NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBE
Pleae enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter
:
 
    Latest newsletter

   BENCHMARK CALCULATOR
Would you like to see how your property is performing compared to Irish and international benchmarks? Do you know what are the potential savings that could be achieved?

Find out here

   GENERAL EVENTS
2015 GHP Responsible Travel & Tourism Conference
Thursday, 15th October 2015 - The Marker Hotel, Dublin
read more ...
Resource Efficiency and Eco-certification Training Courses
Locations/dates TBC
read more ...
Upskilling - 1 day course - Certified Members
We will run a course where demand is indicated
read more ...
    Read all  |  Archive
Flying the flag for greener European cities

Source: Environment for Europeans http://ec.europa.eu

Cities with a track record of environmental improvement and ambition to do even better can now apply for the prestigious title of European Green Capital. Stockholm won the inaugural competition, for its holistic vision combining growth with sustainable development. Cities that missed out first time round can now bid for the coveted title once more, because the search is now on to find the European Green Capital for 2012 and 2013.

Launched in May 2008, the European Green Capital Award recognises and rewards a city's desire and capability to solve environmental problems in order to improve the quality of life of its citizens and reduce its impact on the global environment. Winners become green role models, sharing their environmental best practices and green vision with other cities.

Stockholm success

Sweden's capital beat off stiff competition from seven other European cities to win the title of European Green Capital 2010. A panel of internationally acknowledged environmental experts praised Stockholm for its long-term focus on environmental issues - including an excellent integrated waste treatment system using innovative developments for transporting solid waste, such as an underground vacuum-controlled method resulting in high recycling rates. In fact, 25% of waste produced in Stockholm is recycled and more than 73% is used for energy recovery.

The panel was also impressed by Stockholm's goal to become fossil-free by 2050, in line with its wider sustainable development plans for the rapidly growing metropolis of 800,000 people. The city boasts a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per inhabitant since 1990, bringing emissions to about half the national Swedish average. All trains and central buses now run on renewable fuels and air quality has also improved significantly, thanks in part to a recently introduced congestion charge on inner-city vehicles.

Green criteria

Against the award's eleven different evaluation criteria, Stockholm scored highest marks for its contribution to global climate change, availability of green areas open to the public, noise pollution, waste production and management, and sustainable land use. The panel commended the fact that 95% of the population live only 300m from green areas. This improves the local quality of life, bringing recreation, water purification, noise reduction and an enhancement of biodiversity and ecology.

There is no cash prize associated with Europe's Green Capital Award, but the benefits of improving an urban environment - cleaner air, land and water, extension of green spaces, and better public transport - are clear for all to see and enjoy. In addition to improving quality of life, a greener city creates a healthier environment. Over time, winning cities are also likely to attract more tourists and businesses committed to sustainable development.

"The panel was also impressed by Stockholm's goal to become fossil-free by 2050"

Hamburg has already been named as Europe's Green Capital for 2011. The city faces many metropolitan challenges, yet has an excellent record of major achievements and has set ambitious green goals by combining integrated and participative planning with policy commitment.

European cities can now apply for the 2012 and 2013 awards, by submitting an online application form. Applications for the second award cycle should be submitted by 1 February 2010. The next winners will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm in October 2010. The award scheme is open to the 27 EU Member States, candidate countries and European Economic Area countries.

How to become a Green Capital winner

  • consistent record of achieving high environmental standards

  • commitment to further environmental improvement and sustainable development

  • readiness to act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practices






   LOGIN TO MEMBERS SECTION
:
:
 
Forgot password?  

   NEWS
Sandymount Hotel wins a 2015 Pakman Award
read more ...
Wholesale gas prices decline 13% in a year
read more ...
Green roofs will become mandatory for commercial buildings
read more ...
Marriott International making big gains in corporate responsibility
read more ...
IHI Environmental Manager of the Year 2015
Apply Now - closing date - Monday 19th October
read more ...
Ibec Environment Awards 2015/16 *call for entries*
read more ...
UK AA Hospitality Awards 2015-2016 - Eco Hotel and Group
read more ...
How going green helps companies make money
read more ...
Ibec Environment Awards 2015/2016
read more ...
read more ...
Beware False Gifts......Further Update
The light bulb con - have you fallen for it?
read more ...
SFA 2016 Awards Announced - €50,000 package for all Finalists
read more ...
2015 REPAK Pakman Awards
Sandymount Hotel - Shortlisted
read more ...
New website for corporate responsibility
read more ...
2015 Chambers Ireland CSR Awards announced
read more ...
Towns clean up their act on litter issue
read more ...
Energy bills could soar as ESB and EirGrid ask for billions
read more ...
Starwood Unveils Water Story: Thinking Beyond Conservation
read more ...
Hotel identified as Legionella outbreak source that kills 12 in New York
read more ...
Sustainability is the Core of an Authentic Hospitality Experience
read more ...
Ecolab Releases 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report
read more ...
Booking.com survey shows trend moving towards sustainable travel
read more ...
Making the world a better place makes business sense
read more ...
Leading restaurateurs use more local food suppliers
read more ...
Energy Management - Refrigerators and Freezers
read more ...
Sustainable travel in the Burren
read more ...
Burren maintains its leading destination status
read more ...
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Releases CSR Report
read more ...
Burren Food Trail wins EDEN Award
read more ...
Blue Flag Beaches Awarded 2015
read more ...
New Mandatory Energy Auditing Scheme for large enterprises - is this you?
read more ...
Maritime Hotels Ocean Restaurant wins Irish Restaurant Award for Eco
read more ...
Taking the great leap forward on climate change
Thought Piece - Eamon Ryan, Green Party - Irish Times
read more ...
Paying the right price for energy
Thought Piece - JOHN FITZGERALD, Irish Times, 19/5/2015
read more ...
EDEN 2015 - Finalists announced
Best Use of Food
read more ...
Irish Country Hotels commit to Buying Local
read more ...
Top Green Hotels in the World Announced
read more ...
Accor marks advances in sustainable development
read more ...
Hotel Doolin wins at Green Awards 2015
read more ...
2015 Supervalu Tidytowns Competition takes off
read more ...
Marriott Announces Water Conservation Results
read more ...
Hotel Association of Canada Survey shows 47% of business travellers see eco-certification as very important
read more ...
TripAdvisor Effect’ Improves Hotels RevPar
read more ...
European Green Leaf Award launched for smaller cities
read more ...
Fáilte Ireland Launches Seventh EDEN Competition with Tourism and Local Gastronomy as This Year’s Theme
read more ...
Sustainable Tourism and CSR Highlights at ITB 2015 Berlin
read more ...
Is it Time to Stop Using Cleaning Chemicals?
read more ...
2015 Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were launched on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 in Dublin Castle.
read more ...
Xavier Font on How to Communicate Sustainable Tourism
read more ...
TripAdvisor Green Leaders – Blessing or Curse?
read more ...
GHP talks about Resource Efficiency to Northern Ireland businesses
read more ...
Read all  |  Archive    
 
     
   

 Media Partner