The Origin Green Sustainability Report was launched towards the end of last year, offering a comprehensive summary of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme since its launch in June 2012.
Since Origin Green was established, more than 55,000 Irish farms and 122 food and drink companies have become fully-verified members of the programme. These farms account for 90% of Ireland’s beef production and half of its milk output, while the companies are responsible for 85% of the country’s food and drink exports.
As part of the programme, food and drink manufacturers have committed to over 800 sustainability targets around raw material sourcing, manufacturing processes and social sustainability.
The targets provide for reductions of €12 million and €17 million in energy and water usage respectively by 2017, and seek to reduce general waste generation by 14,000 tonnes.
According to Bord Bia, Origin Green has met with universal acclaim from the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund, and from global leaders in the food and drink industry.
Origin Green has gained traction at home and won plaudits abroad, and on a scale few might have imagined, according to Bord Bia Chief Executive, Aidan Cotter.
Dawn Meats, winner of the ‘Beef Agribusiness of the Year’ at the 2015 Agribusiness Awards, tells its Origin Green Story.