Free Energy Master Classes Light the Way to Cutting Energy Costs

Businesses can cut energy, waste and water costs by up to 50% below the Irish average by implementing efficient environmental strategies, according to the Green Hospitality Programme (GHP). The GHP is calling on businesses to be more aware of the opportunities available to them if they ‘go green’.

The GHP, an Irish certification programme designed for the tourism and hospitality industry which awards businesses who meet prescribed environmental criteria, is highlighting the many benefits of good environmental practice to Irish businesses through a series of free workshops around the country in 2011. The next stage in the workshop series will take place in Dublin and Cork, and the GHP is inviting interested hospitality businesses to attend to find out how easy it is to become more environmentally friendly and reduce costs as a result.

The upcoming workshops in Dublin and Cork will include a special Energy Master Class on the following topics: ‘Buying Energy Smartly’, ‘Power Optimisation’ ‘21st Century Lighting for Hospitality Businesses’. There will also be two general workshops on in each location – one for certified GHP members and one for new members or interested parties who want to learn more about the certification process. All Green Hospitality members are encouraged to attend one of the workshops in order to keep informed of developments in environmental management and developments in the GHP.

“Our hotel and guesthouse members have made savings of up to €2,000 per bedroom annually by being environmentally proactive. This can make a significant difference to businesses looking to compete in these challenging times,” points out said James Hogan, director of GHP. “By adopting the green criteria, they are not only having a positive impact on their bottom line, but also they are also achieving an internationally recognised environmental certification, becoming legally compliant and tapping into a whole new market both in Ireland and abroad which is demanding environmentally friendly businesses”

Upcoming Green Hospitality Workshops:

* 20th April, International Airport Hotel, Cork.

* 4th May, Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin.

The workshops are free of charge and open to anyone who might be interested. For more information or to register your attendance for a workshop, email or phone Mary Hilliard on 021-435 4688. Alternatively visit

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