As environmental sustainability becomes increasingly recognised as an indicator of good business practice, Irish companies are paying considerably more attention to this area, according to Declan White in the Competitiveness Department at Enterprise
There are many reasons why sustainability is good for business. These include: 1. Lower costs, increase profits Eco-efficiency is all about doing more with less and includes reducing energy use, waste, raw material and transport. These sorts of initi
This is because making aluminium from the raw material, bauxite, uses a lot of energy - while recycling the metal through a simple re-melt process is a massive 20 times more energy efficient. Put another way, recycling uses just 5% of the energy needed for primary production.
And because aluminium can be recycled over and over again without losing its properties, the metal has a lifetime of different uses: about 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in circulation.
The challenge now is to raise recycling rates for the aluminium we use as individuals - mainly drinks cans, foil trays and aerosol cans. Find out how we do it in Ireland ...