“The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention. In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.”

Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, was speaking at the release of the report, Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland: Annual Report for 2017. Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme supports homeowners, businesses and other sectors to prevent waste and use resources more efficiently.

Dr Cotter said,

“By being clever about what we make and being careful about how we use the goods and services in our lives, we can save raw materials and reduce waste while maintaining a good lifestyle.

“In 2017, the EPA supported reuse activities through the Community Reuse Network of Ireland, including piloting a reuse quality mark, ReMark, which aims to strengthen consumer confidence in reused goods.”

The EPA provides leadership across a range of activities by identifying innovative practices and supports. To give two examples, the Stop Food Waste programme supported 300 households in 2017 to reduce food waste as part of its Stop Food Waste Challenges while the Smart Farming programme delivered average cost savings of €5,000 for 38 farmers. This was achieved through improvements in on-farm efficiency that also resulted in reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5-7 per cent.

Dr Shane Colgan, EPA Senior Manager said,

“The European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan and revised waste legislation will require Ireland to change consumption and production practices. The work of the National Waste Prevention Programme plays a key role in building Ireland’s response in this area by providing leadership in innovative ways to keep the added value in products for as long as possible and eliminate wastage.”

The National Waste Prevention Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative.

The report can be found on the EPA Website.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency