Sunday 20 October 2019

We need to go Greener Duncan Stewart tells Wexford audience

Duncan Stewart, Madeleine Quirke and Michael Kelly.
Duncan Stewart, Madeleine Quirke and Michael Kelly.

By David Tucker

'Green Business Smart Business' was the theme of Wexford's first ever Green Conference which took place at the County Hall, with environmentalist and TV personality Duncan Stewart the keynote speaker.

More than 80 delegates and exhibitors gathered in Wexford County Council to listen and to work collaboratively in order to promote cleaner and leaner green business and the message from Duncan was that we all need to do more to save the planet.

'A sharing of some of the most alarming and informative statistics should make all of us embrace green business,' said Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber.

Referring to County Hall, where the conference event took place, she said, 'The state of the art venue was ideal for an event of this scale, a sentiment which was shared both by delegates and exhibitors.'

Delegates got the opportunity to listen to leading experts across a broad spectrum of sectors and to access practical advice that could aid their company not only to become Greener but also to make substantial savings.'I would encourage all businesses to explore what resources are available to them. Resources that will inevitably result in cost savings for business,' she said. The keynote speaker at the event was TV personality and presenter of RTE's Eco-Eye Duncan Stewart whose presentation on 'How we can make our businesses energy efficient and sustainable' was welcomed by all. Duncan didn't hold back as he stated 'we are stealing from our children's future and they will not forgive us!.. Earth is our planet, our home, and it is solely down to us to save its future'. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA encouraged energy saving, saying we should 'live better by using less'. Michael Kelly of GIY was passionate in sharing ideas on how we easy it is to grow your own and eat healthily.

Some delegates accepted an invitation to test drive electric vehicles, while others engaged with exhibitors and went away with ideas which, if actioned, will make a massive difference to the cost of running their business. In his presentation John Carley, Director of Services with Wexford County Council complimented the Chamber on organising this event. He welcomed the opportunity working with the EPA, EconCertive and Wexford Chamber in organising this green conference and expressed the hope it will become an annual event.

Wexford People

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