Tourism, more than any other activity, requires an unspoiled environment in which to operate. Often located in beautiful but fragile locations, campsites and tourist accommodation can place a large burden on energy and water resources. Local species of flora and fauna can also be placed at risk by habitat loss arising from inappropriate development, human activities and poor waste disposal practices.
Most guests want accommodation with positive effects on their health and the majority like their accommodation to be in harmony with nature. You may already have taken a number of measures to improve your environmental performance but tourist lodgings which have received the EU Ecolabel or “Flower” carry a definitive sign of environmental quality that is independently certified and valid and recognised throughout Europe, presenting a unique opportunity to satisfy customers’ expectations and stand out from the competition.
Tourist facilities carrying the ecolabel will have limited their energy and water consumption, reduced their waste production, use renewable non-hazardous resources and promote environmental education. Using the ecolabel as part of your advertising allows guests and potential customers to instantly recognise your efforts in protecting and improving the environment.
Green Hospitality Award
The Green Hospitality Programme is an Irish developed environmental certification standard for the hospitality sector. The Green Hospitality Awards are recognised both nationally and internationally as standards that demonstrate members have achieved good environmental performance and allows visitors to choose “greener” hospitality businesses knowing that defined criteria are being implemented and monitored. 124 Irish businesses have now been awarded a Green Hospitality Award including 94 hotels.
Green Hospitality members and award winners have set themselves the target of reducing their environmental footprint by reducing carbon emissions through lower energy consumption, preserving scarce water resources and minimising waste production. Members are encouraged to protect and promote local biodiversity, buy locally where possible and encourage visitors to use local “green” businesses and services while visitors are encouraged to adopt a responsible approach to the environment without reducing the quality or enjoyment of their visit.
We provide assistance and advice with the development and implementation of management systems to obtain certification to either the EU Ecolabel or the Green Hospitality Award.