Our Green Policy

Our green initiatives for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly hotel 

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Our entire team here at the Connacht Hotel are passionate about delivering a more sustainable and environmentally friendly product.  Many initiatives have already been introduced, ideas are emerging and evolving daily.  Our fantastic staff are key to our success and their invaluable input, their insight and their engagement is the cornerstone of our progress to date, albeit at the beginning of our ‘green’ journey, together, we are excited about the road ahead.

ECO- LABEL WITH GREEN HOSPITALITY

We have been awarded the Eco-Label Classification with Green Hospitality since February 2019.  We have made numerous changes so far across all departments with many more being introduced in an on-going basis.

 

You Choose Us, You Choose Green

 

 

 

Conservation

To preserve and protect our resources for future generations

 

  • All takeaway cups are 100% compostable and compost bins are accessible.
  • In Spring 2019 we planted 3 new Bee Gardens, fully planted with bee-friendly flowers and plants. Over 2000 flowers and plants that will re-emerge every year and help grow a bee population that is in decline.
  • The used coffee grounds from the hotel are collected and used as fertilizer in our gardens. 

Co-operation

Adopting new ideas • Adapting practices • Embracing change

  • Re-usable Coffee Cups: Our whole team now use reusable cups for coffees/teas. Reusable cups available for guests to purchase, cost includes a donation to charity, an initial fill for free and subsequent fills at a discounted rate. 
  • Waste Separation for Guests, Staff & Public Areas with clear signage. 
  • Marketing in Bedrooms is now displayed on LCD screens, reducing paper print. 

CARBON FOOTPRINT

To actively reduce CO2 emissions generated directly and indirectly by the hotel

  • Use green energy where possible. 
  • Purchase local wherever possible.
  • Encourage the use of public transport for guests and staff alike. 
  • Conveniently located next to a bikeshare hub. 

Commitment

To be fully engaged in the reduction of our energy consumption and waste production through dedication, education, reusing, recycling

We aim to reduce our landfill waste by 10% by 2020.
  • All waste is separated into general, recycling, food.
  • Oil Filtration System recently fitted, reusing oil, consuming less & saving in oil used. Therefore meaning less deliveries, less pickups and reduction in carbon footprint. 
  • The disposable coffee cups used are 100% compostable.
  • Reusable Tour Menus. 
  • Electronic and not paper messaging in both public and guest areas.
  • Chalkboards and human interaction used to communicate daily specials – not paper.
  • Stationery Station in place in each meeting room rather than stationery per person, reculting in less paper & pen usage.
To cut by 50% the use of single use, non-compostable plastics by 2020.
  • Plastic cups in the gym are not available anymore / members to bring their own bottles to refill.
  • Bio-degradable straws are available upon request.
  • Single use plastics are currently being phased out e.g. jam, plastic water bottles, ketchup, butter with alternative options being tried and tested. 
  • We aim to be plastic free in 3 years.. 
We aim to reduce our energy consumption by 5% by 2020.
  • Key Card activated power in all guest rooms.
  • Jacuzzi Cover in place to retain heat
  • Installtion of LED Lights resulting in 19% reduction in energy consumption.
We aim to reduce our overall water consumption by 5% by 2020.
  • Through metering, measuring, monitoring, evaluating and managing.
  • All showers are fitted with water reduction heads.

Community

We are working together with a common understanding

  • Active involvement with local charities and local sponsorships. 
  • Promotion of our ‘green’ message through our social media.
  • Tree Planting on the hotel grounds. 
  • Recent beach clean-up of our local shores and coastline. 

Key Statistics to Date

Straw Consumption ▼ 61%

Paper Cups ▼ 75%

Paper Printed ▼ 19% (7 tree’s saved)

Recyclability Rate ↑ 53%

Toilet Roll ▼ 10%