An Taisce and Regeneron agree solutions for a Sustainable Workplace

26th March 2014
Press Release

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland and Regeneron, have identified and embraced solutions regarding sustainable workplace travel. As a result, barring any further objections, Regeneron will soon begin the major portion of the company’s proposed €220m investment in Raheen Business Park, Co Limerick. The Regeneron facility will employ 300 people and An Taisce has worked with the company on a strategy to boost sustainable transport and minimise car dependency among staff when the facility comes fully on-stream in 2016.

Regeneron’s Dan Van Plew, Senior VP and GM Industrial Operations and Product Supply Director and James Nix, An Taisce’s Director of Policy & Operations met in Dublin last week, to discuss a sustainable travel concern which An Taisce had raised in an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

“An Taisce is very pleased to support the Regeneron investment plan and happy that our concerns on reducing car dependency, where possible in line with national policy, have been addressed,” said Mr. Nix. Describing Regeneron’s new mobility management plan as ‘a leading template’, Mr Nix continued, “An Taisce said that the interests of good environmental management and best corporate practice are moving ever closer together. An Taisce is delighted to see Regeneron begin the refurbishment of the former Dell manufacturing building in Limerick in order to bring it back to life as a world class biopharmaceuticals manufacturing facility”.

“I am delighted with the available talent in Limerick, the progress made thus far on the preliminary portion of the proposed development, and the great national and regional response we have had to our investment plan for the Limerick facility,” said Mr. Van Plew. “An Taisce plays an important role encouraging folks to think about their long term impact on the environment, and we are very happy to have engaged with An Taisce on issues relating to mobility planning and on other aspects of the proposed development. Regeneron and An Taisce have much in common in terms of encouraging sustainable best practice”.

ENDS

For further information, please call:

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications Chair, An Taisce Tel: +353 87 2411995

James Nix, Policy Director, An Taisce Tel: +353 86 8394129 email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland

www.antaisce.ie

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