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2015 GHP Responsible Travel & Tourism Conference
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 2014 member information requirements.

For the 2014 Member Questionnaire please click here.......  

For a Sample Business Description please click here.....

For the Annual Certified Member Return please click here......

For the Annual Gold/Platinum Report please click here..... 

As soon as you have completed these email them to info@greenhospitality.ie

Don't forget to include any other required documents, photographs etc. 

How the Programme works?

For 2013 there will be three certification standards available – Eco-label, Award and the new Eco-tourism label. 

Available for download:    Implementing the Green Hospitality Programme 


Green Hospitality Eco-label  

The Eco-label is seen as the first step on the road to Best Practice environmental management and is designed to start a business off on the process.  

The Eco-label consists of a set of mandatory requirements which all businesses are required to implement. These criteria are focused mainly on the business implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) and then generally measuring and assessing where the hotel stands in relation to Waste, Water, Energy, Biodiversity, Social Responsibility and Green Purchasing.  

A number of other actions are required based from a set of Optional Criteria – for the business to choose from.

This is a voluntary programme and the business is required to send in a completed form, consumption data, and following a Desk Audit, if the criteria have been met, the Eco-label will be awarded.

Within a 6 month period a verification visit will be made to the business to check the implementation and to verify the criteria are being implemented.  

The Eco-label is then valid for a three year period after which another verification visit will be made.  

An annual membership fee must be paid and each year the business must complete a self-audit form and provide consumption data.  

By implementing an EMS the business is developing the platform to allow it to go for the Award.  

Green Hospitality Award

 The Award offers three levels - Silver Award, