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EPA BeGreen Resource Efficiency Programme “ Living better, using less” . Dr Jonathan Derham Environmental Protection Agency - j.derham@epa.ie. Resource Efficiency m odel employed.

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    1. EPA BeGreen Resource Efficiency Programme • “Living better, using less” Dr Jonathan Derham Environmental Protection Agency - j.derham@epa.ie

    2. Resource Efficiency model employed Resource Efficiency offers the means to achieve this seemingly impossible balance between allowing current generations in Ireland and worldwide to prosper and develop while safeguarding a future for those coming after us

    3. Examples of Key EPA BeGreen Programmes Green your Festival At its core, waste prevention is about people taking steps in their business and personal activities to adopt more resource efficient ways of operating

    4. Is a Voluntary on-farm resource efficiency initiative Jane Brogan, EPA Thomas Ryan, IFA

    5. - Rationale • Gap identified in national Resource Efficiency Programme • National Recovery Plan • Food Harvest 2020 – sustainable growth • Need (not serviced by other programmes) • Irish Agriculture for 2013 • Cost of inputs = €5.5 billion

    6. - Collaborative Using existing knowledge and expertise on improving farm returns and environmental benefits with better resource management

    7. - Whole of Farm Approach top tips on how to save money • doing the simple things better • Increase efficiency /unit of production The double dividend !

    8. - Soil Fertility • Without soil test you do not know the amount of fertiliser to apply • The annual cost of a soil test is 50 cents/ac/year • Apply lime it could save you 2 6.3 • Low soil pH reduces availability of nutrients in soils and poorer response to applied fertiliser - Saves money & increases efficiency - Reduces nutrient losses to water The double dividend !

    9. - Dissemination & Implementation • Smart Farming Guide • www.smartfarming.ie • IFA has 87,000 members and network of 947 branches • Smart Phone App and IFA Farm Directory www.ifarm.ie • National Conference • Farmers Journal 12 page supplement – readership 100,000

    10. - On-farm Resource Efficiency Assessments (REAs) (Cost Saving Studies) • On-farm REAs commenced in 2013 • Six farms participated • Mix dairy, beef, sheep, arable • Aiming for average savings per farm €5,000 • Agricultural & env. consultants used to carry our REAs • Support of technical experts on project team

    11. - Activities in 2014 • Additional 30 on-farm resource efficiency assessments • Across all farm types • Clustered to utilise existing on-farm discussion groups • Farmers informing farmers • Findings of case studies uploaded to web and app • Regional seminars

    12. - Benefits e.g. • Farmers • No to low-cost to implement • Harvest 2020 • Origin Green • Economy • Environment • Emissions Inventory & Projections

    13. Living Well, Within the limits of our planet

    14. Thank you Questions For Agencies such as the EPA, influencing behaviour is central to establishing a successful, resource-efficient society