Local trailblazers leading the way

April 5th, 2018 10:11 PM

By Southern Star Team

Eoghan Scally with Scally's ‘bio bag' in SuperValu in Clonakilty.

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• Clonakilty’s Norman Crowley has recently launched the Cool Planet Experience visitor experience in Wicklow – a hugely impressive fun and educational attraction to get people engaged in the issue of global warming.  Their mission  is ‘to motivate the people of Ireland to take climate action.’ They say: ‘We are big believers that making smart, sustainable choices can enrich your life, save you money and the planet. Through our interactive exhibition in Enniskerry, our touring workshops and champion programme - we want to involve the country in the story of climate change.’ See

• Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty has earned major praise from customers after introducing fully compostable bags in the fruit and veg section. As part of the company’s own ‘Make The Change’ response to the world’s waste crisis,  Scally’s has also sourced 100% compostable coffee cups and cutlery in its food department. They are also looking into sourcing compostable containers for their hot food served.

• The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) at the Nimbus Research Centre in Cork Institute of Technology is undertaking a project on the role of water reuse in Ireland. The project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one key aspect of the project is to conduct a national survey to assess public opinion. Dr Eoin Byrne, project researcher said: ‘In other countries, reuse of treated wastewater has been proven as a reliable alternative water resource and an effective solution for coping with water scarcity conditions.  However, public engagement and acceptance is considered essential for the successful adoption of any water reuse projects.’ 

Kevin Fitzgibbon, coordinator of the WSSIC at the Nimbus Research Centre in CIT added: ‘Recent extreme weather impacts have highlighted the vulnerability of some water resources in Ireland. This is not just an Irish problem; many countries worldwide are experiencing uncertainty in relation to the future of their water supplies. So now is a good time to assess public opinion regarding the potential for reuse of treated wastewater in Ireland.’ 

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