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The Green Hospitality Award continues to be the most successful environmental management programme for the hospitality sector in Europe and has been celebrating the success of its programme by presenting 85 awards for excellence in Environmental Management to business nationwide over the past six weeks. In 2009 alone almost €5m has been saved by hotels that have implemented the programme and the programme has also proved that hotels can save the equivalent of €1,000 per room per year in their first year of implementation.


Green Hospitality Award Gold  Winners from Eastern Region with Duncan Steward,
Maurice Bergin, GHA and James Hogan , GHA.

For full list of National Green Hospitality Award winners
by county CLICK HERE
by award CLICK HERE

As a result of these recent successes and due to the level of interest in the programme the GHA has decided to extend into the wider Hospitality Sector in 2010 such as restaurants, pubs, guesthouses, contract and institutional caterers, nursing homes and tourist activity providers and attractions, leisure centres, clubs and golf clubs. The GHA programme has been encouraged to provide an Eco Label for these tourism businesses by a number of industry organisations and government bodies.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to fund the Green Hospitality Award programme through the National Waste Prevention Programme. Speaking about the awards, Gerry Byrne EPA Programme Manager said, “The EPA are delighted to have supported the GHA programme over many years as it is obvious that successful hospitality businesses are using resource efficiency measures to improve their bottom line. There are additional benefits in that their Irish tourism product can be marketed as genuinely green and the environmental impacts are reduced”.

The Green Hospitality Award provides a step-by-step approach to environmental management with awards given at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and has swiftly become the standard for environmental management within the hospitality sector in this country. It is the only Irish programme recognised internationally.

The programme currently has 165 members. Positive results of their efforts 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.

“We believe our success is based on the fact that as our membership grows the word is spreading that the Green Hospitality Award is not just a programme about reducing environmental impact but is time and time again proving that there are real and substantial cost savings to be made by taking responsibility for this area of management” said Maurice Bergin, Director of GHA. “Without funding this important programme cannot be delivered and we are very grateful to the EPA for their enthusiasm and support for the programme”.

 






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