Dawn Meats Honoured for Commitment to Sustainability at Bord Bia Awards

on 15 November, 2013

Dawn Meats Bord Bia Sustainability Award Winner 2013

Pictured (l-r) Niall Browne - Chief Executive Dawn Meats, Charlie Coakley - Group Environmental Sustainability Manager with Dawn Meats

 

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.  

 

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