Environment Awareness & Education

10th Anniversary of the Prestigious EnviroCom Awards

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Monday, November 14, 2016
dlr County
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The 10th anniversary of the EnviroCom Awards was held at the beautiful Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire last Thursday, November 10th. Hosted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber in association with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, this prestigious ceremony welcomed approx. 130 attendees from across the business community of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. 

Dignitaries included Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell - O’ Connor, TD, An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Cormac Devlin, and DLR Chamber President Mr. Pat Neill. 

There were eleven winners overall with two victors of the Environmental Innovation award, St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan in the more than 50 employees category and Viva Green, Deansgrange who manufacture the world’s 1st chemical-free moss control product, in the less than 50 employees category.

Opening the awards Minister Mitchell - O’ Connor said “It’s great to be back again this year to celebrate your successes. These awards recognise the environmental challenges we face in Ireland, the EU and globally. I want to thank and congratulate all the companies and organisations who took part in these awards. I wish you continued success in achieving even better environmental performance in the years to come.”

DLR Chamber President Pat Neill said “We would like to thank all of our entrants, finalists past winners and sponsors, without whose support this significant event could not happen” 

Continuing Mr Neill said, “The original idea of creating the EnviroCom awards was about encouraging the business community of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to become more sustainable by adopting better environmental practices. It is a philosophy that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber and County Council have worked towards throughout the county over the past decade

The category sponsors for the EnviroCom Awards 2016 were:

-        Repak Limited

-        The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

-        Amgen

-        The Environmental Protection Agency

-        The Local Enterprise Office


The winners on the evening were:

Best Example of Waste Prevention

·         Rasam Restaurant has delighted its customers with award-winning Indian cuisine for the past decade. The also pride themselves on increasing their recycling rate by a staggering 73% in just 20 months which now stands at 100%.  Through their collaboration with the City Bin Company, they have transformed their waste management practices into a ‘zero waste to landfill’.   

Best Example of Water Conservation

·         Cherrywood Business Park currently stands at 52,000 square meters of completed commercial space, with the potential to grow that threefold in the coming years. Through an in-depth review of its operations in 2015, it identified two water leaks which were promptly repaired reducing water consumption by almost 43%, saving €37,000 annually in water costs.  

Best Example of Energy Management – Built Environment

·         AIB Bank Sandyford employs 150 people and was one of the first locations in Ireland to become jointly certified to the 2015 Energy and Environmental standards. The branch achieved an energy saving of over 127 thousand, KiloWatts per hour without any compromise to heat & lighting within the building for employees.

Best Example of Energy Management – Awareness, Practices, and Behaviours – (Joint Winner)

·         The Irish Management Institute is a 13-acre facility with meeting rooms for up to 120 people, conference centre and a residence with 50. In 2012 they undertook an extensive environmental upgrade which has resulted in reducing their energy consumption by approx. 94% despite participant numbers increasing by 50% alongside a staff increase of 9%.  

·         They also upgraded the boilers and cooling systems, insulated LED’ lights and held mandatory staff training in energy conservation

Best Example of Energy Management – Awareness, Practices, and Behaviours. (Joint Winner)

·         The 4-star Beacon Hotel is EcoMerit Certified. Last year it focused on reducing its environmental impact by training staff in energy saving techniques. It also monitored energy saving behaviors. This resulted in reducing their energy costs by 17% while room occupancy grew by 6% 

Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental with less than 50 employees

·         For over 25 years FDT Consulting Engineers, has developed manufacturing processes that save energy and recover useful by-products from industrial waste.  FDT have worked with industries as diverse as brewing, pharmaceutical, wastewater treatment, plastics, steel and agricultural.  They have been a passionate advocate for the principles of Energy Efficient Design and have implemented it across a range of projects in Ireland and internationally. 

·         In fact, with their team of over thirty engineers and scientists, they were involved in developing the Irish Energy Efficient Design Management Standard.

Best Example of Engaging Communities in Environmental with more than 50 employees

·         Aldi Ireland has over 120 locations nationwide.  In 2014 the company partnered with FoodCloud, to distribute surplus food that is approaching its ‘best by date’.  At the time of submitting their entry, Aldi had made almost 7,000 donations of unsold food. This led to creating 280,000 thousand meals for people in need. This saved many local charities over €380,000. Their donations also led to diverting a 150 tons of food waste from landfill and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 400 tons.

Best Example of Environmental Performance

·         Cualanor is part of a mixed-use development on the former site of the Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.  Cosgrave Developments made environmental sustainability a priority in this project by preserving the existing trees, providing a park and adopting passive house principles. All the apartment complexes have a district heating system which eliminates the need for hot water cylinders.   The provision of dedicated parking for car sharing and electric vehicle charge points are an indication of Cosgrave’s commitment to creating sustainable communities.

Micro-Enterprise Award

·         Dalkey Garden School is run by ‘Bloom’ award winner Annmarie Bowring.  The school offers sustainable gardening courses.  Teaching about beneficial insects, organic pest control, plant feeding, soil health, composting, recycling and water conservation.

·         The school shows students that it’s what we do for the environment that counts and how we garden matters - which epitomises the school’s philosophy of leaving behind not footprints but handprints.

Environmental Innovation companies with less than 50 employees

·         Moss Off, by Viva Green, is the world’s 1st chemical-free moss control product.  Manufactured in Finglas and sold online or via distributors in the UK and Ireland it is just one such product manufactured over the last seventeen years by this unique microenterprise based in Deansgrange.

·         It has been assessed and declared by the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate and Ireland’s Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (Pesticide Control Division) as “outside the scope of the plant protection regulations” making it completely safe to use. 

Environmental Innovation companies with more than 50 employees

·         St John of God has invested over €1 million in the last two years for an energy upgrade which included the installation of 250 double glazed insulated windows, LED lighting, 14 high-efficiency boilers, a new heating system, backup generator and Building Management System.

·         The project received support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and was completed through an energy performance contract which guarantees energy savings to the client and also has a shared savings element to incentivise the energy services company who carried out the retrofit.