Environment

GreenStart and GreenPlus with Antaris

We would like to make you aware of the Green programme that can help your company incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of your business. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings, and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services. …

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Building back better – re-thinking transport in a COVID-19 world

You may have seen this meme. It certainly made me pause and think. If we are reorganising our business, can we prepare for multiple threats at once? The lockdown caused by COVID-19 has massively reduced the number of vehicles on the roads and the consequent noise, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The benefits can …

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Latest annual report on hazardous waste in Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland has recently published its latest latest annual report on hazardous waste in Ireland for 2018. What is hazardous waste? A waste is hazardous when it can harm human health or the environment because it is explosive, oxidising, flammable, irritant, toxic, carcinogenic, corrosive, infectious, mutagenic, sensitising or eco-toxic. Hazardous waste …

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Advancing HSE Standards in the GCC

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is one of the fastest developing regions in the world. Member states include The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. While the benefits of economic development are tangible, there are potential social and environmental costs of such rapid change.  Regulatory measures, with particular respect to Health, …

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Life-cycle-perspective according to ISO 14001 – the advantages and requirements of taking a holistic view

From August 2017, all new certifications must comply with the ISO 14001:2015 standard, and from September 2018, all certificates according to the old standard ISO 14001:2004 lose their validity. The revised environmental management standard requires businesses to undertake a life cycle perspective of their goods and services. This implies looking beyond one’s own processes and …

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Historic Signing of the Paris Climate Deal

Earth Day 2016 became even more meaningful with the signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 22nd. French President Francois Hollande was the first to sign the agreement, with Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly signing on behalf of Ireland. The signing of this international agreement became …

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How will the Paris Agreement impact climate change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that it is more than 90% probable that Greenhouse Gas (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide produced by human activity, have caused much of the observed increase in the earth’s temperature over the past 50 years. Evidence of the increased surface temperatures can …

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New Targets for the EU’s Circular Economy Package

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy. The circular economy is a generic term for an industry economy that is producing no waste and pollution in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients designed to …

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ISO 14001:2015 has finally been published!

The much anticipated changes to ISO 14001 have arrived with the publication of ISO 14001:2015 on the 15th of September 2015. The standard has been revised to ensure it continues to meet the expectations of organisations and maintains relevance in today’s market in order to keep pace with changes in technology.  “The new standard significantly …

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