Dawn Meats earns environmental award after cutting fossil fuel use

Dawn Meats has accepted its fourth sustainability award in three weeks, picking up the Process Award at yesterday’s IBEC Environment Awards 2013.

Waterford-based Dawn also recently won an SEAI innovation award, Bord Bia’s Origin Green overall sustainability award, and the UK’s prestigious Green Apple environmental award.

In relation to the IBEC award, Dawn’s aim was to cut fossil fuel use by 80% at its Ballyhaunis meat processing plant, producing hot water using super- conducting heat recovery technology first conceived by Nasa scientists.

The project delivered a 90% thermal efficiency improvement in Ballyhaunis, and over 50% at other facilities. It has allowed Dawn to increase its corporate energy efficiency target from 20% to 40%.


Move over quinoa.Everything you need to know about fonio, the ancient grain we’ll all be eating in 2020

The former heptathlete and all-round super woman chats to Lauren Taylor about how to stay fit in pregnancy and body confidence after a baby.Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill: ‘There’s still a lot of stigma attached to exercising pregnant’

Behaving aggressively is a stage many toddlers go through. The author of The Wonder Weeks explains how parents should deal with kids who kick & bite.Ask an expert: How can I stop my toddler kicking and biting?

It came as quite a surprise to learn that I had been writing my Weekend column in the Irish Examiner for 21 years — how the years have flown by and how the food scene has changed in Ireland over those two decades.A letter from Darina Allen: How the years have flown and the food has changed

More From The Irish Examiner