Conference & Exhibition
for the Hospitality
& Tourism Industry
Hotels lead the way in Waste Reduction
The National Environmental
Conference & Exhibition for the Hospitality & Tourism Industry is
the first environmental conference specifically aimed at the Hospitality
& Tourism Industry in Ireland. The event is taking place on Tuesday
5th September, 2006 in Killashee House Hotel. The Conference will
be officially opened by Minister Dick Roche T.D. and will be Chaired
by Noel Duffy from Clean Technology Centre in Cork.
The Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP) is
funded through the National Development Plan (NDP) and managed by
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Cleaner greener production aims to reduce consumption
of resources and avoid generating pollution in the first place.
This type of strategy can cut costs, reduce risks and identify new
opportunities. It can be the most efficient way to operate processes,
produce goods or provide services.
The EPA wants to make cleaner greener production
normal practice for Irelands businesses - this means -
||Less resource consumption
||Better environmental performance
More than 60 Irish hotels are engaging in a unique programme to
reduce their environmental impact - while, at the same time, reducing
costs. The programme, entitled - 'Greening Irish Hotels'
- is part-funded under CGPP-Phase 2 - run by the Environmental Protection
||The Irish Hospitality Institute, the project leader,
has been delighted by the response. To date, more than 40 'core'
hotels and 20 associated hotels effect environmental improvements
and produce environmental data on a scale never seen before
in this country.
The core hotels undertake audits of waste production and water
and energy use. These are followed by training and the implementation
of reduction measures. The associated hotels also provide data for
|In some cases, the results have been remarkable.
For example, one Irish hotel has now achieved waste production
figures of 0.53 kg waste landfilled per sleeper. This compares
to the international 'Best-Practice' benchmark of 1.5
kg waste landfilled per sleeper. The same hotel is also approaching
the international 'Best-Practice' guideline for energy
- 260 kWh/m²/annum.
With 3.5 million m² of floor space in Irish hotels - and 16 million
sleeper nights sold - the potential savings are phenomenal. For
example, if all Irish hotels can reach these 'Best-Practice'
levels, the following reductions could be made in the industry as
a whole -
|Energy (equivalent fuel reduction)
||600-700 million kWh
50,000 - 60,000 tonnes
||2.2 - 3.1 million tonnes
|Waste to landfill
||30 - 50 thousand tonnes
||40 million - 50 million
||4 million - 5 million
|Waste to landfill
||6 million - 10 million
Apart from the obvious gains, a real success has been the co-operative
action by members of a commercial sector. This type of networking
and information sharing has been shown elsewhere to be a major factor
in the innovation process. Such shared innovation inevitably leads
to improved performance in business.
The IHI programme should be an example to other sectoral
groups - at a time when waste and energy costs have become
a significant factor on business profitability.
Expert consultants have been engaged to develop and run the
programme and to ensure its quality.
The programme culminates in the Greening Irish Hotels National
Hospitality Environmental Conference - when full project results
will be revealed. This conference will be held in Killashee House
Hotel, Co. Kildare on September 5th, 2006.
The conference, which is An opportunity to identify effective
environmental cost management, whilst sustaining the future of Irish
tourism is aimed at -
- Hotel Managers
- Catering Managers
- Local Authorities
- Environmental Officers
- Tourism & Marketing Officers
- Engineering Managers
- Operation Managers
- Tour Operators
- Hostel Managers
- Accommodation Sector
- Nursing Homes
- Hospital Managers
- Interior Designers.
To view the conference Programme and list of speakers - Click
To make a reservation - Click
Here - or contact:
Irish Hospitality Institute
8 Herbert Lane
Tel: 01 6624790
Fax: 01 6624789