Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12 - (Page 4)

BUSINESS ROUND-UP BUSINESS NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS FROM ACROSS THE COMPANY ROUND-UP CLEAN ENERGY HUB LAUNCHED Bord na Móna's Clean Energy Hub strategy was announced at the launch of our new wind farm in Bruckana, Co. Tipperary by Minister Pat Rabbitte TD in October. The Clean Energy Hub will generate 2GW of electricity when fully operational and create an export business of €1 billion annual revenue for the company. The renewable electricity generated - enough to power one million homes - will be supplied directly to the British and mainland European electricity markets. The Clean Energy Hub will involve the development of separate wind farms that will be mainly centred on Bord na Móna's extensive 20,000 hectares of cutaway peatlands in east Offaly and west Kildare. The company has set a target of 2020 to bring this project on stream. At the heart of the project is Bord na Móna's sustainability agenda which ensures that business practices across each of the company's operating divisions are profitable, socially acceptable, and environmentally sound. See Nationwide for photos and pages 12-13 for more details. Minister Pat Rabbitte TD at the Clean Energy Hub launch. New waste collection service Resource Recovery has launched a new waste collection service to provide customers with an even more convenient and environmentally responsible service. A fleet of split body trucks was introduced in September which will enable dual collection. This will see a reduction in the frequency of collections as the new trucks have the ability to collect two types of waste bins all at once. This will replace the long-standing weekly collections as the dual collection will be on a fortnightly basis. The development will mean an improved service, as well as fewer AES trucks on the road, helping to create a safer environment. At present, the service is available in north Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath. Drive to reduce rail-related accidents BEAT ON THE PEAT RECORD HARVEST Lough Boora Parklands rocked to the Beat on the Peat in August as part of the Ferbane Gathering. A fundraising run, Jog on the Bog, was also held in aid of Offaly Palliative Care. Over 2,500 visitors were treated to live music, a barbecue, and entertainment - in all, 13 different bands performed. The day was a huge success, with almost €3,000 raised for The Palliative Care-Oncology Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore. See Nationwide (page 28-31) for photos. 4 | Source Winter 2013 Bord na Móna's total peat harvest for 2013 amounted to 166 per cent of the company's annual target. In fact, the company managed to exceed its target by the largest-ever percentage in its history. This year's peat harvest now stands in excess of four times the amount produced during the poor 2012 season. The good weather played its part in getting us there, along with a new operations plan devised by the company last winter and implemented by our employees in the summer months. See page 8-9 for further details. Pictured (l to r): Jimmy Rohan, Mountdillon Rail Transport, and Gerry Brennan, Health and Safety Head, Bord na Móna. Further implementation of the rail maintenance plan should help reduce accidents and dangerous occurrences in Feedstock. That's according to the Health and Safety team, which has prepared statistics for Feedstock on rail accidents and dangerous occurrences - about 29 per cent of all Feedstock accidents and dangerous occurrences are rail-related. Meanwhile, the Health and Safety department has updated Feedstock with the findings of its bog production audits/inspections at all 67 Feedstock locations over the production season.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12

Bord Na MóNa - Source Issue 12
Brown Gold
A Bright Future Beckons
Clean Energy Hub
A Good Year
Game On!
Sales Force
Project Update
Heritage Corner

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12