Pilot Programme for Establishing a Regional Eco-Business Recognition Mark

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This pilot for establishing a regional eco-business recognition mark, funded under the ERTDI Programme 2000 - 2006, set out to examine the effectiveness and efficiency of applying a combination of training, networking and use of a locality-related performance recognition mark to enhance the environmental and economic performance of Small to Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are thought to have a substantial collective impact on the environment. As a sector, they have been identified as problematic in terms of environmental issues and tend to lag behind their larger counterparts in terms of environmental activeness and performance, and therefore require assistance to improve this area of their business operations . Promotion of certified environmental management systems is often undertaken as a route to improving environmental performance, but this has generally been unsuccessful with SMEs . Therefore, this project examined the possibility of adapting a successful and well-established Austrian environmental recognition mark model and applying it in an Irish context. The long-term expectation of such a transferable award programme is the improvement of the local sustainability, environmental awareness and economic performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The main basis of this research project was to pilot a self-help programme for business in a defined area, and to establish whether this model has potential for use across the SME sector. The use of a locally recognised award as a driver for fostering community spirit, environmental networking and improved business efficiencies was also an important aspect of the research. The use of continual monitoring of resource consumption values (including waste generation) was identified as a method of quantifying the successes generated during this programme. However, the lack of accurate information at the outset was a major barrier for most participants and, as such, quantification in the absolute sense was difficult.

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Dr. Colum Gibson
Cork Institute of Technology (Clean Technology Centre)
Environmental Research Scientist
Clean Technology Centre, Unit 1 Melbourne Business Park, Cork Institute of Technology, Unit 1 Melbourne Business Park Model Farm Road, Cork City, Ireland
Telephone: +353 21 4344864
e-mail: colum.gibson@cit-cork.ie

Dr. Maeve Bowen
Centre Manager
Macroom E, Macroom Environmental Industrial Park Ltd, Bowl Road, Macroom,, Co. Cork, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)26 20520
e-mail: info@macroom-e.com

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Attachment Name and Download Link
Offline Print Quality Version    STRIVE_37_Gibson_Ecobusiness_prn.pdf  (2.49 Mb)
Project Report Optimised For Online Viewing    STRIVE_37_Gibson_Ecobusiness_web.pdf  (1.1 Mb)
Att 3    2006-UE-MS-48-Appendix_-_99pages.pdf   (27.2 Mb)
Att 4    2006-UE-MS-48-Appendix_d001.doc   (27.15 Mb)
Att 5    MM_case_study_d002.pdf   (0.75 Mb)
Att 6    Macroom_case_study_Small.pdf   (0.31 Mb)
Att 7    OD_case_study_Final.pdf   (0.75 Mb)

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Author(s)Gibson, C. Bowen, M.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationPilot Programme for Establishing a Regional Eco-Business Recognition Mark
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=c153bb9b-7350-102d-b891-8d8f2407b579
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2018-03-19

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=151
Resource KeywordsEnvironmental, Support, businesses, SME, performance, Macroom, economic
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2006-UE-MS-48
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 7
Project Start Date Sunday 1st October 2006 (01-10-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 1st October 2006 (01-10-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 30th March 2009 (30-03-2009)
Published on SAFERThursday 25th February 2010 (25-02-2010)
Date of Last EditThursday 25th February 2010 at 12:02:05 (25-02-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 25th February 2010 at 11:55:29 (25-02-2010)

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Macroom (Irish: Maigh Chromtha) is a small market town, lying in a valley, on the River Sullane, a tributary of the River Lee, between Cork and Killarney A radius of 25 kilometres was decided upon in order to incorporate the rural areas that would associate themselves with Macroom. Beyond this distance, the unique aspect of ?localness? could be lost as affiliations with other ?competing? towns with similar businesses and make-ups to Macroom would have occurred. This had the potential to dilute the effectiveness of the local area brand that was deemed to be an important factor for its local success. The area involved in this research, Macroom town and hinterland, was chosen due to its nature being that of a typical provincial Irish town. The format of the model applied was based on the well established EcoBusinessPlan programme that has been functioning well in Vienna since 1998. This programme is a business support model developed by the local authority to enhance environmental and economic performance, through the medium of limited consultancy and workshop based training. Importantly, its continued success is driven by an awards scheme which sustains interest from participating businesses.

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The main basis of this research project was to pilot a self-help programme for business in a defined area, and to establish whether this model has potential for use across the SME sector. The use of a locally recognised award as a driver for fostering community spirit, environmental networking and improved business efficiencies was also an important aspect of the research.
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