Consultancy Services to Support Government Department Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs)

The Clean Technology Centre has been commissioned by the EPA to support the implementation of waste management and prevention measures through the Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs).

A Resource Efficiency Action Plan (REAP) is the result of an on-site assessment or audit of how an organisation uses its energy, water and waste resources.

Since 2020, all Irish Government Departments are required to prepare a REAP on an annual basis as part of a Government commitment to green Government Departments. The REAP process will be expanded to State Agencies in the future.

Each Department assesses how effectively they use their resources and they make recommendations based on their findings. Some examples of audit recommendations are:

  • Upgrade office lighting with energy efficient alternatives
  • Optimise use of Building Management Systems controls
  • Remove general waste bins from individual desks
  • Increase number of bins for recycling and composting
  • Reduce flow rates on taps
  • Discontinue use of single use plastics throughout organisation
  • Establish in-house Green Team from staff and management representatives
  • Green Team to devise and implement Green Action Plan
  • Reflect and promote the organisation’s green credentials as part of its corporate identity

In 2019 CTC prepared Guidance for the Government Department REAP implementation in and the associated benchmarking templates for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). These can be downloaded from here.

This experience, allied to our extensive history working in the area of waste prevention, resource efficiency assessment, guidance preparation and training delivery, provides us with an in-depth appreciation of the REAP process and challenges government departments have encountered in their development.

Based on this, as part of this tender, CTC carried out five tasks to support Government Departments in the implementation and reporting of waste management and prevention measures, through their Resource Efficiency Action Plans.

  1. A thorough review of the management and prevention targets and actions proposed in the returned 2019 Departmental REAPs.
  2. Development of a suite of communication materials. I
  3. Provision of a webinar training session.
  4. Four follow-on online ‘group clinics’ (each 1-2 hours)  to REAP department facilitators and Green teams.
  5. Revision and finalisation of REAP guidance and processes, in consultation with DCCAE.

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Project Name

Consultancy Services to Support Government Department Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs)


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Consultancy Services to Support Government Department Resource Efficiency Action Plans (REAPs)

Contact Details

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.