Case Study
November 13, 2017

100th case study published on the Lean Business Ireland website

Phonovation, Ireland’s largest Automated Voice and Business SMS software provider, carried out a leanplus assignment and are the 100th case study to be published on Lean Business Ireland Web Portal The…

November 1, 2017

How Lean helps Firms mean Business and be Competitive

Working from an island, as exporters do in Ireland, forces us to be more competitive than companies in markets we sell to. Products and services that businesses develop here must…

Best Practice Visits
October 24, 2017

LEAN in EUROPE visits to Ireland

On Monday 04 and Tuesday 05 December, the EU-Japan Centre will organise its 16th Lean in Europe visit. For the first time, the activity will consist of a double-visit and…

Lean in Europe
October 17, 2017

Next lean visit in Europe to Hansa Matrix

The 15th Lean in Europe visit is going to take place in Hansa Matrix, electronics manufacturer in Riga, in Latvia on Tuesday 14 November 2017. The visit will focus on:…

October 17, 2017

EU-Japan Newsletter Issue October 2017

The Centre is pleased to present to you its latest issue of the EU-Japan Newsletter (October 2017) on the following link: In the newsletter you will find information on the…

October 13, 2017

The CIF Helping SME Contractors get Lean

Lean Construction is rising in popularity and this is due to the work of Lean Construction Ireland (LCI), the Construction Industry Council, Irish contractors and consultants and the influence of…

October 13, 2017

Mid-West Lean Network Conference: Continuous Improvement Through People

Lean in Business centres on eliminating non-value-adding operations, equipment, and resources. The success appending to introducing Lean into a business is dependent on what an organisation puts into it in…

October 6, 2017

Lean and environmental sustainability within the medtech industry

The ‘Future in Medtech Ireland’ conference was held in Croke Park on September 12th. There was strong emphasis on Lean manufacturing and its benefits, with interesting presentations from the SEAI…

November 22, 2017

Recycled tyres to protect buildings from quakes, blasts and fires

EU-funded scientists have shown that scrap tyres contain valuable materials that can be used to strengthen tunnels and make buildings earthquake, fire and blast resistant. Rubber, steel and textile fibres…

Waste Policy
November 21, 2017

A Review of Current Priorities and Emerging Issues in European Waste Policy

This report sets out to assess key current issues, and important emerging issues, in the waste policy arena in the European Commission, and in selected Member States. Eight countries were…

Clean Air Forum
November 20, 2017

Clean Air Forum feeds into Commission reflection about Clean Air policy

The First Clean Air Forum did not only see the launch of the European Clean Air Index, it also concluded with a clear message: solutions to improve air quality are…

November 17, 2017

Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey 2017

Since 1998, the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey has assessed the extent to which environmental business practices have been embedded within the corporate strategies and operations of local organisations. The…

Water Framework
November 15, 2017

Engaging communities on local waters and the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland

What do your local rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries and coastal waters mean to you? This question was asked of local communities by Community Water Officers during public consultation on the…

Climate Action
November 15, 2017

Minister Denis Naughten allocates additional €2.5 million for international Climate Action

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, has secured Cabinet approval for the allocation of €2.5 million to support international climate action. Speaking prior to his…

Mercury Pollution
November 15, 2017

Tackling mercury pollution in the EU and worldwide

Mercury is a heavy metal that is well known for being the only metal that is liquid at room temperature and normal pressure. It is also a potent neurotoxin with…

EU Trading Emissions
November 15, 2017

EU Emissions Trading System: landmark agreement between Parliament and Council delivers on EU’s commitment to turn Paris Agreement into reality

The European Parliament and Council have today reached a provisional agreement to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the period after 2020. This revision will contribute to…

Renewable Energy
November 20, 2017

Intel goes 100% renewable to power 360-acre Leixlip campus

Intel Ireland announced today that 100% of all electricity supplied to its Leixlip campus in 2016 was generated from indigenous renewable sources, making Intel one of the largest voluntary, private…

energy efficiency
November 15, 2017

EASME Energy Efficiency Data Hub

The Energy Efficiency Data Hub is a new online tool developed by the European Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). With interactive maps, key data and statistics, this application…

November 15, 2017

First Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking Stakeholder Forum

The first Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking Stakeholder Forum is fast approaching and it is a key moment for the Bio-based Industries’ future. More than 400 participants have a confirmed place,…

Energy Awards
November 13, 2017

Sustainable Energy Award winners

Waterford Institute of Technology takes home top prize at SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Entrants deliver combined energy savings of over €27 million The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) last…

Solar Panels
November 10, 2017

Recycling photovoltaic panels….sustainably

So what happens when a solar panel stops working? A new EU funded project recently developed a device called PV-MOREDE (Photovoltaic panels Mobile Recycling Device) – especially for recycling solar…

Tidal Energy
November 8, 2017

Engineers turn to the sea to reduce the environmental cost of energy production

Engineers from Trinity are turning to the sea in an attempt to reduce the environmental cost of energy production. As the global population booms we will need to solve a…

energy efficiency
November 3, 2017

New Tools to Boost Solar Energy Sector Efficiency

European researchers have developed models and tools to boost the performance, reliability and lifetime of commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. Their results, which are already being used by energy operators, were…

Gas Supply
November 2, 2017

Securing Europe’s Gas Supply: New Regulation Comes into Force

A new Regulation aimed at improving the security of gas supply in the EU has been published (October 28, 2017) and entered into force on 1 November. The new rules go further…

