The GreenHospitality.ie Programme is the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Resource for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Ireland. (GHP.ie)
GHP.ie provides Resource Efficiency Advice, Support and Xonsulting to the Tourism & Hospitality sector across Ireland. GHP.ie also offers an environmental certification programme which is the only Irish developed certification standard for the whole hospitality sector.
Resource Efficiency leads to reduced costs across Energy, Water and Waste within a business. GHP.ie has particular expertise in these areas and is confident that it can assist any business in reducing their costs. Tourism and Hospitality businesses can engage with GHP.ie at any support level – be it Energy management, site visit reviews, training, workshops/Master Classes, benchmarking, etc. Whatever your need – engage with us. Our GREENSave programme offers various levels of support – depending on your need.
Businesses that engage with us have saved up to €100,000 per annum in reduced costs – Energy, Water, Landfill & Food Waste. Your ideal initial entry point into GreenHospitality.ie is to engage with us through our GREENStart Service Package – benchmark your performance, receive a site visit and report and from this develop an action plan that will initially focus on reducing your business costs. You will have total control at all times and can decide on the focus and speed of any action – our job is to support and advise you.
Certification & Recognition
Certification is an optional choice for businesses. Many larger hospitality businesses – especially hotels – are finding that their customers and business clients are expecting them to have programmes in place. The GreenHospitality.ie Eco-labels and Awards are recognised both nationally and internationally as standards that allow members achieve good environmental performance and allow visitors to choose “Greener” hospitality businesses knowing that defined criteria are being implemented and monitored. We find that businesses that choose to proceed along the certification route maintain long term costs reductions as well as gaining a competitive marketing advantage.
Recognition suits many smaller businesses who are implementing good environmental practices but do not have the resources to implement a certification programme. We offer a GreenTravel.ie Approved business programme that is simple to apply for and allows businesses access to our Consumer focused Responsible Tourism website – www.greentravel.ie.
To achieve certification businesses must implement a set of mandatory criteria, backed up with a numbe rof optional critera. We provide public access t the criteria we apply based on international good practice and reflecting the demands of the current business climate. Visitors & consumers can see that members follow a robust and demanding process and we welcome feedback from visitors regarding any of our members or any comments regarding the programme or criteria.
To view the criteria for any of the hospitality businesses we certify click here……....
Certification Programme – GreenHospitality.ie Certification
- Eco-label – the first step towards Good & Best Practice – for the Built Environment – members implement a set of criteria and commence “Greening” their business
- Eco-tourism label- for nature based and ecotourism activities
- Award – this should be the target for all members – the award is challenging yet feasible and sets the business on the road towards best practice. The Awards build on the Eco-labels. There are 2 levels from January 2017;
- Silver Award – Good Practice
- Gold Award – Best Practice
(The GreenHospitality.ie Award is a Type 1 Eco-Label as defined by the ISO – International Organisation for Standardisation).
- GHP.ie CSR Mark of Good Practice
In 2017 GHP.ie will repalce the existing Platinum Award with the first Corporate Social Responsible (CSR) Mark of Good Practice for the Hospitality sector. It is currently under development and will allow hospitality businesses demonstrate how they incorporate good paractice in;
– Employee care
– Social/Community engagement
More information is available here….
Who are the Programmes for?
All Hospitality Businesses can reduce their costs by becoming more efficient and can also be certified to either the Eco-label or Award or the Eco-tourism label. The general principle for all members is to implement an Environmental Management System and this requires you to identify the environmental issues within your own business. Our CSR Mark of Good Practice can also be achieved by most businesses.
GreenHospitality.ie will work with each sub-sector to tailor certification to suit each type of business, without losing the challenge and EMS criteria required to demonstrate compliance with Good Practice.
We invite members from the following sub-sectors:
- Hotels and Guesthouses
- Restaurants and Bars
- Bed & Breakfasts, Self Catering and other accommodation providers
- Contract & Institutional Caterers
- Leisure Centres, spas and other leisure facilities
- Clubs and Golf Clubs
- Activity Providers and Tourism Attractions and Eco-tourism enterprises
- …..we can certify almost any hospitality business…
We are also developing programmes to promote good environmental management within;
- Tourism destinations – towns, regions etc
- Festivals and Events