Services to businesses

CPPU operates at the intersection of industry and research, working closely with businesses to promote systematic environmental management and sustainable production of goods and services. CPPU is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team further augmented by experts from a wide range of disciplines in the University.

We work with companies in various sectors (including chemical, food processing, engineering, construction, education, retail, tourism etc.) to assist them improve environmental performance, achieve compliance and differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Examples of current commissions (2013) include:

  • IPPC application for meat processor;
  • IPPC review for dairy processor;
  • Carbon footprints’ for a large property portfolio;
  • Lifecycle greenhouse inventory for recycling facility;
  • Environmental accident prevention plan for dairy processor;
  • Environmental product profiling of construction products;
  • EMS maintenance for multiple manufacturing facilities;
  • Technology sourcing for multiple manufacturing facilities;
  • Cleaner production audits for multiple manufacturing facilities;
  • Grant aid applications for multiple manufacturing facilities;
  • Environmental reporting for multiple manufacturing facilities

Services provided by CPPU, include:

Environmental Management

  • Preparation of applications for integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) licences
  • Ongoing IPPC licence maintenance (development of plans and policies, preparation of reports, training provision etc.)
  • Development of Environmental Management Programmes
  • Environmental and Sustainability Reporting
  • Technology transfer
  • Revalorisation of wastes
  • Assistance with grant-aid applications

Environmental Management Systems

  • System gap analysis
  • EMS design, roll-out and ongoing maintenance in accordance with IPPC licences
  • Design and implementation of EMS in accordance with ISO 14001 & EMAS standards
  • Design and phased implementation of EMS in accordance with BS8555 & ISO14005 standards


  • Operating an EMS / Environmental management
  • Sustainable production strategies
  • Sustainable Food Production (12 sub-sector specific programmes)
  • Waste prevention and minimisation
  • Life Cycle Thinking
  • Buildings - Whole life Carbon
  • Green Procurement
  • Bespoke training courses by arrangement

Audits and Assessments

  • Cleaner Production Audit
  • IPPC pre-audits
  • EMS conformity
  • Waste minimisation
  • Carbon Footprinting

Cleaner Production Promotion Unit

G1 Civil Engineering Building, School of Engineering, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork City, Ireland.