Sustainability
Protecting our landscape

Committed to a Cleaner Environment

Protecting the amazing landscape
‘’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.

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.


Our Building

  • We provide bike racks and 3 electric car chargers in our car park.
  • We have installed two rainwater tanks on the property, the collected rainwater is used to water our plants in the hotel and also the gardens.
  • Three composter bins 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.
  • Most operational electrical equipment is on timers to ensure it is not running outside of service times.
  • Outdoor lighting is timer operated and the timer is being changed based on seasons and natural daylight.

Transportation

We encourage guests to lower carbon emissions by taking to the surrounding areas on foot or by bike. Bikes are provided for guests use so that they can explore the nearby tourist attractions and Killarney National Park without the need to consume fuel. We have bikes present on the property for guests usage to further encourage this.

 

Sharing Our Green Journey

  • 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.
  • A reduce, reuse, recycle policy is applied throughout every department in the hotel.
  • Written material is provided to both guests and staff on how to conserve water.
  • We contine to educate guest on how to recycle properly and how to use recycling bins in all guest bedrooms and public areas.
  • Signage is erected in every bathroom to encourage guests to be more environmentally friendly by reusing any towels for the duration of their stay.

Reduce and Reuse

  • Staff members have been educated on recycling best practices and on food waste reduction.
  • We are committed to measuring our water, energy usage and waste usage at the end of every month, to better understand 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 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 chemical-free.
  • 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, the bales are given to a local company who reuse recycled cardboard and plastic.
  • 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, we have begun 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.
  • Timer lights are installed in all staff communal areas and staff toilets to reduce the usage of lights in these areas.
  • Linen napkins and table cloths are reused through our linen reuse program.
  • We have a water bottle refill station for both guests and staff to use.

Protecting and Sustaining

 

We have committed to supporting biodiversity by allowing an area of our grounds to become re-wilded 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.

Our Green Team

  • 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 their wastage and recycling properly.
  • Every department has a procedure in place to ensure all non-essential electrical equipment is turned off if not needed. The night porter does an energy walk to ensure compliance.
  • A reduce, reuse, recycle policy is applied throughout every department in the hotel.
  • Staff members have been educated on recycling best practices and on food waste reduction.
  • Our team are active members of Killarney Tidy Towns, a voluntary community based group that works to keep our town clean, tidy, and sustainable.

Growing Our Own

We have a herb garden that our kitchen team nurtures and uses regularly. Head Chef Eric Kavanagh grows a lot of his own products that he then uses in many dishes he creates for Cahernane guests. 

And we won't stop there

  • We will remove all single use bathroom bottles and replace with 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.
  • 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 David, [email protected] or Darren [email protected]

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