Sustainable Food Programme

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If you are a SMALL, MIRCO or ARTISAN Food Producer then this FULLY FUNDED Food Sustainability Programme is for you!


The Sustainability Food Business Programme has been designed and developed by SECAD Partnership CLG in conjunction with delivery partners The Clean Technology Centre (MTU), SustHub and Change by Degrees. Developed with food producers in mind this training programme seeks to assist Small, Micro and Artisan food producers in rural areas to understand and commit to more sustainable business practices.

SECAD Partnership CLG have identified challenges faced by food and beverage producers in relation to sustainability. This programme offers a series of a highly engaging and unique suite of workshops specifically designed for owner/operators and their key staff members. The overall programme objective is to build your knowledge and design a practical roadmap to strategically address the following challenges.

  • Sustainable sourcing & supply chain practices,
  • Packaging,
  • Energy, water & waste,
  • Consumer education,
  • Carbon emissions,
  • Renewable energy and climate change.

Course Overview

This programme will run from March 2021 – December 2021 and attendees will take part in the following:

  • 10 x 3-hour interactive workshops designed to build your knowledge & offer excellent opportunities to engage with industry leaders from the field of sustainability. The workshops will run every two and address each topic in a logical order,
  • 1 to 1 business support tailored to meet your business performance goals, to get the maximum benefit from these valuable sessions it is advisable to attend the workshops
  • 3 x site visits to businesses considered to be pursuing best practice in the area of sustainability/resource efficiency
  • Networking opportunities with other food businesses

Programme Facilitators

SUSTHUB; A clear stream solutions business

SUSTHub is Ireland premier provider of sustainability, carbon footprinting, ESG reporting and circular economy learning programmes. Formed in 2020 sustHub identified the gap in leader’s awareness of sustainability and associated areas. SUSTHub enables executive leadership teams, board members, and senior leadership team, to accelerate their organizations’ sustainability performance.

Brian O’Kennedy
Dr. Declan Brogan

Clean Technology Centre (CTC)

The Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology provides consultancy to organisations in all key areas of sustainability. CTC scientists and engineers provide expertise in the identification and implementation of resource-efficient and sustainable options in a wide range of manufacturing and service sectors. CTC has been providing innovative and effective resource efficiency solutions since being established in 1992. We have a proven track record in sustainability, environmental protection, and resource efficiency. CTC has delivered high-quality research outputs, original training programmes, as well as proven project management solutions for over 25 years to many different clients.

James Hogan
Keelin Tobin

Change by Degrees

Change by Degrees is a sustainability consultancy with over 20 years of international experience in climate and environment strategy, communications and employee and customer engagement. Our consultancy services enable businesses to grow better, by responding effectively to the increasing demand for sustainable business practice, through workshops, SDG mapping, strategy development and best practice policy guidance. We bring environmental sustainability and climate change know-how to your business to help you assess climate risk, build resilience, secure supply chains, attract and retain staff, respond to changing regulations and communicate your impact with legitimacy. Our tailored advice and communications planning will increase employee loyalty and productivity and ultimately reduce business costs. Change by Degrees has delivered training and workshops to businesses in Ireland on all aspects of sustainability policy and strategy, employee education and engagement and reporting and communications. We tailor our training services to each clients’ needs and industry.

Dr. Tara Shine
Madeline Murray
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What is SICAP?

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

What are my rights after registration?

Under the Irish Data Protection Acts and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016 you have a right to request a copy of your personal information at any time. You can get this information by contacting us on 021-4613432 or by email through

You can withdraw your consent to provide any of the information needed for SICAP and have your file deleted.

You can do this by contacting us on 021-4613432 or by email through

How is my data used?

The information we record about you is used for five main purposes:

  1. To establish if you are eligible for the programme.
  2. To review how we assisted you so we can provide you with the best possible tailored supports.
  3. To share your name and contact details with other service providers (e.g. ETB, Citizen Information Centre, Local Employment Service), as agreed with you in your Personal Action Plan, so we can make referrals and appointments on your behalf.
  4. To produce statistics which will help us plan and improve our services; so we can provide our funders with aggregated data to assist them in providing a better national service.
  5. Your data may be reviewed from time to time as part of a programme audit.

Some of the information we require is personal data such as your name and address, your phone number, your economic status, gender and age band etc. We need this in order to be able to contact you, to deliver a tailored service, and to know about the people who are engaging with SICAP. We will also be asking for your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). This is voluntary and you do not have to provide it.

The PPSN will help us and Pobal to track your progress over time, which will allow programme outcomes to be assessed.

We will be asking you for sensitive personal data. All sensitive data is voluntary and you do not have to provide this. Sensitive information is your ethnic/cultural background and if you have a disability. It is asked because it The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. gives us more detail on which people are using SICAP and the extent to which different groups are receiving supports, and so we can monitor equality of access.

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