January 2021 – Mindful of the need to support members through the challenges of COVID-19 whilst maintaining the value of EcoMerit Certification, we have introduced a new classification ‘Renewal Pending’ and related arrangements, full details can be found by following this link.
Environmental certification in Ireland is fast becoming a must-have for business. This helps Irish companies to save money. They do this by lowering their energy, waste and water usage.
EcoMerit is a leading Irish environmental certification company. EcoMerit has been helping Irish businesses to improve their environmental performance for over 10 years. Our model of certification focusses on waste, water and energy impacts. We believe that small changes over time can have a big impact. That’s what our continuous improvement model is all about.
EcoMerit is part of the SEAI Sustainable Energy Community, which helps our members to access grants and finance. These financial supports help businesses commit to sustainable energy in Ireland. We enjoy working with SMEs in Ireland as they prove and improve their environmental compliance.
EcoMerit’s Oversight Board provides assurance that your certification in line with best practice. The Board oversees the quality of EcoMerit Certification and provides advice to the community.
EcoMerit offers environmental certification and support for Irish companies seeking to improve their sustainability performance. As an Irish based business, we work with SMEs in Ireland. EcoMerit has helped over 150 Irish companies reduce their environmental impact whilst saving money.
With the current climate crisis, we all must play a part in keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees. Ireland has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 7% annually. Green business supports this ambition by reducing impact on resources. Companies in Ireland play a pivotal role in the solution to climate change. This role is highlighted in the climate action plan.
For over 10 years, we have helped our member companies certify their environmental compliance. We do this through our 5-step process. This includes each client developing an Environmental Policy and Improvement Plan.
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Published 2 April 2020
EcoMerit would like to extend its thoughts and best wishes to all its members at this time of major crisis.
In response to the crisis we propose some adjustments to our normal way of working. Our aim is to support Members through this period without compromising the long-term value of EcoMerit certification.
Members will be updated with any changes to these arrangements and advised when they terminate.
As of two weeks ago, EcoMerit ceased all visits to Members. All contacts with Certified Members, the EcoMerit Oversight Board and between EcoMerit personnel are restricted to phone, email and teleconference.
EcoMerit support services remain available to all Members by phone and email.
We will contact Members directly about individual performance reporting requirements.
Meter Readings and Water Leak Tests
In cases where premises are shut down due to the Covid-19 emergency the requirement for regular meter readings will be waived until such time as the premises are reopened or the emergency is over.
It may be possible to read meters during security or maintenance visits. Where this is the case, this is recommended, particularly for water meters as a long-term water leak would be wasteful and expensive. If at all possible, the shut-down offers an opportunity to carry out your annual water leak test.
The following arrangements for certification surveillance are now in place;
- EcoMerit will contact the Member to advise when a surveillance visit is due.
- If the premises are still operating, the surveillance will be carried out remotely. EcoMerit will ask for relevant documentation, including the updated improvement plan and records of meter readings, and will review these with the Member by email and phone.
- If the premises are shut down, the Member will have the choice of carrying out a remote surveillance as above, or of deferring the surveillance until the premises re-open.
- In exceptional cases, (e.g. for healthcare Members) the surveillance may be deferred by agreement with EcoMerit until the crisis is over.
Should the above arrangements cause difficulties, the Member should contact EcoMerit as soon as possible to discuss and agree a course of action.
The EcoMerit team is delighted to congratulate the Saint John of God Hospital, which has EcoMerit Environmental Certification, on winning the Green Healthcare award at the 2020 Green Awards. Well done to the Sustainability Team and to all involved
EcoMerit was delighted to contribute to a Coral Leisure training event conducted recently with their Energy Champions Team in Portlaoise.
The training covered the global context for action, barriers and benefits to resource efficiency within Coral Leisure and priorities for action in the coming year.
This training was held at Coral Leisure’s inaugural Energy Champion meeting and marked a huge step in how far this role has come and how valued it is. Each Energy Champion has done invaluable work for their own Centres and it must be recognised and given the regard it deserves. It was the first time that the majority of those in the room met; to see the sharing of ideas, as well as the shared enthusiasm for the role, made the entire day worthwhile.
Environmental consciousness is the future for most businesses, as they can see the multitude of benefits that are associated with a greener view, is it any wonder that giants like Microsoft are declaring that they will be carbon negative by 2030. If Coral Leisure wants to continue to lead the way in our own industry, then the Energy Champion role must grow and evolve as well, along with the continued partnership and support from Ecomerit.
“Coral Leisure’s main goal was to create a network to allow each Energy Champion in Coral Leisure to take full advantage of each other’s experience, resources, and ideas. We have a great pool of talent across the group and it is a huge benefit to be able to tap into this and help each other.
This was the first step in taking the Energy Champion role in a new direction and giving it the status and respect it deserves. Thanks to Camillus our “Enthusiastic Energy Engineer” for all his work.
And thanks to Bobby and Christian of Ecomerit for joining us and not only educating but helping to steer us in the right direction.”
Ciarán Murtagh: Area Manager and Coral Energy Team Coordinator
Bluebird Care (Wexford) has been awarded the EcoMerit Environmental Certification in recognition of their commitment to ongoing environmental improvement.
Bluebird Care (Wexford) provides care and support in the home and community to people of all ages and abilities and has the distinction of being the first home care company in Ireland to achieve this award.[Read more…] about EcoMerit Environmental Certification for Bluebird Care in Wexford