Shingo Prize
February 21, 2018

Shingo Prize Winners in Ireland

The Shingo Prize is the world’s highest standard for operational excellence. The Shingo Prize is based on a complete assessment of an organization’s culture and how well it drives world-class…

Lean for Micro
February 20, 2018

Local Enterprise Office Cavan offering a “Lean for Micro” support scheme for businesses in 2018.

LEAN is about being effective and efficient – doing things quicker, better, cheaper. LEAN strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve. LEAN tools and techniques are helping companies…

February 13, 2018

Dairy Farmers Aiming For Leading Edge in Professionalism

Our article appeared in the Irish Examiner on January 29th, 2018. The article highlights the results from our “How Lean is your Farm?” survey.  Three in four dairy farmers have improved…

February 12, 2018

Dairygold launches Leanfarm

Dairygold is leading the way by becoming the first dairy Co-Operative in Ireland to extend the training and benefits of lean manufacturing principles on a widespread basis beyond the factory…

Lean Construction
February 7, 2018

Sisk leading the way with implementation of Lean Construction

John Sisk & Son Ltd is an innovative, international engineering and construction company, employing 1,200 people across its operations in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Sisk have been on the…

Mid-West LEAN Network
February 6, 2018

Mid- West Lean Network Workshop – How to Start the Lean Journey

The Mid-West Lean Network is now well established. It was set up to enable companies within the Mid-West region to learn about Lean, share best practice, improve their Lean undertakings…

WCM Training
February 5, 2018

5-day WCM mission to Japan funded by the European Commission Call for applications

I am pleased to inform you that the EU-Japan Centre is currently calling for applications for the next WCM training missions in Japan. Discover the Japanese approach towards World-Class Manufacturing…

Case Studies
January 29, 2018

Lean Business Ireland Case Studies 2018 Published

4 new Lean Case Studies have been added to Lean Business Ireland portal in our Case Studies Section. LEAN Case Studies represents best practice studies from different industries and challenges…

February 21, 2018

Research News: Update from the WaterSPOUTT project

G. Honor Fagan, of the Department of Sociology, has led the social science team of the WaterSPOUTT programme to completion of a base-line survey of 2,265 households on the social,…

February 20, 2018

Irish Groundwater newsletter?

Issue 56 contains articles on: Use of oil exploration data for the assessment of deep groundwater resources in coastal Tanzania A hidden crisis: functionality of hand pumped boreholes Is your…

February 20, 2018

Geological Survey welcomes inclusion of Geoscience sector in Project Ireland 2040

Geological Survey welcomes the inclusion of the Geoscience sector in Project Ireland 2040. It welcomes the recognition that the Geoscience sector will play a key role in providing both knowledge…

February 19, 2018

Study Finds 73% of Deep Water Fish Ingested Microplastics from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

NUI Galway study on microplastics ingested by deep water fish in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean reports one of the highest frequencies of microplastic in fish worldwide A study carried out…

February 19, 2018

Ministers Creed and Murphy confirm securing of a Nitrates ‘Derogation’

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., today announced that Ireland has been formally…

Circular Economy
February 16, 2018

New EU GPP Criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings

The Commission has just published new voluntary EU GPP criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings. They cover both the purchase of products and of works in this area. The…

February 16, 2018

Textile treatments stop microplastics released in the wash

The LIFE MERMAIDS project has found a natural polymer that fixes synthetic fibres in place, reducing by up to 80% the number of microplastics released when washing clothes. According to…

February 16, 2018

February GPP News Alert

This issue opens with an insight into the recently launched EU Plastics Strategy and the ways that green procurement can play a role in helping reach the EU’s various targets –…

Energy Event
February 20, 2018

Energy Show in Castleblayney 22nd February

The Energy Show event organised by Castleblayney Sustainable Energy Group will take place in the Íontas Centre on 22nd February from 5pm to 9pm. The Energy show is free of…

Wave Energy
February 2, 2018

Irish wave energy technology company Ocean Energy makes a splash in the US with US Navy Partnership

Irish wave energy technology company, Ocean Energy, today announced that its pioneering wave energy convertor, the ‘OE Buoy’, will be built in the United States by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor,…

Energy Show
February 1, 2018

SEAI Energy Show 2018

Ireland’s leading business energy event returns in 2018. The SEAI Energy Show is essential if you work in, or have an interest in, sustainable energy. 18th and 19th April, RDS,…

January 30, 2018

European Parliament votes to limit crop-based biofuels

The European Parliament has voted on its first reading of the revised Renewable Energy Directive, choosing to limit the use of crop-based biofuels and boost advanced biofuels. The draft legislation…

January 23, 2018

Record investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy in 2017

In 2017 we managed the highest ever sustainable energy investment of €105 million, allocated by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). We published our annual results for…

January 22, 2018

Three counties create ‘energy-efficient zone’ to attract jobs

Three counties have come together to create a low-carbon, energy-efficient zone which they say will attract jobs. Partners from across Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford involved in the newly-established 3 Counties…

energy efficiency
January 19, 2018

Representatives from across Public Sector Gather to Progress Energy Saving Strategies

This is the second national conference focussed specifically on driving the public sector towards the Government’s energy efficiency target of 33% by 2020. The most recent annual report on the…

Waste Management
January 10, 2018

Moving Beyond the Perception of Waste as a Problem to Waste as a Resource

Historically, waste has been viewed as an unwanted burden and a problem to be overcome with as little resource dedication as possible. In this context, waste management strategies have traditionally…

