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Moving Toward a Circular Economy – Morning Seminar, Wednesday 17th. October, The Horse & Jockey Hotel,Thurles

The linear “take-make-dispose” economic model is no longer sustainable. Continued use of finite resources, climate change and demographic changes make it harder for businesses to provide the products and services necessary for a well-functioning economy. Successful circular initiatives reduce dependence on dwindling natural resources and creates value for businesses and their stakeholders, as well as bringing enormous benefits to the wider society.

Tipperary Green Business Network are hosting a morning seminar on Moving Toward a Circular Economy on Wednesday 17th. October in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, 8.45am-1pm. This event is taking place as part of National Reuse Month http://www.reusemonth.ie/which is running throughout October.

Businesses will hear from experts and practitioners who are working in the Circular Economy including Jean Clarke from Dept of Communication Climate Action and Environment, James Hogan of Green Business Programme, Clean Technology Centre, Claire Downey, Commmunity Reuse Network Ireland, Sean O’ Grady, Premier Green Energy, Thurles, Dr. Fionnuala Murphy, UCD, Ian Kilgallon, Gas Networks Ireland, and Caitriona Rogerson, Irish Environmental Network.

There will also be a very interesting presentation by Stephen Wheston on Repurposing the Lisheen Mine Site to develop Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus. Noting that the bioeconomy is “strongly linked with agriculture which is mainly a rural activity” Stephen Wheston said that “the development of the National Bioeconomy Campus at Lisheen is an important step in the development of Ireland’s bioeconomy, which is a fundamental part of developing a robust circular economy in Ireland. A number of industries are well advanced in their plans to establish operations at the Lisheen Site. The Department of Enterprise and Innovation recently announced substantial funding of €4.6 million to support the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation CLG to develop a new Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility at Lisheen. The National Bioeconomy Campus in Tipperary, the heart of rural Ireland, offers an opportunity to grow the sector and bring important jobs back to rural Ireland and enhance Ireland’s reputation for excellence in Agritech, Biorefining and Biopharma”

Ryans Cleaning are the main sponsors for this event and Pat Ryan, CEO of Ryans Cleaning, Thurles, will speak on ‘Vision 20:20 Zero Waste to Landfill’ Aim. Over the last 30 years in business, Pat has witnessed a remarkable change in the cleaning industry. Ryans Cleaning constantly endeavour to innovate and improve standards of cleaning with a view to a greener approach in all aspects of their work. They have worked hard with their clients to successfully complete many ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ events and venue cleans in recent years. As Pat Ryan says, “With the right planning, know-how and procedures in place, this is very doable for most events and venues nowadays”. This segment will give SMEs real food for thought as delegates consider how some of these practices on a smaller scale in their workplace environments could make a real difference to the environment.

As part of this event, there will be an office display highlighting how to reuse everyday at work and attendees will be participating in a Reuse Month Office Swap Shop, where they will trade second hand office supplies and business books. A light lunch will be served to all attendees courtesy of the Regional Waste Management Offices and Community Reuse Network Ireland. There will be a small admission fee of €10 towards other costs. This event is open to everyone and all are welcome. To attend please reserve a place by emailing info@tgbn.ie

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