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Green Skibbereen working towards making West Cork more sustainable

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A SKIBBEREEN business has successfully applied for funding to remove 40 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Award-winning O’Donnell Furniture intends to replace all the lighting in their factory with energy efficient LED units and will also deploy solar panels on the factory roof to power their operations. They made the application to the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), and it’s now hoped that other local businesses will follow their lead.

The initiative is one of the many positives delivered as part of ‘Green Skibbereen’ which held its first public meeting in November 2019. From initial boardroom meetings at O’Donnell Furniture, the group has been working weekly via Zoom since March.

Noel Casserly, founding director, said: ‘We have been meeting to complete funding applications for projects we think will contribute to a Green future for West Cork. Our team is made up of Jim O’Donnell, Jose Ospina, Trish Lavelle, and Brendan McCormack, who bring together a vast experience of enterprise, sustainable development, education and marketing.’

Read more at the Southern Star…