EPA announces a successful first year for the Green Hospitality Award

Date released: Jan 21 2009

Mr Michael Kitt T.D., Minister of State for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, today presented 54 businesses with the Green Hospitality Award. This award recognises achievements in becoming more resource efficient, saving money by preventing waste, and conserving water and energy, while still offering a high quality guest experience.

This project, funded by the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme, is working with individual Irish hotels over a four-year period to significantly improve environmental management practices, prevent waste and encourage resource efficiency, while reducing operating costs for the sector.

Laura Burke, Director of the EPA Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use said:

“The EPA is delighted to recognise the achievements of the successful participants who have made savings of over €3 million in 2008 alone. This project has had a significant environmental impact in terms of less waste being produced, and less energy, water and raw materials being wasted.”


To date, over 80 members have gained a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, making it one of the most significant schemes of its type in Europe. In addition, a number of special achievement awards were presented to outstanding properties.
Typical savings that hotels in the scheme have made in 2008 include:

  • Water – Through the use of leak detection programmes and water efficient taps, showers and toilets, hotels involved in the programme have saved 280,000 cubic metres of water (600 swimming pools).  This is equal to savings of between €5,000 and €100,000 per hotel.
  • Waste - By reducing packaging, preventing waste, increasing re-cycling and segregation the hotels have saved 4,000 tonnes (1,600 full skips) of landfill waste.  This is equal to monetary savings of between €5,000 and €45,000 per hotel.  
  • Energy – Energy awareness and management programmes, installation of energy efficient equipment and lighting and adoption of alternative energy sources has resulted in savings of between €10,000 and €100,000 per hotel, equal to 187,500 kWh per hotel, enough to light a 100w bulb in each hotel for 214 years.
  • Other actions include reducing chemical use, sourcing sustainable and local food, carbon offsetting, educating suppliers and customers and developing environmental policies.

James Hogan, Director, Green Hospitality Award, says 

“The Green Hospitality Award is very attractive as it offers practical guidance and training on the implementation of environmental best practice. This is borne out by its rapid uptake in 2008, with 8% of Irish Hotels now accredited to the scheme, proving the commitment of those in the Irish Hotel business to a sustainable green Ireland.”


The target for 2009 is to expand the current membership of 180 hotels and catering firms to 300, expanding the scheme to other similar sectors, including contract catering, nursing homes and hospitals.

Information on the award nominees and winners is available in the Editor’s Note below.  Further information on the Hotel and Hospitality Project and the National Waste Prevention Programme is available at http://www.greenhospitality.ie/   or www.nwpp.ie

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)

Editors Note:

The special category award nominees and winners are:

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Excellence - Member
For the property that has shown consistent improvement and innovation.   Nominees are:

  • Westport Woods Hotel, Co Mayo - Winner
  • Clarion Hotel, Cork
  • The Moorings Guesthouse, Portmagee, Co Kerry

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Excellence – Group/brand
For the group/brand that  has shown the greatest leadership in environmental sustainability.   Nominees are:

  • Radisson SAS Hotels - Winner
  • Carlton  Hotels,
  • Talbot Hotels

Green Hospitality Special Award  - Greenest Destination
For the destination that provides hospitality environmental excellence    

  • Westport , Co Mayo

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Best Awareness Programme
For the property that has created an excellent staff awareness programme and incorporated it into the everyday culture of the organisation    Nominees are:

  • Westin, Dublin- Winner
  • Radisson SAS Hotels
  • Maryborough House Hotel, Cork

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Most Improved - Waste Management
For the property that has shown most improvement in their waste prevention and reduction.  Nominees are:

  • Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport- Winner
  • Radisson SAS Hotel, Dublin Airport
  • Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Most Improved - Water Management
For the property that has shown most improvement in their water reduction and management.  Nominees are:

  • Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel- Winner
  • Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford
  • Dromoland Castle

Green Hospitality Annual Award for Most Improved - Energy Management
For the property that has shown most improvement in their energy conservation and management.  Nominees are:

  • Clarion Hotel, Cork.
  • Radisson SAS Hotel, Little Island, Cork- Winner
  • Marriot Hotel, Druids Glen


Multi-staged accreditation awards (Gold, Silver, Bronze)

