The Green Business Program
We work with Eco Merit in conjunction with South Dublin County Council Environmental Department who assess our energy consumption, waste and water use to save money and to help reduce our environmental impact. Eco Merit compiled an Environmental Improvement Plan which suggested 25 measures to implement both short-term and long-term.
The recommendations include energy efficiency measures such as using lights only in areas of use after hours, use energy efficient LED bulbs and turning escalators off after stores close and many more.
Additionally we have run a number of seminars throughout the year to assist our tenants in greening their businesses and in turn reduce costs. In terms of lighting and electricity, our tenants could save upwards of €4,000 per year so it’s beneficial all around.
In the future we will also be looking into rain water harvesting which is becoming very popular to reduce water costs across the board. Another long term plan is to investigate the possibility of solar panels for electricity generation. We routinely monitor our electricity, gas and mains water usage as well as ensuring tenants service their water tanks regularly.
This year we are aiming to recycle up to 55% of all our waste, including food waste and with all our tenants on board, we believe this is an achievable aim. We operate a strict segregation system to ensure our waste is recycled wherever possible and thus compacted general waste is minimised.
This means that our tenants must break down their waste into recyclables, waste food, glass bottles and cardboard sections and thus only 45% of our waste would go to compacted general waste if the target is achieved.
We use AES Waste contractors who are a affiliated subsidiary of Bord Na Móna as our waste helps power the national electricity grid which in turn provides electricity for thousands of homes across the country. Additionally the waste food is used as a compost and goes back to farming.
In all our activities we set out to be as environmentally responsible as possible in our community.