Wednesday 24 January 2018

Green business seminar for Wexford

By David Tucker

A free morning seminar to help businesses in the South East save money and improve their environmental performance will take place at 9.30 a.m. in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Thursday, May 19.

The seminar, which is open to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, will explore and examine topics including renewable energy options for SMEs, utility management, increasing environmental awareness among employees as well as why and how to reduce a business' carbon footprint.

The seminar is organised by the Green Business programme, which is a free resource that helps businesses save money by reducing their energy and water usage.

Waterford-based company Dawn Meats is among the Irish businesses who have benefited greatly by adopting and encouraging 'green' practices among its employees. The results to date are far greater water and energy efficiencies and a reduction in the level of waste generated in the production process which has significantly cut the company's costs.

Guest speaker David Flynn, from Dawn Meats, will explain how they encourage their suppliers and local farmers to 'green' their supply chain and to guarantee traceability along the chain from 'Farm to Fork'.

Speaking ahead of the event, David O'Flynn, Group Head of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) said:

'Every year at Dawn Meats we intensify our efforts to be Europe's most sustainable meat company. The 2020 targets we have set ourselves of 40% reduction in energy, 40% reduction in water and 50% reduction in direct carbon footprint intensity by 2020 are challenges we are happy to embrace. Key to our success is engagement with employees, farmers, suppliers and customers.'

David will use among his examples, the Newford demonstration suckler beef farm in Athenry, Co Galway which Dawn Meats established last year and is operating on a commercially and environmentally sustainable basis, sharing best practice with the wider farming community. Phil Walker, of Wexford-based EcoMerit, will also present case studies of businesses that have identified and implemented low cost green practices that have increased their bottom line. All businesses are welcome to attend the morning seminar. For more information or to book a place, visit

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