TradeIT cites big savings for small food producers

Small food producers can save up to €6,300 annually through efficient energy, water, and landfill management, according to the TradeIT food industry network.

Led by IT Tralee, TradeIT aims to foster innovation in food producing SMEs, notably in the dairy, meat, and bakery sectors, hosting events and activities in nine regional TradeIT Hubs across Europe.

TradeIT’s Michael Gleeson said: “For a business spending €40,000 on energy and €10,000 on water, savings would add up to €6,300 annually.

"Your business will gain an advantage in a market demanding environmentally sound practices, so this half-day workshop is definitely time well spent.”

Origin Green figures show environmental management systems can deliver savings of 11% on energy, 19% water consumption, and reduced landfill waste contributions by 38%.

Next Tuesday, TradeIT is hosting a event entitled ‘Environmental Management for Food Producers’ with UCC and Bórd Bia’s Origin Green initiative in Kingsley Hotel, Cork.

Colin Sage of UCC will discuss SME challenges in introducing environmental management systems.

Andrew Mullins of Origin Green will advise on integrating environmental management systems into Origin Green sustainability plans.

Alan Kingston of Glenilen Farm will tell how he integrated Origin Green into his business.

Erika Nitschke of IGV GmbH in Potsdam, Berlin, will share German best practice case studies from SMEs engaging in effective environmental management.

Michael Gleeson, TradeIT, will discuss funding programmes and opportunities.

Call 066 7144242 or email michael.gleeson for more information.


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