emissions per tonne of clinker produced by over 12% from 2004 to 2011. The staff was involved in the planning procedures to ensure that the best practice was adopted and the highest standards would be achieved.