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Environmental Policy

The Red Cow Moran Hotel is committed to minimising the adverse impact that our business activities have on the local & global environment. We will ensure our operations comply with Environmental Legislation and we will continually strive to improve our environmental performance

Communication:

  • We notify our stakeholders of our Environmental Commitment & Policies by various methods of internal & external communication

Green Teams:

  • We have an elected designated Green Team & Champion who monitors our progress and focuses on our development.
  • Our Action Plans are reviewed on a regular basis
  • The Green Team supports our managers & employees to work in an environmentally responsible manner and provide training when necessary
  • Our Green Team liaises with our product suppliers to ensure our staff are trained how to utilize products and services efficiently

Auditing:

  • We audit our waste, water and energy consumption on a monthly basis to identify areas where efficiency can be improved
  • We continually seek ways to improve the lifespan of products
  • We source environmentally friendly alternatives to our current fittings, fixtures and appliances
  • Our major plant equipment is serviced and reviewed on a regular basis

Procurement:

  • A Procurement Policy is in operation throughout The Company
  • The Company considers the environmental attributes of products & suppliers to determine the extent to which the specifications could provide an environmentally preferable option.
  • Where feasible, we source local products
  • We engage in Joint Procurement to reduce transport costs
  • When possible and where practical, we will reduce waste at source
  • We actively reduce the non-recyclable waste produced by the hotel

Activities:

The Red Cow Moran Hotel is enrolled on the Green Hospitality Program and has achieved the Eco label for our environmental performance.

Energy Management Systems:

  • We have a Green Team & Champion. They meet on a quarterly basis to discuss progress and identify areas where environmental improvements can be achieved
  • We have a Group Environmental & Purchasing Policy
  • A monthly Energy Management Benchmarking System is in operation and the hotel is monitored for waste, water and energy consumption

Energy Management Systems:

We have a recycling program in operation. We recycle:

  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Cans
  • Tetra pack
  • Compost
  • Ink cartridges
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Where possible, we donate items of clothing to charities and animal welfare societies

Bulk Purchasing /Reduced Packaging:

The following items are purchased in bulk therefore reducing packaging, transport and costs

  • Cooking oil
  • Chemicals
  • Towels & linen
  • Multi–use dispensers
  • Furniture
Training:

Our Managers, Green Team & Suppliers equip the departmental teams with the skills & knowledge to carry out their duties in an environmentally responsible manner.

Communication:

We provide information for guests on areas of local interest – historical, cultural, local biodiversity and how they can assist locally through minimising their impact. This information can be sourced from:

  • Our Guest Directories
  • The company websites
  • The reception areas

We provide information to guests on how to access the hotel via public transport

We have an information tent card located in bedrooms to advise guests that a towel re-use and waste separation system is in operation

Whenever possible, we contact guests and suppliers via email to reduce the amount of paper consumed by the company

Purchasing:

Moran Hotels has a list of approved suppliers who are selected by the Company Directors and the Purchasing Manager.

During the evaluation process, The Company considers the suppliers products and services to determine the extent to which the specifications could provide an environmentally preferable option

The company will purchase:

  • Reusable Products
  • Renewable Products
  • Compostable Products
  • Locally Sourced Products
  • Products with minimal packaging
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Reduced toxicity /eliminated products
  • Reduced water & air polluting products

Sourcing from Local Suppliers:

Where possible, we do our utmost to provide support to local enterprises such as:

  • Advertising in local newspapers
  • Recommending local shops, services & tourist attractions to our guests
  • Buying food produce from local suppliers

Preventative Maintenance:

Our properties have undertaken a 'Light Audit Study' and have been retrofitted with energy efficient bulbs in the most populated departments. This is an on-going project.

A 'Water Flow Rate' study has also been conducted and 'Low flow' water reducers have been installed in guest rooms where required
Internal & contract maintenance teams monitor our systems & services on a continual basis, they include:

  • Major plant equipment
  • Heating systems
  • Water systems
  • HVAC systems
  • Lighting systems
  • Water wells
  • Grease traps
  • Plumbing
  • CHP units

CHP units:

Combined Heat & Power units have been installed in most of Irish properties. The benefits of CHP systems are to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

  • Total system efficiencies of 75% to 85%
  • Cuts energy costs by as much as 40%
  • They significantly reduce emissions
  • They produce power at rates lower than electric utility
  • They reduce peak electric energy costs and demand charges
  • They recover and turn heat lost during power generation into usable thermal energy

CHP units:

Moran Hotels is participating in the 'Green Hotel Drive' scheme in conjunction with ESB ecars, Fáilte Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Hospitality Programme. Electric car charge points are being distributed to our Green Accredited hotels across Ireland as part of the nationwide charging infrastructure rollout.


 

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