Granville EcoPark have become proud winners of the “Employer For The Future” Award on 13th June 2019 at the WEA Irish News Awards. The judges reported to be “blown away by the sense of togetherness and ‘team’ at the heart of its operations, despite it being the only business of its kind in Ireland”.
“At Granville EcoPark, ‘the future’ is at the very core of what they do and why they do it.”
It is the company’s mission to create renewable products from valuable resources to ultimately benefit the environment of N.Ireland, along with having an instant positive impact on climate change. For example, the company are championing the renewable fuel Biomethane to power vehicles; they currently have 2 company maintenance vans fuelled by biomethane and are hoping to use CNG commercial vehicles in the near future. In total, the company provide renewable energy vehicles to 22% of employees and have 6 e-car charging points available on site for employees and visitors. Another example of a renewable product being researched is harnessing CO2 produced by the AD process for sale into beverage and industrial markets.
Due to Climate changes, Renewable Energy now has massive targets set by Government. N. Ireland specifically, must achieve 40% of its electricity consumption through renewable sources by 2020 and these targets will be increased for 2030. Meeting its full potential, the UK AD industry could generate up to 30% of the UK’s household gas or electricity demand and create around 35,000 jobs.
With a small workforce of 32, the company comprises of individuals with a diverse range of skills that are essential to the operation of a successful AD business. Over half of employees are within the operations department. With the business being the only one of its kind in the island of Ireland it had not been possible to hire anyone with the necessary experience, therefore, every new operational employee is given ‘Ground-Up’ training in the complicated engineering and scientific process. This involves a 2-week induction and a bespoke training programme, complete with an exam at the end of a 6-month probation.
All employees are encouraged to get involved in projects like the onsite Bee garden, a biodiversity project started in 2018, and School Tours for recycling education of the young people of N.Ireland.
A recent employee engagement survey revealed that 96% of employees are proud to work for Granville EcoPark. The strong environmental and sustainability impacts of the company have no doubt added to the sense of pride and passion throughout.