The Clean Technology Centre (CTC) at Munster Technological University (MTU) was established in 1992 and has been active since, providing support and assistance to governments, the EU, national agencies, the business community, local authorities and communities. CTC is widely accepted as one of the leading organisations in Ireland promoting sustainability and one of the oldest.
The Clean Technology Centre is an independent body, whose mission is to advise and assist business, government and society alike towards a more sustainable pattern of consumption and production. The integrity and reputation of CTC ensures its unbiased assessment of environmental issues.
CTC is neither a State Agency, nor a private consultancy. It is rather a national resource allowing all concerned with resource efficiency and sustainability to avail of a pool of expertise which is not aligned to industry, government nor any sectoral organisation.
The goal of the CTC is to move consumption and production patterns towards more preventive approaches, ensuring a carbon efficient society. Resource efficiency and the circular economy bring economic, social, health, safety and environmental benefits.
The Clean Technology Centre was founded in 1992 by two lecturers from the Chemical & Process Engineering Department in Cork Institute of Technology: Dermot Cunningham (RIP) and Noel Duffy. The founding principle of the CTC was ‘waste prevention’, that it is better to prevent waste at source rather than find solutions to treat the waste after it has been created. Dermot and Noel were ahead of their time, but the world has now almost caught up. For almost thirty years CTC has never wavered in applying the principle of prevention to all its varied work and is proud to be at the vanguard in the battle against the climate and biodiversity crisis the world now faces.
CTC’s work in resource efficiency approaches has been highly acclaimed and is closely linked to several national policies and initiatives.
CTC has worked with over 400 Irish companies, through its own consultancy activities and in national programmes. CTC has experience in a wide variety of business and industrial sectors as well as with the healthcare sector.
CTC has supported all the local authorities in Ireland to develop more sustainable communities and regions.
CTC has been commissioned by the EU, the Irish government and state agencies to project manage national and European environmental programmes, for training, and to develop new best practice methodologies. CTC has worked on 120 national and international, pure and applied environmental research projects – both individually and with over 140 partners from 32 countries.
CTC is active in developing and utilising a better understanding of socio-economic factors in the move towards sustainable and to prevent climate change. The key barriers and driving forces for climate action are no longer technological – rather they relate to our societies and how they function. The use of networks, innovation, communication channels and support mechanisms is crucial as is a fundamental change in mass consumer behaviour. The role of innovative, effective and well-implemented legislation and policies are also major driving forces for sustainable development – and the CTC is actively supporting and facilitating such government initiatives.
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