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50 Shades Greener Award presented to Cork International Hotel

Cork International Hotel Wins 50 Shades Greener Award

Cork International Hotel was the first hotel business in Cork to receive the 50 Shades Greener award on Wednesday morning, following their completion of a new programme offered by Cork College of FET’s Bishopstown Campus in conjunction with SOLAS.

The programme aims to reduce carbon emissions within the tourism and hospitality industry, in addition to making energy and waste cost savings for hotels.

The aim of this project is to provide businesses within the tourism and hospitality industry with the knowledge and skills required to be able to control and reduce their use of utilities and Cork International Airport Hotel is the first hotel in Cork to complete it.

50 shades greenerThe programme is focussed on three key pillars of sustainability- energy, water and waste, with the below included as part of the course outline:

  • Provision to establish baselines and Green KPI’s (Carbon calculations)
  • Monthly benchmarking of utilities
  • Short and easy to follow videos to train all staff members of each organisation

It is hoped that this reduction of utilities will result in businesses achieving the ambitious goal of lowering their carbon footprint, reducing energy consumption and waste, and thus contributing to a reduction of the overall running costs of the business.

Speaking in relation to the programme, Fiona Sneddon, Manager of Cork College of FET’s Bishopstown Campus said she welcomed Cork International Hotel’s participation in the project

She said: “I am delighted that to present Cork International Hotel with their award for their completion of this programme and hope that they will be the first of many in Cork to receive leadership and guidance from 50 Shades Greener in relation to their environmental and sustainability practices. It’s never been a more appropriate time to become more energy and fuel aware and we hope that businesses within the tourism and hotel industry will take this opportunity to get hands on and expert advice and utilise it going forward into a more sustainable future, lowering both their carbon footprint emissions and making savings in both their energy and waste costs.

“I would encourage any businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry who would like to follow suit to visit the following website to register their interest – Green training for the Hospitality Industry (fiftyshadesgreener.ie),” Ms. Sneddon added.

Edel Kavanagh, Front Office Manager and Greening Manager for Cork International Hotel said that their completion of the programme was in line with strategic pillars of Environment, Sustainability, Diversity, Inclusion and Community for the Trigon Hotel Group.

She said: “Completion of this programme has paved the way for us to implement a number of projects and has been instrumental in helping us on the path to a more sustainable future and have now been awarded a Visit Cork Green Award.

“We also have a greening team and manifesto and have invested in training ‘green leaders’ and team members to embed a strong sustainability culture within the workplace, our restaurant is supplied with fresh herbs and vegetables and we are participants in the Irish Pollinator Plan,”

“This was an invaluable programme to participate in and we would like to express our thanks to Cork College of FET’s Bishopstown Campus, Cork Education and Training Board and 50 Shades Greener for their support, guidance and insight in helping us to achieve our greener ambitions,” Ms. Kavanagh concluded.

The 50 Shades Greener programme is designed to accommodate businesses working on busy schedules and offers a flexible model of delivery with a self-directed online programme in support of industry needs.

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