A bumble bee feeds on a blue thistle flower

Bee8 is an environmentally and socially sustainable social enterprise managed by Robert Emmet Community Development Project (CDP) in partnership with The Digital Hub and Smart D8.

The Robert Emmet CDP is a community development organisation working to build a sustainable thriving inclusive community in the Southwest Inner city. Robert Emmet CPD supports and is working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

They have run their Inner-City Beekeeping Project for some years and The Digital Hub campus provided a location for one of their hives since 2013.

In 2021, aided by The Digital Hub and Smart D8, the community organisation installed 20 additional hives across a variety of locations in Dublin 8 to support native Irish bee populations and enhance the local environment.

The Digital Hub houses a number of beehives on campus as part of The Digital Hub’s campus greening initiatives that include the Pocket Forest and native Irish tree nursery at Digital Depot and solar panels on the roof of the same building.

They will expand the scope of their beekeeping initiative by utilising technology. Working with The Digital Hub, Smart D8 and Tyndall National Institute tiny innovative sensors will be installed to monitor air quality, pollination pathways, pathogens and other important environmental metrics across Dublin 8.

To keep updated on the plan and progress of the Bee8 project please visit

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