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Case Studies

The case studies on these pages are mostly rooted at home, although we have also illustrated good practice from organisations outside of Northern Ireland.

We encourage you to read these introductory articles and get in touch with the listed contacts if you want more detailed information. Use them as inspiration, copy them, reinterpret them or just admire them. 


Lámh Dhearg - local GAA Green Club paving the way to sustainability

The GAA has launched a Green Club Toolkit and local club Lámh Dhearg has been one of the first to implement the guide in a bid to become more sustainable and enhance the local environment. 

One Planet Mind - a sustainable clothing brand fighting against fast fashion

Fast Fashion is a major environmetal issue, and One Planet Mind is a sustainable clothing company in Belfast fighting against this problem. 

Mahon Point - A climate-friendly shopping experience

Cork's suburban retail precinct, Mahon Point Shopping Centre does not just have a strong sustainability focus. It is the most sustainable shopping centre in Ireland.

Project Girona: Coleraine scheme halves energy bills for participants

Project Girona sets out to bring cheaper, cleaner, smarter energy to domestic customers and to give them a choice in where their energy comes from. 

Deli Lites - Food for the Greater Good

Deli Lites, a Co. Down based food-to-go company, are showing how local businesses can implement sustainability measures without compromising on the quality of products or profitability.

Erne Campus - A Passivhaus Premium Building

As Passivhaus continues to gain popularity both in the UK and Europe, some projects are being pushed even further than the original Passivhaus standard to meet net-zero targets. 

Smart choices for a sustainable district - Belfast Linen Quarter BID

A sustainable district is more than the sum of optimised buildings. The redesign of sustainable cities is the planning of sustainable districts.   

Farming Carbon - A framework for regenerative agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

A growing network of community fridges in Northern Ireland

Community fridges are a grassroots response to increased recognition of the environmental, social and economic impact of food waste and a growing food insecurity crisis. But what exactly are 'Love Fridges' and is the phenomenon taking off in Northern Ireland?

Green Roofs and Vertical Gardens – nature-based solutions to climate change in an urban context

The climate crisis is forcing us to change our cities for the best response to impending social, economic and environmental disruptions and traditional systems like white painted roofs and walls, along with new solutions are taking over worldwide. Nature-based Solutions in UK Climate Adaptation Policy (2021), a report prepared by the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at the University of Oxford for WWF-UK and RSPB, has highlighted the key role of natural solutions in helping the UK to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, floods, droughts and heatwaves.