Macroom E, is delighted to announce that it is currently working on a new European project which has been funded to tackle the increasing problem of marine pollution by encouraging the ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ of plastic litter and in particular fishing nets. In pursuit of innovative and sustainable solutions for discarded fishing nets, the Circular Ocean project seeks to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the hidden opportunities of marine waste in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region. The idea for this project emerged from the Macroom E programme SMILE Resource Exchange. Through discussions with its members of the significant problem posed by waste fishing nets in Ireland and internationally, SMILE began discussions about possible solutions and ideas with partners across Europe and which culminated in the Circular Ocean programme.
As increasing levels of marine litter is particularly pertinent to the NPA region, the Circular Ocean project will act as a catalyst to motivate and empower remote communities to develop sustainable and green business opportunities that will enhance income generation and retention within local regions. Through transnational collaboration and eco-innovation Circular Ocean will develop, share and test new sustainable solutions to incentivise the elimination, collection and, reprocessing of discarded fishing nets and assist the movement towards a more circular economy.
Circular Ocean is led by the Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College UHI (Scotland), and is funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme. It has partners in Rep. of Ireland (Macroom E), England (Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts), Greenland (Artic Technology Centre), and Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). Additional associated partners include Nofir AS (Norway), Marine Scotland (Scotland), Environmental Protection Agency (Rep. of Ireland), Local Enterprise Office South Cork (Rep. of Ireland), Innovation Center Iceland (Iceland), Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (N. Ireland).
Macroom E, a Cork County Council initiative, has successfully secured funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to run a new sustainability project in West Cork. The project aims to increase pro-environmental farming practices on a long-term basis with farmers in County Cork using Digital Storytelling as a behaviour change tool.
Digital Storytelling is the application of technology to personally narrated stories, resulting in an engaging and impactful video. These videos are told from a first person narrative, are hyper short, offer opportunities for deep learning on behalf of the storyteller and produce a more influential impact for the audience.
Macroom E and Cork County Council are delighted to be partnering with Carbery Group and Teagasc for the project, as well as with support from the EPA and University College Cork. Farmers who will be taking part in the research are current and new participants on the Carbery Greener Dairy Farms programme. To read more about the programme, click here.
The project runs until December 31st 2016 and will include a seminar through which the results of the research will be disseminated.
For more information about the project, contact Eimear Cusack at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 026-20534.
The Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme is a support, training and guidance programme for early stage start-ups, delivered at Macroom E Enterprise Centre and funded by the Economic Development Section of Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Office South Cork.
During each programme, Greenshoots participants avail of free shared office space, weekly training workshops from experts in key areas of business development, individual mentorship, business coaching, links with local and national support agencies, guidance from excellent established entrepreneurs and lots of peer to peer support.
In the six years since its inception, the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme has worked with almost seventy individuals in Cork, helping them develop their new business ideas from conceptual stages through to launching new companies, with most establishing themselves as successful Cork-based companies. Over 70% of these businesses are still operational. Previous participants include Winner Kayak and Spike Island Adventures, The Workshop Cork,Mamukko, Advanced Medical Screening, Sherkin North Shore, Jokamin, ProHome and many many more.
More details on www.greenshootscork.ie
SourceIT – Mapping Waste to Increase Recycling
SourceIT aims to build a mapping tool which will support existing and new enterprises, both social and commercial, which have a specific focus on the reuse and recycling of materials, in locating unwanted resources/waste materials which are essential to the existence of such enterprises. SourceIT will initially target the mattress recycling industry through a pilot with mattress recycling social enterprises in Ireland. We will work with them and their suppliers of mattresses, including, Civic Amenity Sites, Retailers, waste management companies, hotels and universities to develop a useful tool that will allow for more efficient, coordinated and environmentally friendly identification and collection of mattresses.
SourceIT is delighted to be awarded funding from CHEST (Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks), a 30 month Research and Development project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme to promote the development of digital based innovations that have the potential to address key societal challenges. In addition to the development of an online community platform that will facilitate the sharing and exchanging of ideas, the CHEST project has invested up to €2.5 million in seed finance for highly innovative digital based technologies, concepts and systems that address a specific societal challenge. For more information on CHEST log onto http://www.chest-project.eu/
SMILE is a free service for business that encourages the sharing and exchanging of resources in order to reduce costs and help the environment. Based on the concept that “one’s waste could be another’s resource”, businesses have opportunities to identify potential partnerships through networking exchange events and an online exchange facility. At these exchange events and through the website businesses can identify resources they would like to exchange such as reusable items, by-products & surplus product. All resources offered are either free of charge or below market value.
Since its inception in 2010, the project has run 7 business networking events in Cork, Limerick/Clare, Kerry and in 2012 the first Dublin event held in Croke Park in late 2012. The initiative has identified close to 2000 potential matches between businesses and this is set to rise as more events are planned throughout 2013 in the Munster and Dublin regions. The SMILE website www.smileexchange.ie has in excess of 1120 members with these members posting new resources to the site every week.
Membership of SMILE Resource Exchange is free for businesses. The initiative is project managed by Macroom E. SMILE Resource Exchange is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, Cork County Council and Cork City Council, Southern Region Waste Management Office and locally by the County and City Enterprise Boards in the areas that the initiative operates.
To find out more about the project and to register as a member log onto www.smileexchange.ie