Resource Efficiency in Priority Irish Business Sectors

The Clean Technology Centre has carried out research for the EPA Research programme:  (Resource Efficiency in Priority Irish Business Sectors. 2014-REDS- 5) whose purpose was to identify and examine the most important Irish manufacturing and service sectors with regard to environmental impact, economic importance and potential for improvement in relation to resource efficiency.

The scope of this study was to focus on manufacturing and service sectors. Material consumption was of particular interest with energy, water and waste, as well as economic indicators, also considered.

The main element of the methodology was to identify, acquire and analyse all relevant data. However, it proved difficult to allocate material inputs and outputs to individual sectors in the Irish economy, due to the fact that data are primarily collected in financial terms (e.g. Central Statistics Office Census of Industrial Production) rather than tonnes of raw materials purchased. Data were examined from other sources such as EPA Annual Environmental Reports for individual licensed companies and national waste data from the National Waste Collection Permit Office. International indicators were also used in some cases to scale-up Irish data.

In addition to the data review, the project team examined the research literature, from a wide variety of sources, discussed the subject with stakeholders and also utilised CTC experience and data acquired over many years from several sectors, in the field of research efficiency.

Final report is available here. 

Key details

Project Name

Resource Efficiency in Priority Irish Business Sectors


Environmental Protection Agency





Main features

Study to Identify  Priority Irish Business Sectors to improve Resource Efficiency

Contact Details

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
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.
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.