GPP4Growth Stakeholder Event - Portlaoise, October 2017
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment have organised a second GPP4Growth Stakeholder Event for Thursday 12th of October from 9am to 2.30pm including lunch. The workshop will take place in the Midlands Park Hotel (formerly Portlaoise Heritage Hotel).
This event will look at barriers to Green Public Procurement in Ireland at national and local level, and will aim to identify the key actions that could help drive an increase in GPP.
Booking for this free event is now open at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/gpp4g-workshop-1-tickets-37417149702and the password is DCCAE2017.
Attendees who wish to stay at the hotel the night before can avail of a reduced rate using the discount code DCCAE when booking through www.midlandsparkhotel.com.
ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable Procurement workshop
The Lean Skillnet, with support from NSAI, is offering a one-day workshop on the new Sustainable Procurement standard ISO 20400.
ISO 20400 is aimed at organisations of all sizes, in both the public and private sectors, as it applies to virtually every purchasing decision from office supplies and caterers to energy providers, building materials and more.
Download an ISO brochure on Sustainable Procurement here
This Lean Skillnet one-day programme will provide guidelines for organisations wanting to integrate sustainability into their procurement processes, as described in ISO 26000 Social Responsibility. The training is intended for stakeholders involved in or impacted by procurement decision processes.
The workshop takes place on the October 4th in NSAI Dublin Head Offices.
· Cost is €290pp. Places limited.
· Online booking only ISO 20400 workshop registration
· Workshop venue: NSAI Head Office, Dublin 9. D09 A0E4
· Further information in the attached Workshop Brochure
Electric Vehicles for Business
Electric vehicles (EVs) are not only environmentally friendly; they are also good for business.
What are the Benefits of Electric Vehicles for business in Ireland?
- Tax Benefits: Electric vehicles and associated charging infrastructure qualify for Accelerated Capital Allowances as well as reduced motor tax.
- Grant Support: SEAI (http://www.seai.ie/) offer a purchase grant of up to €3,800 for N1 category vehicles.
- Running Costs: Savings on fuel and maintenance costs when compared to petrol or diesel vehicle equivalents.
- Environmental Image: Electric vehicles can play an integral role in environmental CSR strategies, alongside significantly reducing a business’s carbon footprint.
EVs are fast becoming an economical choice for businesses.
Thermodial, a leader in the Irish building service engineering sector since 1987, has embarked on a 5 year programme to convert its entire vehicle fleet (35 vehicles) to EVs. Commenting on the decision to make the switch, Thermodial Managing Director Turlough Kinane, said “Energy management is a rising global theme that is very relevant to our business as reflected by our attainment of the ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management System in 2016. We didn’t take long to first assess and then invest on the basis that it is the right thing for us to do both professionally, environmentally and financially too.”
The company has already made the move to phase-in new electric vans (zero-emissions Nissan eNV200s) as old, diesel-powered vehicles reach replacement age. The entire Thermodial fleet will be 100% electric by 2022.
For more information on electric vehicles and associated incentives please visithttp://www.seai.ie/grants/electric-vehicle-grants/