On Friday November 29th over 420 business leaders from across Kildare came together to attend the annual Kildare Business Awards in association with Kildare County Council and the Kildare Local Enterprise Office (LEO). The awards, which cover a wide variety of categories, recognise excellence in business by companies operating in Kildare.
Allan Shine, CEO of the Kildare Chamber, opened the awards ceremony and paid tribute to each of the finalists noting that this year the Chamber received a record number of application for the category awards on offer. He outlined how 2019 to date has been a great year for business in Kildare with members of the Chamber continuing to create employment, enter new markets and business members continued to expand and diversify.
At the event, which takes place annually, Intel Ireland were named as Green Business of the Year. Bank of Ireland and Clanard Court Hotel were also nominated in this new award category which was this year sponsored by AIB Business.
Intel Ireland received the award for demonstrating excellence in environmental leadership and sustainability. Intel has a long history of commitment to the environment, beginning with our founder Gordon Moore. This commitment includes a continuous focus on improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions, and conserving resources throughout its operations. Intel also focuses on improving the energy-efficient performance of its products and collaborates with others to develop innovative ways that technology can address long-term sustainability challenges.
Intel’s commitment to environmental leadership
Intel Ireland is committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability and has demonstrated this commitment to the environment since first establishing operations in Leixlip in 1989.
Intel Ireland is at the forefront of sustainable plant operations across Intel worldwide, voluntarily investing more than €49 million in energy conservation projects at our Leixlip site over the past 8 years and taking a number of steps to drive environmental leadership;
- Since 2016, 100% of all electricity supplied to our Leixlip campus is generated from indigenous renewable sources, making Intel one of the largest voluntary, private purchasers of renewable energy in Ireland.
- Reduction activities over the last four years alone have resulted in over 46,000 tonnes of carbon saved, equivalent to over 12,000 cars taken oﬀ the road. These reduction activities have been achieved in a number of different ways, for example, in 2015 Intel Ireland achieved a saving of 18,000,000 kWh through the implementation of projects such as heat recovery in the manufacturing area, data centre free cooling and conversion of pumps from fixed to variable speed drive. The Leixlip factory cleanroom heating systems are now is 30% more energy efficient.
- Intel Ireland also supports a number of pilot projects to drive sustainability at our Leixlip campus, the most recent of which saw the first hybrid lighting poles installed which utilise solar panels and a wind turbine on each lighting unit to provide a fully sustainable and low maintenance lighting solution in the carpark area.
- Intel Ireland recycles 99.5% of non-hazardous waste and are close to achieving a zero chemical waste to landfill goal with 99% of all chemical waste going to non-landfill sources.
- Sustainable water management is also critical to our operations. Today we return approximately 87% of the water used at our Leixlip campus to the River Liffey and since 2012, we have implemented conservation programs that have helped us to conserve 6.5 billion litres of water.
- Intel Ireland is also committed to collecting input from local communities about environmental performance. Over the past number of years Intel has supported major projects to improve a local amenity, the Rye Water, working to preserve and enhance its natural habitat. Since first establishing operations at the Leixlip campus Intel have been aware of the rich biodiversity and the significance of the Rye Water and its Valley.
- In 2015 Intel Ireland launched the Pride of Place Competition which is aimed at supporting environmental initiatives that positively impact the neighbouring communities in North Kildare. The competition has since involved partnerships with the Tidy Towns Associations of Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth. Each was invited to submit three proposals for sustainable initiatives that would enhance the environment of their local community while also engaging people in the community on environmental matters. To date we have supported with over 31 community organisation with €174,000 of funding.
- Intel Ireland previously launched a biodiversity report and a map for North Kildare which proudly marked the achievement of becoming the first company in Ireland to use Business in the Community Ireland’s innovative Biodiversity Framework to shape its approach to biodiversity management.
Intel’s Global Commitment to addressing Climate Change
Intel Corporation have been engaged in actions and strategies for decades that reduce its carbon footprint and began to publicly report on greenhouse gas emissions many years ago. Intel have developed dedicated teams and actions to make significant investments in energy conservation, over $145 million since 2008, resulting in savings of 3.19 billion kWh which reduces its greenhouse gas emissions. We have installed over 60 alternative energy supply projects including facilitating the construction of 40 on-site solar electric installations at Intel locations around the world.
Since 2008, Intel continue to be the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership rankings. Intel purchased 3.4 billion kWh of green power in 2015, enough to meet 100% of its annual U.S. electricity use. In October, 2015 Intel joined the White House Climate Pledge, a reflection of the company’s ongoing commitment to addressing climate change.
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