Western Development Commission (WDC)

Environmental Policy Statement for Dillon House, Ballaghaderren, Co. Roscommon

The WDC is situated in Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen which is a listed building owned by Roscommon County Council.  The WDC is a Statutory Body under the ageis of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.  The WDC was set up to promote the Social and Economic Development of the Western.  Counties under the remit of the WDC include, Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

We understand that everyone is entitled to enjoy a clean, healthy environment whether at home or at work.  We place a high emphasis on the provision of clear accessible information to our customers, suppliers and stakeholders to increase environmental awareness and to implement changes where necessary to improve sustainable consumption and production practices.

This Policy Statement has been developed in respect of the WDC Offices in Dillon House and in line with requirements from the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the European Communities (Access to Information on Environment) regulations 2007 – 2014.

The WDC is committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimise our potential impact on the environment in line with this Environmental Policy Statement.

The WDC is committed to:

  • Improving the environmental performance of our in-house practices and policies taking account of customer’s needs and requirements
  • Reviewing and reporting at regular intervals on progress being made
  • Establishing targets and objectives to improve environmental performance in the following areas:
    • Implementing strategies to increase the efficient use of energy, water, supplies and office equipment
    • Reducing  waste through re-use and recycling and by purchasing recycled, recyclable or  re-furbished produces and materials where these alternatives are available, economical and suitable
    • Introducing  a ‘car pooling’ facility when traveling to external meetings/events
    • Introducing the ‘Cycle to work’ Scheme
    • Introduction of ‘e-working’ facilities in order to reduce car emissions as well as reducing light and heat costs in the workplace
  • Continue to drive energy consumption down in Dillon House through:
    • Installation of a new and upgraded heating  control system in 2014
    • Installation of energy efficient lighting bulbs in 2010
    • Carrying out an Energy Audit in 2009 and adhering to the recommendations  therein – putting  in place window seals,  inserting chimney balloons and completing attic insulation in order to conserve heat
    • Ensuring equipment has power saving functions e.g.  PC’s, Printer, Photocopiers and also duplex features are available on Printers and Photocopiers
    • Implementing a programme of waste reduction through recyclying facilities i.e. collection, segrations, re-use, recycling, storage and safe disposal of all waste to include litter, toner cartridge, electrical equipment and used batteries
    • Liaising with Roscommon County Council regarding the environmental maintenance of Dillon House building, grounds and all related facilities

This Environmental Policy Statement is circulated to all staff. This Statement is subject to review every three years.

The AIE officer for the WDC is Caroline Coffey, Corporate Services carolinecoffey@wdc.ie.

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