About Clean Technology Centre

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.

Our Mission

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.

More About CTC

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.

For more information about the Clean Technology Centre, contact us here.

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Our Team
Adrian Connolly
Adrian is a designer with vast experience and a keen desire for learning. Adrian has experience in communications, graphic design, training and waste characterisation.
Colum Gibson
Centre Manager
Colum is the Clean Technology Centre manager, a Senior Environmental Consultant and programme manager with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. He is an IEMA Auditor and has worked with CTC for almost 20 years. Colum has extensive experience working with industry, the waste sector, local authorities, communities and national agencies. He has worked on a broad range of topics, including energy efficiency, environmental indicators, waste management and prevention, water and energy assessments, zero emissions and waste, environmental management systems, creative thinking, innovation and sustainable community development.
Senior Environmental Consultant
Eileen O’Leary
Senior Environmental Consultant
Eileen O’Leary is a chemical engineer, who has worked for CTC for over 25 years. Eileen has a wide range of experience working with industry, local authorities, and national agencies. She has carried out and managed projects in a number of fields, including food waste, textiles, energy efficiency, solvent waste management, work in relation to the solvents Directive, national emissions inventories, and best practice guides for a range of different sectors.
Senior Environmental Consultant
James Hogan
Senior Environmental Consultant
James is a Senior Environmental Consultant and programme manager at CTC for over 24 years. He has a wide expertise in environmental management systems, resource efficiency, carbon management, sustainability and greening SMEs in Ireland and abroad. James has managed a number of national resource efficiency programmes including the Green Business Programme, the Green Hospitality Programme, Green Healthcare Programme and the Savour Food Programme. James is an experienced trainer on the subject of resource efficiency and has hosted close to 100 seminars for businesses on environmental sustainability and cost management.
Senior Environmental Consultant
Colman Mc Carthy
Senior Environmental Consultant
Colman is a Senior Environmental Consultant with a BSc & MSc in industrial chemistry and postgraduate diplomas in environmental and industrial engineering. He is a Certified Energy Auditor (AEE) and Greenhouse Gas Verifier. Colman has thirty years’ experience in implementing certified ISO management systems, project management, research and conducting resource efficiency audits in the manufacturing and service sectors.
Electrical and Sustainable Energy engineer
Safaa Al Tameemi
Electrical and Sustainable Energy engineer
Safaa is an Electrical and Sustainable Energy Engineer and Certified Energy Auditor; a member of the Association of Energy Auditors (AEE); a Certified ISO14064-3 Greenhouse Gas Quantifier and Verifier; and a data analyst. Safaa’s areas of expertise include energy efficiency, energy auditing, zero emissions, renewable energy sources, energy management system, resource efficiency assessments, carbon footprint and offset, waste and water. She has a solid foundation in data management, scaling-up data and writing technical reports.
Environmental Researcher
Keelin Tobin
Environmental Researcher
Keelin holds an MA (Anthropology of Food), a Research Masters (Business) and a BSc (International Development and Food Policy). As an Environmental Researcher at CTC, Keelin undertakes research, coordinates programmes, leads social media, and carries out consultancy work. Keelin’s expertise is focused on food; it also extends to other areas of environmental sustainability. Keelin has experience conducting on-site food waste assessments, presenting at seminars and conferences, and producing reports. Keelin is also a trained and experienced chef and part-time lecturer to Culinary Arts students at MTU.
Lynda McIntyre
Office Administrator
Lynda McIntyre is the office administrator of the Clean Technology Centre and has worked in CTC for over 25 years. She has a wide range of experience in financial management and project budgeting and has managed the CTC accounts for several years. Lynda is the main point of liaison between CTC and the Munster Technological University (MTU) where CTC is based – especially the MTU personnel and finance offices. She is also the main point of contact with CTC partners and sub-contractors. She ensures that CTC staff conform to all the legislative and financial requirements of MTU in terms of timesheets, budget allocation, personnel issues etc. She also ensures that all the necessary records are available for scrutiny in terms of CTC spending, budget allocation and staff payments.
Researcher/Independent Consultant to CTC
Tadhg Coakley
Researcher/Independent Consultant to CTC
Tadhg Coakley is an experienced environmental project manager and researcher and has been working for the Clean Technology Centre for over 29 years. In that time he has led many CTC projects for several Irish and European clients, including local authorities, national agencies the European Commission. His main focus now is on environmental policy issues, how to move Ireland to a low carbon economy. He has written several major research reports influencing environmental policy in Ireland.
Researcher and Independent Consultant to CTC
Noel Duffy
Researcher and Independent Consultant to CTC
Noel is a chemical engineer with over 40 years’ experience in industry, teaching, consultancy and industrially focused research. He was a co-founder of the Clean Technology Centre in 1992, when it represented a novel approach to form a sectoral industrial partnership to develop and implement strategies to prevent environmental problems, rather than relying on treatment. Noel’s expertise lies in progressive chemicals strategies: inherently safer and more sustainable processes, mapping the flows of chemicals through the economy and implementing manufacturing efficiencies.
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