Integrating environmentally sustainable activities across sectors is a key responsible area for economic growth. In a world of finite resources, it has never been so important for businesses to evolve to ensure they become sustainably competitive. This requires all organisations across Ireland to become more resource efficient in how they operate their business in order to minimise any negative impact on the environment.
Ireland has pioneered national economic initiatives which have changed consumer behaviour and prevented waste such as the plastic bag levy. Businesses need to include environment considerations at the centre of decision making. They need to consider the circular economy and waste management when developing their business strategies.
Having a business focus on energy, packaging waste and water usage should be central to strategic planning for all businesses in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, thus ensuring that industry can make an overall positive impact on the environment. Businesses will find that making environmental changes around their premises and their operational procedures will also have a positive financial impact for the business. Reducing the amount of paper and packaging used, being energy efficient and reusing or recycling where possible can lessen the overall spend on materials, supplies and energy bills.