February 20, 2018

Bloomberg sees Ireland’s innovation ranking rise again

Ireland has moved up three places in the Bloomberg Innovation Index 2018, a list of the world’s most innovative countries. Ireland ranked in 13th place overall, with more than 200…

February 19, 2018

DIT Hothouse launch Open Labs – a cutting-edge R&D facility for SMEs

Open Labs by DIT Hothouse aims to remove the barriers facing SMEs and startups in participating in early-stage research and innovation by providing access to over 600 DIT researchers and…

February 19, 2018

Minister Creed Announces Selection of 19 Projects for the Next Phase of the European Innovation Partnerships Initiative

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., announced the results of the second Open Call competitive process to select proposals to proceed to Round 2 of…

February 15, 2018

R-Innovate offers innovative solution for Rural Enterprise

Carlow County Council & the Institute of Technology Carlow with support from Bank of Ireland, County Carlow Chamber, Carlow County Development Partnership, Carlow Tourism & Carlow Local Development Committee, recently…

February 5, 2018

Start-up and SME Booster Call 2018

For start-ups and SMEs that want to test business ideas, would like to meet key players in the raw materials sector, are looking for financial and/or non-financial support EIT RawMaterials…

January 29, 2018

EU financing for breakthrough innovation should adapt to the needs of the innovator, experts say

The independent High-Level Group of Innovators advising the European Commission has published its recommendations on how a European Innovation Council (EIC) should fund and nurture breakthrough innovation from start-up to…

January 22, 2018

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin – No. (28) January to March 2018

We are pleased to inform you that Issue 28 of the European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin has been published and is now available online. This Bulletin issue is largely dedicated to…

SME Instrument
January 22, 2018

Annotated proposal template SME Instrument Phase 1 and Phase 2

The ‘Annotated proposal template SME Instrument ‘ is a guide created in order to assist innovative companies in applying to the EIC SME Instrument 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020. Its aim is to…

February 16, 2018

More money for nature and biodiversity

The EU has increased LIFE funding dedicated to nature conservation and biodiversity by 10%. New EU rules adopted on 16 November 2017 specify that at least 60.5% of the budget…

Fishery Networks
February 12, 2018

Minister announces €27.9m in funding for Capital projects at Irelands six Fishery Harbour Centres and Publically owned Harbour Network

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, approves a €27.9m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbour network. In announcing…

February 9, 2018

Calling all Micro, SME or MNCs based in the Mid-West region to avail of funding supports available to them

Information session on funding supports available to Micro, SME or MNCs based in the Mid-West region taking place on February 21. Nine Skillnet learning networks based in the mid-west region…

Environment Funding
February 7, 2018

AFBI Secures £11 million Funding to Enhance the Natural Environment of Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland

Research scientists from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) are playing a key role in researching & developing new methods of managing the natural environment across Northern Ireland, the border…

February 1, 2018

Agricultural tech programme Yield Lab Europe open for applications

Early-stage companies will be awarded €100,000 each to develop ag-tech ideas. Agricultural technology accelerator programme Yield Lab Europe has opened for 2018 applications. The programme, which supported four companies last…

Environmental Research
January 25, 2018

Research to help us deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future – EPA announces environmental research awards

The EPA awarded €11.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. Announcing the awards today, Ms Laura Burke, Director General EPA, said, “The EPA is pleased to announce these awards…

Geothermal Energy
January 25, 2018

Geoscience Ireland: successful EU COSME application for Geothermal Study

Geoscience Ireland (GI) is delighted to announce the commencement of the ‘Geo-Energy for the 21st Century’  (GEO-ENERGY EUROPE) project. This collaborative project is funded by the European Commission’s Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small…

January 16, 2018

Public Consultation on the Establishment of the EU Innovation Fund

Innovative low-carbon technologies are vital for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a healthy environment for the next generations. However, promising technologies often fail to reach the market due to…

December 20, 2017

WEEE Ireland among 27 Companies recognised for Achieving Certification to World-Class Business Standards

27 organisations from 16 different counties were honoured this month at a special certificate presentation ceremony, which was held in the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) offices in Dublin….

Green University
December 19, 2017

DCU rises to 15th in global green university rankings

University divests from direct holdings in fossil fuels Dublin City University has been ranked 15th in the world in the latest green university league tables. The Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric…

December 19, 2017

Research 235: Current Status and Potential Role of Eco-labels in Informing Environmentally Friendly Purchases and Behaviours

Eco-labels are a widely used means of providing consumers with information regarding the environmental and energy impacts associated with various products and services. Given the opportunity that such labels represent,…

December 19, 2017

GPP News Alert December 2017

Our December issue opens with the Green Deals initiative on Circular Procurement, which was recently launched in Flanders (Belgium). 101 procurers are already on board to test out new approaches…

EMAS Case Study
December 8, 2017


An example of the accessibility and potential of EMAS for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) The EMAS Helpdesk recently published a case study using the example of the company La…

EMAS Survey
December 8, 2017

EMAS Best Practices go a step further

Help shape how we develop and share guidance on improving environmental performance by filling in a 5-minute survey Since 2011, the European Commission has been developing guidance on Best Practices…

November 24, 2017

Launch of Sustainable Egg Assurance Scheme

November 1st, 2017 saw the egg producer & packer audits commence as part of the new Sustainable Egg Assurance Scheme (SEAS). The ISO 17065 accredited scheme is a revision of…

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,…

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