Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD officially opened the new offices and lab facility of environmental consultants Verde last Friday (12 Jan.) in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow.
Verde employ a total of 50 staff in four offices in Ireland. The new head-office in Kilcoole features state-of-the-art lab facilities for soil and water quality testing.
Since Verde was established in 2002, the company has grown from a staff of three to a total of 50 and a turnover of €350,000 to almost €6 million.
Paul Van den Bergh, founder of Verde, said: “We are very proud of our beautiful new facilities here in Kicoole and delighted to welcome Minister Simon Harris here today to perform the official opening. Our company has grown and developed into one of the leading environmental consultancies and service providers in the country and these new premises give us scope for the further growth planned in the coming years.”
Speaking at the opening, Wicklow TD Minister Harris said: “As a Wicklow TD and Government Minister, it really is fantastic to see a local business growing so significantly. Now in its 15th year, Verde Environmental Group has really gone from strength to strength. The company has developed from a staff of 5 and one small office here in Kilcoole to a staff of 50 with 4 office locations around Ireland and an office in Lagos, Nigeria.
"This outstanding facility that we are opening here today really shows the commitment of the whole Verde team to its original roots and local community here in Kilcoole. Congratulations to the whole Verde team.”
Verde provides vital oil spill response, assessment and remediation services in the areas of soil and water pollution along with expert advisory, monitoring and assessment services for noise pollution, waste management, energy consultancy and ecology. They have four facilities in Ireland – Kilcoole, Cork, Galway and Mayo – as well as an office in Nigeria.
“Our environmental scientists, remediation experts and consultants in the new Kilcoole facility offer everything from contaminated land and water assessment and remediation, hydrogeology and ground water resource development, to due diligence exercises, noise and air monitoring services, ecological services and a range of IPPC license advice and monitoring” added Paul.
Clients of Verde include Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Irish Distillers, Glaxo Smithkline, P&G, Glenpatrick, A&L Goodbody, PWC AXA and Zurich.