Conference supports greener business practices

By Amy Lewis

Published 29/10/2016 | 00:00

Josephine Cloney (Wexford Chamber), Cllr Paddy Kavanagh (Chairman Wexford County Council), Phil Walker (Econ Certive), Tom Banville (LEO), Madeleine Quirke (Chamber CEO) and Dara Lynott (EPA) at the Greensave launch.
Josephine Cloney (Wexford Chamber), Cllr Paddy Kavanagh (Chairman Wexford County Council), Phil Walker (Econ Certive), Tom Banville (LEO), Madeleine Quirke (Chamber CEO) and Dara Lynott (EPA) at the Greensave launch.

A Greensave Business Conference aimed at showing businessowners how to save money through the use of 'greener' practices will take place in Wexford County Hall on November 23.

The event, which will be Wexford's second Greensave Conference to date, will encourage small businesses in Wexford to save money by reducing their energy, water and waste costs. It is part of the Greensave Programme - a joint initiative of Wexford County Council's Local Enterprise Office, the Environmental Protection Agency and Wexford Chamber of Commerce which is supported by Econcertive.

Speakers on the day will include Director General of the EPA Laura Burke, Programme Manager of Greenbusiness.ie James Hogan and Richard Keegan from Enterprise Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the conference last week, Director of the Office of Environmental Enforcement at the EPA Dara Lynott said:

'The Environmental Protection Agency is delighted to be associated with the Greensave Programme and the 2016 Greensave Business Conference. Streamlining and efficiency have always been considered good business practice and one of the ways to achieve efficiency is to improve environmental performance and cut your business's carbon footprint. This has obvious benefits in terms of reputation and brand as well as helping to achieve significant cost savings. The 2016 Greensave Business Conference will certainly encourage all of us to develop a leaner greener approach to doing business.'

Speaking at the announcement of the conference dates, Head of Enterprise at Wexford Local Enterprise Office Tom Banville said:

'We are delighted to once again bring together companies engaged in the provision of environmental solutions and locally based businesses seeking to save money by deploying these solutions.'

'The Greensave Business Conference 2016 will include keynote speakers from the field of environmentally friendly technologies and solutions and will also feature case studies from a number of Wexford businesses who have participated in the Greensave Programme. It is a "must attend" for all businesses owners who realise that implementing good environmental practices is a simple and effective way to cut costs and save money.'

Each year, up to ten businesses in Wexford are supported through the Greensave programme, which is delivered on a mentoring basis from a specialist in the given field. Through the programme, they receive an onsite review of current environmental performances to identify low-cost improvments; a follow-up visit to discuss the findings and an implementation plan; assistance with developing an environmental policy; telephone support and a final review to evaluate results.

The Greensave Conference will take place in County Hall on November 23.

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