Resource efficiency saves individual businesses €30,000 per annum

The Green Hospitality Programme launched a new booklet for the hospitality sector – “Resource Efficiency in the Hospitality Sector”.

  • This booklet contains numerous case studies, on how to reduce utility costs through resource efficiency.
  • Being resource efficient reduces the impact of business emissions on the environment.
  • Highlighting how protecting the environment, can go hand in hand with reducing costs; this booklet features 19 of Ireland’s greenest businesses.
  • The booklet which is aimed at improving resource efficiency through, simple, no cost and low cost solutions will be circulated by the Irish Hotels Federation and is also available to download from .

Waste management is one of the simplest tasks any hospitality business can undertake with no or low cost solutions that are easy to implement.

  • In recent years, Green Hospitality Programme members have reduced their waste going to landfill waste by 80%, reduced water consumption by 30% and reduced their energy consumption by 20%, through the implementation of the GHP standards and criteria.
  • Since 2008, the Green hospitality Programme has saved businesses €15million; €6.2millon in 2011.

Water costs are another significant expenditure for the hospitality sector.

  • Up to 50% of high quality (and expensive) drinking water consumed by hotels is used to flush toilets; simple measures such as controlling water flow to guest showers and taps can result in considerable savings.

Energy costs are by far the largest utility costs for the hospitality sectors and managing and controlling these costs is essential for survival.

  • The booklet offers many practical examples of how hospitality business have managed costs and moved towards renewable energy.
  • Many of the savings that can be achieved are at no cost or low cost to the business, with simple steps delivering excellent results.

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