November 22, 2017

A guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20

The European Commission has published a guide to activities related to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20: Information and Communication Technologies. The guide aims…

November 20, 2017

European Innovation Council essential to empower breakthrough innovators, experts say

The independent High-Level Group of Innovators published today their recommendations on the European Innovation Council (EIC), indicating it should support breakthrough innovation for the benefit of all, meeting the needs…

November 20, 2017

Commission prepares to move its bioeconomy efforts up a gear

Through its 2012 Bioeconomy Strategy, Europe has made important headway towards becoming a more innovative, resource efficient society. The strategy promotes substitution of fossil based products, addresses sustainable supply of…

November 20, 2017

SwiftComply wins Startup World Cup Ireland Qualifier

The hospitality compliance platform will represent Ireland in Californian final to win $1 million funding Irish start-up SwiftComply, a hospitality compliance platform, has won the Startup World Cup Regional Qualifier,…

energy efficiency
November 15, 2017

Making ice cream storage more efficient

Did you enjoy an ice cream this summer or quench your thirst with a cold refreshment?  Chances are you reached into a plug-in beverage cooler or an ice-cream freezer without…

November 14, 2017

Commission launches new Horizon 2020 Dashboard

The European Commission has launched a new online presentation of implementation data of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. The Horizon 2020 Dashboard is user-friendly but at the…

November 13, 2017

Dairy products – without the waste

Dairy foods are a healthy part of many people’s diets. Now milk powder and mozzarella-type cheese could become healthier for the environment as well. EU-funded researchers are applying new techniques…

Innovation Solutions
November 7, 2017

Smart City Solutions to tackle illegal dumping, gully monitoring and wayfinding

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland have announced the 16 winners of the New Small Business Innovation Research Competition, which are collectively worth €200k.  Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland are serious…

November 22, 2017

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) partners with Bangor University as part of BlueFish Project

€5.5 million in EU funding will help support of aquaculture in the Irish Sea Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, has partnered with researchers in Ireland and Wales…

Water Pollution
November 8, 2017

UCD to lead €6.7m project to identify pollution black spots in Irish Sea

University College Dublin (UCD) is teaming up with Aberystwyth University as part of the Acclimatize project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020. With…

High Potential Start-Up
November 7, 2017

Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland welcomes significant Enterprise Ireland support

Marine food ingredients firm receives €750,000 state investment Having successfully completed a €4million funding round earlier this year, marine foods ingredients firm, Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) has been further boosted…

November 2, 2017

European Commission announces €1 billion Funding for more Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

The EU’s new Horizon 2020 work programme was unveiled on 27 October 2017, including an investment of €1 billion towards knowledge and innovation in agriculture, food and rural development. With…

November 1, 2017

Commission to Invest €30 billion in New Solutions for Societal Challenges and Breakthrough Innovation

The European Commission announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation…

October 23, 2017

Wild Irish Seaweed to Double its Production in West Clare with the Creation of 10 Jobs

West Clare-based family business Wild Irish Seaweed is set to double its production and increase its workforce following a €200,000 investment. The company, which was established in 2010 by Gerard…

October 20, 2017

Four Irish SMEs win EU funding

Four more Irish SMEs have just won EU grants of €50,000 each, continuing the excellent track-record of Irish universities and SMEs at winning funding from Europe’s Research Fund. Competition for…

October 20, 2017

Tipperary Communities can avail of €10 Million Community Climate Action Loan Fund

Climate change has a real impact on communities here in Ireland as well as internationally. Many community groups around the country are interested in contributing to a reduction in Ireland’s…

November 22, 2017

November edition of the EU GPP News Alert

This month’s issue opens with a factual overview of the European Commission’s latest proposals, published on 8 November, governing public procurement of clean vehicles. The proposals, once approved by co-legislators,…

Best Practice
November 15, 2017

Best practices for improving eco-friendliness in tourist accommodation

The European Commission website “Take a Green Step “ presents a set of 28 best practices covering all different aspects of greening accommodation establishments or restaurants. Best practices include: Minimising…

Origin Green
November 14, 2017

Silver Hill Foods in Monaghan is a big fan of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme

Origin Green is Ireland’s national food sustainability programme. It is a voluntary programme, led by Bord Bia, that brings together our food industry – from farmers to food producers, retailers…

November 13, 2017

No-H2O Launches On Demand App – aims to be the Uber of Carwashing

No-H2O has announced the launch of its app which allows users get their car washed or valeted anytime, anywhere. The app works in a similar way as other on demand…

Water Conservation
November 6, 2017

Celebrating Galway’s Green Leaf Designation with Galway City Council

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council, have organised water themed events over the month of November to celebrate Galway City’s designation as the European Green Leaf City…

November 1, 2017

Keeping the Green Agenda to the Fore of Business Planning

The green agenda’s prominence in business planning rose greatly in tandem with awareness of the threat imposed by global warming. The writings of George Monbiot on the issue, along with…

Waste Seminar
October 24, 2017

Free Green Business Autumn Seminars Cashel & Nenagh 25th & 26th Oct

Two free Seminars taking place in Co. Tipperary in October will explore the ways companies can reduce and eliminate waste in their business; including food waste, energy wastage and water…

Public Procurement
October 17, 2017

European Commission publishes new Circular Procurement brochure

A new brochure on Public Procurement for a Circular Economy has been published by the European Commission. The brochure provides introductory guidance and good practice on the points where public…

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