Noonan, the largest integrated facilities services provider in Ireland, has received the Eco Business Award at the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for 2010 organised by Chambers Ireland. The award was presented at a recent gala dinner attended by over 500 people representing all industry sectors in Ireland.
Central to the success was Noonan’s participation in the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Cleaner Greener Production programme and the introduction of the innovative SmartDose range of concentrated building care cleaning products from Diversey to support its sustainability objectives. The company selected SmartDose as its main building care product as soon as it became available and has already introduced it into over 1000 sites, with more to follow.
"The ease of transition to the SmartDose system which has been seamless from a client perspective has been critical in gaining the support of our management team and expediting the roll out of this initiative," said John O’Donoghue, group CEO at Noonan. "Our clients have enthusiastically endorsed this as in many cases they are actively engaged in their own sustainability initiatives."
Sarah Kearney of Noonan continued: "Noonan planned to be the first integrated facilities services provider to lead the way with sustainability within the BSC industry and the first in Ireland to focus on environmental issues. We wanted to reduce our carbon footprint while introducing simple and safe solutions for Noonan staff nationwide."
Through its participation in the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme, Noonan wanted to introduce green chemicals, make measurable reductions in consumption of water, energy, chemicals and reduce the generation of waste. The company selected SmartDose following detailed studies to identify a set of cleaning products that met its stringent criteria and complied with EU Flower certification.
"After analysing the systems available from key manufacturers and suppliers our senior management team recognised that Diversey's SmartDose system ticked all the boxes in relation to EPA standards and Noonan's achieving a major part of its overall sustainability objective," continued Kearney.