Dawn Meats has accepted its 4th sustainability award in three weeks when it was recognised with the Process Award at the IBEC Environment Awards 2013 on November 29th. This latest award further cements Dawn Meats’ position as Ireland’s most sustainable meat processor.
The Process Award recognises Dawn Meats as a pioneer in the development and implementation of sustainable production solutions. Dawn Meats’ aim was to reduce fossil fuel use by 80% at one of its major meat processing plants using superconducting heat recovery technology (originally conceived by NASA scientists) to produce hot water.
The project delivered a thermal efficiency improvement of 90% at its Ballyhaunis plant and over 50% at other facilities. The success of the project has allowed Dawn Meats to increase its corporate target for energy efficiency from 20% to 40%. This win follows hot on the heels of three other sustainability awards in as many weeks, including:
- SEAI Innovation Award – Dawn Meats’ energy efficiency solution beat Microsoft and a range of other leading edge companies to claim the top prize for its heat recovery solution
- Bord Bia’s Origin Green’s overall Sustainability Award - for saving up to 60 million litres of water and reducing Dawn Meats’ carbon footprint by 3,000 tonnes in one year
- The UK’s prestigious Green Apple Environmental Award. Dawn Meats competed with over 500 nominations in the UK and was named National Green Champion (Ireland) – of which there is just one per country
Commenting, Niall Browne, Chief Executive, Dawn Meats said: “For Dawn Meats the most satisfying part of a sustainability award is the underlying environmental solution that delivers efficiency and underpins our green credentials. We are now exporting to over forty countries where traceability and environmental sustainability are expected by our customers and by end consumers.”
“Our environmental team under the leadership of Charlie Coakley has not only embraced the sustainability challenge, but has become a standard bearer for the meat industry in particular. I’m delighted that these achievements have been so widely recognised. Looking ahead, we have set ambitious sustainability targets for delivery by 2020, including: a 50% reduction in our carbon footprint and reductions of 40% in water and energy consumption.”
Pictured: Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats, Minister Simon Coveney and Philip Tallon also of Dawn Meats
With a growing number of operations assessed by Certification Europe, Dawn Meats redefines the industry standard in sustainability
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine yesterday presented Dawn Meats with their ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificates for sites throughout Ireland and the UK at a special conferral ceremony at the Aviva Stadium as part of Future in Food on the 21st of November, 2013.
Philip Tallon, Group Operations Manager accepting the certificates on behalf of Dawn Meats, offered his opinions on his company’s achievements:
“This is a chance for us to take a look at everything we have achieved. The delivery of top class products to our clients, the savings from environmentally sound waste management, our innovative energy management techniques; everything has been based on our hard work and it is worth taking a moment to recognise this”
Minister Simon Coveney spoke enthusiastically about Dawn Meats certification:
"Having toured Dawn Meats’ facilities I have seen first-hand the care and dedication that they put into their products. It gives me great honour to present Dawn Meats with these Environmental Management certificates that marks the company as true leaders in sustainability."
Dr John Ryan, Director of Services at Certification Europe, the accredited certification body that assessed Dawn Meats to ISO 14001 Environmental Management standards praised the company’s hard work and efforts:
“Dawn Meats show continuing dedication to improving their business. These five certificates represent not only a commitment towards excellence but also a commitment to the environment. Dawn Meats efforts towards producing meat in the most sustainable way possible lays out a path for many Irish businesses to follow. This truly marks them as international market leaders”
Headquartered in Grannagh, Co Waterford, Dawn Meats employs over 2,700 staff and supplies a wide range of fresh and processed meat products to customers throughout the world. Dawn Meats have saved in excess of 56 Million litres of water in addition to reducing their CO2 output by almost 2,500 tons.
These savings have led to Dawn Meats winning several awards for their sustainability, including two in the last week; A Green Apple Environment Award for their environmental performance throughout the UK and the Bord Bia Sustainability award, as part of this year’s Bord Bia Food and Drink awards event.
Friday 15th November – Last night in Dublin, Waterford-based Dawn Meats was awarded the Sustainability Award at the prestigious Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards 2013. The awards, which are held every two years, are designed to reward excellence within the Irish food and drink industry. This year, there were in excess of 140 entries across seven categories which were judged by an independent judging panel.
As part of its drive to increase sustainability in its processing within the Origin Green programme, Dawn Meats is working to reduce water use by 40%, reduce energy consumption by 40% and to reduce its direct carbon footprint by 50%.
Commenting on the award, Niall Browne, CEO of Dawn Meats said, “We are delighted that our commitment to sustainable processing has been recognised by Bord Bia this evening. We view sustainability as an imperative ingredient to our future success as a company, and we are delighted to play a role in supporting the Origin Green journey.”
This is Dawn Meats’ second prestigious win in the last week, following its success at the Green Apple Environment Award in the United Kingdom where it has operations in England, Scotland and Wales. The Green Apple Awards are designed to find the greenest companies, councils and communities operating in Europe.
Dawn Meats competed against more than 500 other nominations to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award - the National Green Champion (Ireland) - at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons. This is the highest honour awarded and there is only one awarded per country. Key environmental deliverables by Dawn Meats in 2012/13 included: reducing water intake by 56m litres across four sites; reduced thermal energy consumption of between 50 and 80% across multiple sites; construction of a 7 acre wetland and eco park and 80-100% post consumer recycled content of packaging.
Headquartered in Grannagh, Co Waterford, Dawn Meats employs over 2,700 staff and supplies a wide range of meat products to customers in over 40 countries worldwide.
The Green Apple Awards are designed to find the greenest companies, councils and communities operating in Europe.
We competed against more than 500 other nominations to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award - the National Green Champion (Ireland) - at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons. This is the highest honour awarded and there is only one awarded per country, our key environmental deliverables in 2012/13 included: reducing water intake by 56m litres across four sites; reduced thermal energy consumption of between 50 and 80% across multiple sites; construction of a 7 acre wetland and eco park and 80-100% post consumer recycled content of packaging.
Dawn Meats were proud winners at the Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, held on 10th July 2013 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
Dawn Meats were awarded winner of the Best Short Term Energy and Carbon Management category for their project which employs NASA technology in the heating system to reclaim energy from boilers and heat water resulting in thermal energy reduction across five of its sites.
2degrees is one of the world’s largest online network of sustainability professionals. These awards are specially selected and voted for by 32,000 members of the 2degrees community, who recognise the best in sustainability practice across all business sectors.
This award has recognised and rewarded Dawn Meats for pushing the boundaries in developing and executing this innovative sustainability initiative that has delivered efficiency within the operations of the business itself and real value to the 2degrees community.
Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats Environmental Sustainability Manager said “It is an honour to be recognised by our peers in sustainability. The award is testament to the ongoing work by our sustainability teams across our business”.
Pictured above with the award is Charlie Coakley (left) and Marcus Sherreard (right) of Dawn Meats.
For the second year running, Dawn Meats Group have won the best beef productup Best Beef Product as well as the Best Red Meat Product for the Marks & Spencer Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry at the Meat Management Industry Awards
Creativity and innovation is embedded within the Dawn Meats Group, which has its own dedicated NPD and Marketing team who are constantly looking for new ways to satisfy consumers’ needs and wants.
The team worked closely with M&S to create the teriyaki steak strips to offer consumers real convenience with an authentic flavour and tenderness.
Dermott Slade (Head Development Chef, Dawn Meats) had this to say “Winning this prestigious award for the second year running is testament to our dedicated team, who work throughout the year with enthusiasm and pride to provide award winning quality products to our consumers”