A sustainable organisation is one which minimises the impacts of its activities on the environment, uses efficient practices that save costs and has a positive impact on communities. The EPA is focussed on providing tools and supports that will help enterprises in their transition to becoming economically, environmentally and socially resilient.
The benefits of becoming a sustainbale organisation are far reaching. An example of a sustainbale sector is the hotel industry. It is estimated that the hotel industry produces 53,000 tonnes of food waste which is costing the sector approximately €180 million per year. By reducing the amount of food wasted in this sector:
New ideas are an important part of finding ways to reduce waste. Demonstrating and sharing these new ideas is important because showing others the potential for change encourages changes in behaviour. The Circular Economy Programme (CEP) demonstrates the benefits of preventing waste to all sectors and to individuals. It also stimulates innovation by providing funding for activities that prevent waste and support the goals of the circular economy.
The EPA's main activities to support sustainable sectors:
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Too Good to Go - A social impact company fighting food waste.
Planet A - Zero waste shopping.
2 GoCup - Deposit & return coffee cups.
Habitat for Humanity Ireland, Habitat ReStore Drogheda - The low-cost DIY store that builds sustainable community.
Jiminy Eco Toys - Inspiring a playfully sustainable world.
Tesco - The first Irish retailer to introduce a soft plastic recycling solution, and also the first Irish retailer to purchase renewable gas made from its own surplus food to power stores.
VivaGreen - An Irish company making eco-friendly products.
Thriftify - Empowering charity shops to sell online and lead the sustainable fashion solution.
GoCar - an Irish car sharing app.