Green is the new Black! Cork Chamber achieves EcoMerit environmental certification
Here in Cork Chamber, we are striving to reduce our carbon footprint and take on actions to reduce the Chambers’ impact on our Environment. Last year we introduced our Cork Chamber reusable cups to staff for using when we’re on the go. Since then we’ve been busily working on a number of initiatives, one of which is the EcoMerit certification.
EcoMerit is an environmental certification supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other partner organisations including the Southern Waste Region and kicks off with an environmental ‘health check’. The certification is focused on empowering a business or organisation to become more sustainable. Without a dedicated environmental manager it can sometimes be difficult to monitor energy, waste and water costs to bring about performance and cost-saving improvements. And here begins the journey of Cork Chamber and EcoMerit. The EcoMerit certification is designed specifically to assist smaller organisations to identify improvement opportunities.
Cork Chamber undertook the certification process earlier this year. This involved a commitment to implementing a number of practice and procedural changes towards achieving environmental improvements. We are being more conscious in our purchasing considerations, we have increased our focus on waste prevention and segregation for reuse and recycling, we have made a commitment to pollution prevention, we have consciously increased our energy saving and water saving efforts, we have signed staff up to the Coca Cola public bike scheme for getting to and from meetings in the City, and most importantly we are looking to continue in these improvements year-on-year.
Commencing with a site review and improvement plan, we were determined to achieve the improvement actions identified, and are delighted to have received the good news just recently. We are committed to continuous improvement and to building on these results, with the certification supported via annual surveillance and monitoring.
For more information on the EcoMerit certification, click here.