Member research

To further develop CRNI as an authority on reuse and green job creation, CRNI and its members undertake regular research projects and campaigns.

Many of these projects are funded through the EPA’s Green Enterprise programme, which aims to ensure that cleaner greener production, re-use and ecoefficiency become the established norm in Ireland. For more information on this programme, please visit the EPA website.

Below is a snapshot of the most recent campaigns and research.

Review of Waste Resource Exchange Systems and Good Practice Guide

RPS has recently completed research under the Green Enterprise programme, compiling a good practice guide to demonstrate how new and existing organisations can be set up and operate to the highest standards. Factsheets are also included targeting those engaging with waste resource exchange systems to ensure that their interactions are informed and conducted in line with industry good practice. The report is available here.

Reuse guidelines

The Rediscovery Centre has recently completed EPA funded research project to develop best practice guidelines on reuse, titled “Development of a Material Reuse Protocol”. This project involves creating guidelines on the reuse of furniture, bicycles, textiles and post manufacturing food. Reuse good practice demonstration is important for the reuse and charity sector, and the wider green sector, both locally and in helping Ireland to meet EU targets. The report is available here.

WISER Life Project

In May 2017 the Rediscovery centre launched its flagship national reuse centre at Ballymun’s old Boiler House, the outcome of a €3.6M EU Life+ environment project. WISER (Working with Industrial Spaces to Exemplify Reuse) Life is a prototype “3D textbook” which will promote positive behavioural change with regard to resource management and efficiency. WISER Life presents a new concept in educational space highlighting the ability to incorporate active learning through building design, construction, operation and occupation thereby defining the building as an educational tool. For a brief overview of this project see the WISER Life website.

Key Performance Indicators for the Reuse sector

The Rediscovery Centre is conducting collaborative research under the EPA’s Green Enterprise progamme to identify key social, economic and environmental indicators appropriate for measuring the impact of the reuse sector in Ireland. The study demonstrates the importance of sustainability monitoring for communicating impact and presents a methodology for the process. The indicators were validated using Rediscovery Centre operations and processes as an initial test bed site. The results were used to create a simple impact infographic to demonstrate the advantage gained through data collection with respect to impact communications. The report will be published shortly and will be made available here.

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