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24th Oct 2019

This is the first carbon neutral hotel in Ireland

Sarah Finnan

Hotel Doolin, in the heart of Co Clare, has been revealed as Ireland’s first hotel to be awarded carbon neutral status.

Recognised by the Green Hospitality Programme, a national resource for sustainable and responsible tourism in Ireland, the hotel was honoured for driving sustainability standards in Irish hospitality.

The award comes following a number of years’ focus and investment on a comprehensive carbon and energy reduction programme. It’s now the only premises in the country to have achieved a ‘Carbon Neutral12 GREENMark’ award.

Changes made within the hotel to get it to where it is including the transformation of its oil-based heating system to an ambient air to water system and the replacement of an events marquee with an Eco-Barn for weddings and events.

And get this…hotel staff plant ten native trees for every wedding held at the hotel. Over 1,700 trees have been planted in the last two years, how cool is that?

With a complete ban on plastic bottles and single-use items – napkins are reusable and toilet paper is made from recyclable materials, the commitment to futureproofing is evident.

Even the rainwater is harvested, and 75 percent of food supplied to the hotel is locally sourced within a 50km radius.

General Manager of the hotel, Dónal Minihane said: “we’re a small hotel in the west of Ireland but we do feel a responsibility to lead the way in providing sustainable hospitality”.

With an increasing demand for more eco-friendly options, it’s great to see Irish businesses leading by example.

(Header photo: Hotel Doolin Instagram page)

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