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The Bush Hotel is the first Hotel in Ireland to receive the EU Eco-label award.
This is an international standard recognising exceptionally high environmental performance and management for accommodation providers in the tourism industry.
Our ultimate goal is to establish and differentiate the Bush Hotel as an organisation with exceptionally good environmental practices ensuring we minimise the harmful and maximise the beneficial effects of our activities on the environment thus protecting and enhancing it for future generations.
The Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, has been awarded the EU Ecolabel Communication Award by the European Commission in recognition of its exceptional promotional activities to increase public awareness of the EU Ecolabel – the EU’s label for environmentally-friendly goods and services. The award follows on from the Bush Hotel becoming the first hotel in Ireland to be awarded the EU Ecolabel in March 2009.
The hotel was announced as the winner of the service provider category of the EU Ecolabel Communication Award at a recent ceremony in Brussels. Judges praised staff and management at the hotel for their work in raising awareness of the EU Ecolabel through a variety of promotional tools, including an in-house awareness campaign, a suppliers’ charter and organised site visits. Two other organisations from across Europe were also recognised at the event – ceramic tile maker Gruppo Concorde, based in Modena, Italy, and French paints and varnishes producer ONIP, based in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, near Paris.
The cream of the hospitality world gathered at Bord Bia in Dublin for the announcement of the 2010 Georgina Campbell Awards. “As always, we’ve kept a sharp eye out for those establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers” (press release 15 October 2009).
GREEN HOSPITALITY AWARD
The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
It is intersting that one of Ireland’s oldest hotels, The Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon, should be the first hotel in Ireland to receive the EU Eco-label ‘Flower’ award in recognition of its commitment to sustainable tourism and protection of the local environment: The Bush may be best known for its old-fashioned hospitality and exceptionally pleasant and helpful staff, but it’s clear that there’s nothing backward-looking about the management.
The ‘Flower’ comprises 84 very specific and technical criteria in energy, water and waste management – with much emphasis on environmental awareness & innovation. Initiatives undertaken include installing over 1300 Class A Low Energy bulbs which provide 97% of lighting in the hotel, contracting Airtricity as its electricity provider, and emphasising locally sourced products. The hotel also does not accept pallets, shrink wrap, bubble wraps or polystyrene, all deliveries now come in returnable and reusable plastic crates and all excess packaging is removed by suppliers.
The Greenbox eco-tourism area is close by, taking in parts of Donegal, parts of Sligo, West Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim, but – along with Enniskillen – Carrick-on-Shannon is excluded from the project due to its size of population; however, interest in eco-tourism in the general area may drive well-earned extra business to the hotel. MD Joseph Dolan commented that, “From a business perspective, our environmental management approach has delivered significant cost reductions which we have been able to pass on to our loyal customers.”
It’s good to know that what’s good for the environment is also good for our pockets – well done to all at The Bush.
Our ultimate goal is to establish and differentiate the Bush Hotel as an organization with exceptionally good environmental practices.
A short presentation on our environmental management program now follows.