Gold Awards 2008   
Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, Co. Mayo
Clarion Hotel Cork, Cork
Clew Bay Hotel, Co. Mayo
Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare
Jurys Inn Cork, Cork
Maryborough House Hotel, Co. Cork
Radisson SAS Hotel - Little Island, Co. Cork
Radisson SAS Hotel - Dublin Airport, Dublin
The Moorings Guesthouse, Co. Kerry
Westin Hotel, Dublin
Westport Woods & Spa Hotel, Co Mayo

Silver Awards 2008
Adare Manor Hotel, Co. Limerick
Buswells Hotel, Dublin
Campbells Catering , Boston Scientific, Cork
Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, Dublin
Carriage House Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Castlecourt Hotel, Co. Mayo
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Dublin
Castletroy Park Hotel, Co. Limerick
Clanard Court Hotel, Co. Kildare
Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport, Dublin
Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley, Dublin
Commodore Hotel, Co. Cork
Connemara Coast Hotel, Co. Galway
Days Hotel Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Department of Tourism & Hospitality Studies, CIT, Cork
Dingle Skellig Hotel, Co. Kerry
Drury Court Hotel, Dublin
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel, Co. Limerick
Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel, Dublin
Glashaus Hotel Dublin Silver
Glenview Hotel, Co. Wicklow
Grafton Capital Hotel, Dublin
Harvey's Point Country Hotel, Co. Donegal
Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork
Killarney Park Hotel, Co. Kerry
Killashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare
Knock House Hotel, Co. Mayo
Marriot Hotel Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow
Mount Juliet Conrad Hotel, Co. Kilkenny
Quality Resort Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
Radisson SAS Hotel Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan
Radisson SAS Hotel Galway, Co. Galway
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Dublin
Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel, Dublin
Stillorgan Park Hotel. Dublin
Talbot Hotel Carlow, Co. Carlow
Talbot Hotel Wexford, Co. Wexford
Tallaght Cross Hotel, Dublin
Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly
Westport Plaza Hotel, Co. Mayo

Bronze Award
Ardilaun House Hotel, Co. Galway
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Ballymaloe House Hotel, Co. Cork
Blue Haven Hotel, Co. Cork
Brandon House Hotel, Co. Wexford
Campbells Catering,  EMC, Co. Cork
Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Co. Galway
Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin
Dolmen Hotel, Co. Carlow
Ferrycarrig  Hotel, Co. Wexford
Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel, Co. Cork
Galway Bay Hotel, Co. Galway
Garryvoe Hotel, Co. Cork
Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway
Heritage Hotel Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Hillgrove Hotel, Co. Monaghan
Killarney Avenue Hotel, Co. Kerry
Killarney Plaza Hotel, Co. Kerry
Killarney Towers Hotel Co. Kerry
Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Oriel House Hotel, Co. Cork
Park Inn Hotel Dublin, Dublin
Radisson SAS Hotel ( Limerick), Co. Clare
Radisson SAS Hotel Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Radisson SAS Hotel Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Radisson SAS Hotel Sligo, Co. Sligo
River Island Hotel, Co. Kerry
Seven Oaks Hotel, Co. Carlow
The D Hotel, Co. Louth

The Green Hospitality Award:
The Green Hospitality Award is part of the Green Business Initiative, which seeks to promote and bring about better environmental performance in Irish businesses and other organisations.  It is a multi-staged accreditation scheme (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) which allows hospitality businesses to commence implementing Best Practice Environmental Management at their own pace and at a speed that complements their business profile, whilst encouraging them to implement continuous improvement.

The Green Hospitality Award Project is a follow up to the EPA Greening Irish Hotels project that found that the potential for environmental improvement and cost savings in the Irish hotel sector is considerable.  It is estimated that Irish hotels could save over €100 million per annum by making environmental improvements, many at no cost or low cost. This illustrates that environmental best practice is also a way to improve profitability.

The National Waste Prevention Programme
The National Waste Prevention Programme commenced in 2004 at the request of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Environmental Protection Agency leads and co-ordinates the Programme.
Other projects associated with the National Waste Prevention Programme include:

  • Greenbusiness.ie – resource efficiency support from SME’s
  • Local Authority Prevention Demonstration project (LAPD)
  • Packaging prevention, led by Repak and supported by the EPA;
  • Green Homes, led by An Taisce and supported by the EPA, as a follow up to the successful and ongoing Green Schools programme;
  • Certified training courses for business (led by IBEC), local authorities (led by the Clean Technology Centre) and packaging (led by Repak); and
  • implementation of product compliance directives including:
    • WEEE - Improved regulation of the collection, recycling and disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
    • ROHS – restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment
    • Decorative paints – restricting the use of organic solvents in paints