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
Croke Park stadium carbon-neutral plan achieved early

This Article first appears in Irish Times on Monday, May 1, 2009
By HARRY McGEE

THE JOINT project between the GAA and the ESB to make Dublin’s Croke Park one of the first carbon-neutral stadiums in the world has been achieved a year ahead of schedule.

The Cúl Green aims to cut down the carbon front-print at Croke Park by significantly reducing its use of non-renewable energy as well as getting fans attending matches there to travel in an environmentally sensitive way.

Last year, ahead of schedule, a saving of 4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent was achieved by dint of more efficient use of energy and by a larger than expected response from supporters. Some 30,000 pledged to travel to and from Croke Park by alternative means of transport including buses, trains and walking.

The occasion was marked in Croke Park with an event involving Ireland’s most famous footballer, former international soccer captain Roy Keane, GAA stars Henry Shefflin of Kilkenny and Alan Brogan of Dublin, and Leinster rugby player David Kearney.

Keane is now the manager of Ipswich Town. Its stadium has also benefited from a similar initiative involving fans to reduce its carbon footprint.

“I have to give credit to a lot of people. I’m led to believe it started a couple of years ago with Ipswich. And credit must go to the GAA,” said Keane.

“Everybody is trying to save energy with the Cúl Green project. I’m all for it.”

He said he was also making efforts to be more responsible with energy use in his own life. “Sometimes it might seem small but hopefully it will make a big difference if we all try that bit harder.”

Similarly, Henry Shefflin said the success of the initiative should be a source of pride for the GAA: “The centrepiece of the GAA is Croke Park it’s great that it is taking a lead and driving home this idea.

“I’m not surprised so many GAA supporters have pledged their support. This is something that can also filter down to club and parish level,” he said.

The savings in Croke Park were achieved by a combination of initiatives. ESB chief executive Pádraig McManus outlined some of the steps that were taken.

“The first thing is that all of the electricity used in Croke Park is supplied from a wind farm in Limerick. The second part is that we placed an engineer on the staff of Croke Park to devise a plan to increase efficiency in the use of gas, electricity and waste products.

That has dramatically reduced their usage levels.

“The third aspect was getting fans to pledge. We have got over 30,000 fans to say they will change their behaviour in travelling to Croke Park. We need to get many more fans involved. But we have got off to a good start,” he said.

The ESB engineer assigned to Croke Park, Deirdre Newell, said that they had carried out an overall audit that came up with some 60 recommendations.

The audit produced 60 suggestions. The main two that have been implement was a more proficient energy monitoring system and a sophisticated building management system which has now been installed and essentially controls what is switched on and off in the stadium.

“Lighting in the stadium is a major contributor of energy usage because of the vastness of the stadium and its seven levels. The number of lights creates huge demand. We can now control that and have most efficient fittings,” she said.

The feasibility of installing solar energy and larger wind turbines were explored. But both were ruled out. Solar is expensive to install and is more suited to continuous use, not the big match day peak use of Croke Park. The wind generator was rejected on the grounds of lower winds and its location in a residential area.

However, a study is now been completed to explore the possibility of geothermal energy (taken from the ground beneath the stadium). Ms Newell said they were also assessing the use of micro wind turbines to supply very specific energy.

The goal for CO2 savings in the Cúl Green initiative for 2009 is 9,000 tonnes. That will depend on a substantial number of fans signing up.

 






   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