Bord Bia has announced a 'Resource Efficiency' webinar series for Origin Green members, aimed at supporting companies to manage natural resources more sustainably and reduce inflationary cost pressures.
Origin Green is Ireland’s national food and drink sustainability programme that requires members to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.
The Origin Green webinar series will provide food and drink companies with practical, effective advice on improving their resource management and impact.
Speaking about the announcement, Martin Hofler, sustainability development manager, Bord Bia, said, “The aim of the Origin Green programme is to enable the Irish food and drink industry to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets that respect the environment and serve local communities more effectively.
"At a time when inflationary pressures and increased input costs are significantly impacting businesses, Origin Green can also return positive results for members in the areas of revenue generation and cost savings as well as achieving meaningful sustainability goals."
Resource Efficiency Series Sessions
The Resource Efficiency series will take place in November and December, commencing with a session on Thursday 24 November on 'Resource Use and Waste' in partnership with Circuléire; the first cross-sectoral industry-led innovation network dedicated to accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy in Ireland.
Origin Green will partner with Irish Water to present a webinar on Water and Wastewater on Thursday 1 December, and with Enterprise Ireland for a session on Energy and Emissions on Thursday 15 December.
Each session will provide companies with detailed guidance on how to improve their resource efficiency, which in addition to contributing to sustainability performance will support Origin Green members to tackle inflationary cost pressures.
Rob Duncan, manager of Energy and Environment Services at Mabbett, the programme’s third-party verification partner, will provide guidance on potential improvements, and detail some of the “quick-wins” companies can implement to manage resources more effectively and sustainably.
“The efficient management of crucial resources like water and energy is a core part of being a sustainable business, and also has a positive economic impact in the form of cost savings," Duncan said.
"Simple measures such as optimising boilers and heating settings, automating controls for equipment shut-downs, fixing compressed air leaks, and improving water efficiency in cleaning processes can yield significant results for business in these cost conscious times."
The sessions will also include guest speakers from partner organisations including Enterprise Ireland, Irish Water, and Circuléire on their funding supports and training resources.
Origin Green currently collaborates with 55,000 farms and over 300 leading Irish food and drink companies to prove and improve the sustainability of the food they produce to meet the evolving needs of customers and consumers globally.
To register for the webinar series click here.