Green Hospitality

Green Policy


Eco- friendly tourism & sustainability are two topics that the Falls Hotel & Spa is very dedicated to. We are lucky to be situated in one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, in the Cliffs of Moher & Burren Geopark, and as a responsible business we believe it is our duty to protect this environment, click here for more information on the Geopark.

 

BURREN ECO TOURISM NETWORK

B.E.N. is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable tourism for its members and for businesses interested in joining the Network.
The Network aims to be a recognisable network of enterprises in the Burren, who have achieved independent accreditation, demonstrate ecotourism ‘best practice’, positively discriminate in each other’s favour, provide ‘one voice’ representation on issues impacting the Burren (where appropriate), and inspire conservation activism.
The Burren Ecotourism Network and the Geopark have enjoyed a special relationship since 2008, when the Burren Connect Project first instigated the establishment of the Network. The two organisations now work in partnership, having agreed in late 2012 to pool their resources in pursuit of their common objective. Both organisations are committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. They work together to promote ‘The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning.

For more information on the Burren Eco Tourism Network and Events during 2017 please Click Here

LEAVE NO TRACE IRELAND

Leave No Trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes, increases. Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage.
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is partnering with Leave No Trace Ireland to identify and target opportunities for reducing environmental impact in recreational activity within the region.
At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are:
• Plan Ahead and Prepare
• Be Considerate of Others
• Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
• Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
• Leave What You Find
• Dispose of Waste Properly
• Minimise the Effects of Fire


The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility. It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.
Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.
To learn more about the Leave No Trace programme, click here

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT OPTIONS

To get to Ennistymon by Bus please click here from and to Ennis & Galway

GreenHospitality.ie

We are members of GreenHospitality.ie. This programme is the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Resource for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism in Ireland.  We are dedicated to supporting the industry in continually minimising their impact on the environment.

We Pride ourselves on sustainable development and strive to become as self-efficient as we can. The management and all our staff are dedicated to conducting business in a manner that reduces the effect on the environment.

Our core green principals are:

  • Efficient use of energy
  • Conservation of water
  • Waste Reduction 
  • Prevention of Pollution
  • Staff & Guest Awareness
  • Introduction of state of the art eco- friendly energy production methods  

Not only are we dedicated to becoming “greener”, but we have encouraged all our staff, contractors and suppliers to become involved also. Communication and training allows all to see the imperative impact that we can have on our surroundings.


We are doing the above through the following measures:

  • The hotel monitors it water consumption on a monthly basis to detect for leaks
  • We have purchased tap aerators for all the bedrooms to reduce the amount of water been consumed by guests
  • The hotel monitors its use of chemicals to try to reduce them year on year
  • We have a towel reuse program in each of our bedrooms
  • We have put energy efficient lights in as many hotel areas that were cost efficient to change
  • Our reservations team e-mail confirmation letters to guests to reduce the amount of paper used
  • We print on recycled paper
  • We are currently putting in a hydro electric turbine to harness the energy from the waterfall on the hotel grounds to reduce our consumption of carbon fuels
  • We have recycling points for batteries at the reception and also at the desk in the leisure centre
  • We recycle our light bulbs with weee Ireland  
  • Our showers and toilets in the leisure centre are sensor operated
  • We have push taps in the public toilets in the hotel
  • The urinals in the gents is controlled with the lights to reduce the water consumption
  • Our kitchen have started monitoring waste that goes off so we can try to use up food before it goes off
  • The kitchen also monitor’s the waste coming back off customers plates to see how we can reduce this
  • All our waste is collected for valid operator's which have provided us with their permits
  • We are members of Repack Ireland

 

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