The Clean Technology Centre was established in 1992 in the Cork Institute of Technology as a not-for-profit organisation, focusing on preventive approaches to environmental protection.
The creation of the CTC was primarily the result of the foresight of Cork Institute of Technology and the demonstration of corporate social responsibility by industry, who provided seed funding. This was then matched with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
In addition,businesses provided support, advice and encouragement through the CTC management board. An initial 10 companies were joined by others. The CTC was among the first of the world’s cleaner production organisations. This voluntary initiative has allowed Ireland to be viewed positively worldwide, and the merit of this innovative and far-sighted “act of faith” by CIT and industry has often been demonstrated in the subsequent decades.
The CTC was originally based on the main campus of Cork Institute of Technology. The early years focused on establishing the knowledge base, and disseminating this to industry. Staff numbers and expertise were increased. An extensive library holding of relevant environmental literature was built up. Access to international information databases, including the lesser known specialised areas, was developed. CTC began work on international research projects.
Over the years we expanded and in 1999 we moved to new premises in the Melbourne Business Park on the Model Farm Road. The CTC moved to its current location in the Melbourn Building, Rossa Avenue, (formerly the Tyco Building) in late 2011. More info…
While previously The Clean Technology Centre was reacting to and supporting policies and initiatives, now we are influencing and delivering them, on national and international platforms. We’ve come a long way.