Hospitality Sector goes Green to fight cost Increases
Dublin 21st January 2009 – There was a touch of St Patrick's Day around Dublin today as practitioners from the hospitality sector celebrated the ‘Greening’ of their industry at the National Green Hospitality Awards, in the Westin Hotel. They were celebrating the growth of Irelands own environmental award for the hospitality sector and the fact that 8% of Irish hotels are now certified as Green and consider environmental management as an integral part of their business.
Minister Michael Kitt, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government presented the awards to hotels, guesthouses and caterers from all provinces. He also presented a number of category nominations designed to recognise particular achievements by individual members and groups. The Minister said..."The experience of the Green Hospitality Award participants demonstrate that taking measures to reduce your environmental impact need not be seen as a burden or a threat to business, but can be viewed as an opportunity to reduce operating costs and increase competitiveness while contributing to the challenge of tackling climate change........."
The Green Hospitality Award programme, which currently has 180 members, provides a step-by-step approach to environmental management with awards given at Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels and has swiftly become the standard for environmental management within the hospitality sector in Ireland. A total of 81 awards were presented nationally to businesses that are actively partaking in the programme, leading Europe in the environmental award stakes, and those that are involved have already seen the positive results of their efforts. Achievements include reducing waste going to landfill by 50%, reducing water consumption by 50% and reducing energy consumption by up to 30% all of which impact positively on the bottom line as well as on the environment.
"The reduction in costs experienced by some of our members has been between €5,000 and €100,000 in the first year, after implementation of the program..." . said Maurice Bergin, Director, GHA, "...the really surprising factor is that most of these savings come from low or no cost systems and practices being put in place in each property".
This highly commended award was approved by the Green Hospitality Awards and is supported by the EPA, Failte Ireland, Irish Hospitality Institute and Irish Hotels Federation.
For further information on the Green Hospitality Awards, please visit http://www.ghaward.ie
Pictured from Left to Right: Minister Michael Kitt, Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. James Hogan, Director, Green Hospitality, Maneesh Kumar, Cost Controller, Clontarf Castle Hotel, Brendan McAleese, Group Cost Controller.