Sustainability
Protecting our landscape

Committed to a Cleaner Environment

Protecting the amazing landscape

Sustainability 

‘’Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’’ – Gro Harlem Brundtland

Environmental Policy

The Cahernane House Hotel is situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park. The hotel is located in one of the most scenic parts of South West Ireland. Protecting this amazing landscape and environment is very important to us at the Cahernane House. As stated by the UNWTO ‘’Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment, and host communities.’’ With everyone working together we can look forward to a cleaner and safer environment and ensure environmental issues remain a focal point and receive proper attention.

At the Cahernane House we are members of The Green Hospitality Programme which is the only Irish Government certification standard for the hospitality sector. We are delighted to be part of the Killarney Hotels Sustainability Group which is a group of 22 hotels that are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our services and activities, increasing the wellbeing of our employees, and promoting responsible governance in the way we run our business.

We are committed to the implementation of proactive measures to help protect and sustain the environment for future generations of our guests and employees. We have nominated a Green Team Member from each department to ensure all departments are minimising its wastage and recycling properly.

In accordance with this, we are constantly striving to improve our environmental practices in a variety of areas such as energy, single use plastic, and water usage. Sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement, and we are committed to highlighting areas that require attention and implementing changes accordingly.

We are committed to measuring our water, energy usage, and waste usage at the end of every month to grasp the areas that need to be looked at. We have implemented processes and schedules in every department to ensure all appliances that are not in use are plugged out or switched off where applicable.

We have committed to supporting biodiversity by allowing an area of our grounds to become rewilded and have selected areas where the mowing has been reduced throughout the year. This has allowed wildflowers to grow and provide important food for our insects, especially pollinators.

We know that it is important to communicate our efforts in an honest and mindful manner and to consider the consequences and impact of our marketing initiatives.  We know the effect social media can have and we want to be as transparent as possible and provide clarity where we can.

The following are actions already in process or are scheduled to begin to further minimise our Carbon Footprint on the Environment:

  • Recycling is taken more seriously, cardboard, plastic, glass, and food bins have been implemented into every department to ensure that materials are being properly recycled.
  • A cardboard/plastic baler has been installed to greatly reduce our bin collections, steel cages were purchased to hold and store our cardboard and plastic once baled. When the cages are full the bales are given to a local company who reuse recycled cardboard and plastic.
  • Takeaway and lids are now compostable.
  • We encourage guests to lower carbon emissions by taking to the surrounding areas on foot or by bike, we have bikes present on the property for guests’ usage to further encourage this.
  • We have installed a rainwater tank on the property, the collected rainwater is used to water our plants in the hotel and also the gardens.
  • Three composters were installed to utilise our food waste and to reduce our brown bin collections by 30%.
  • Grass trimmings are added to the composters once every two weeks to reduce collection and disposal from our gardener, further reducing our Co2 emissions.
  • All lightbulbs in the hotel have been replaced with LED bulbs.
  • We have reduced the use of printing and wastage of paper within the hotel, this is continually monitored in our efforts to reduce and reuse.
  • Our heating systems have been set on timers to allow for them to only be in use during peak times throughout the day.
  • Our cleaning products are environmentally friendly and are chemical free.
  • We have three electric car charging points, free of charge for our guests to use on site.
  • Executive Head Chef Eric Kavanagh and his culinary team are committed to sourcing food from local producers and small artisan businesses where applicable within Munster, thereby reducing food miles and cutting down our carbon footprint. 
  • We have a herb garden which our kitchen team nurtures and uses regularly.
  • Our team are active members of Killarney Tidy Towns, a voluntary community based group that works to keep our town clean, tidy, and sustainable.
  • We have a water bottle refill station for both guests and staff to use.
  • Timer lights are scheduled to be installed in all staff communal areas and staff toilets to reduce the usage of lights in these areas.
  • We are currently looking to reduce and hopefully get rid of any single use items we have in the hotel, this will be done in stages as it will pose quite difficult to completely cut out all single use items in operation, we have started by only using metal or paper straws in both the bar and restaurant.
  • We are in the process of changing over to leather and reusable drink coasters.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles in the rooms are all single use items we are hoping to have them replaced by implementing refillable wall mounted dispensers by the end of 2022, this alone will reduce our plastic wastage by 20%.
  • There are construction plans in place for a new build at the end of 2022, start of 2023 and this build will include solar panels, to guarantee green energy consumption for electricity.
  • Signage is to be erected in every bathroom to encourage guests to be more environmentally friendly by reusing any towels for the duration of their stay.
  • We plan to install water saving devices, such as low flow shower heads and tap aerators in 50% of our rooms by 2023.
  • We plan to implement a smart water meter that will be able to monitor our usage at any given time of the day.

Once we have actively reduced our Carbon Emissions by 20%, we plan to begin Carbon Offsetting, we are hoping to partner with Renewable Energy Projects and Forestry Protection Projects within twelve months of our Emissions being reduced.

Our Green Team Leaders are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly, we welcome any questions or suggestions you may have. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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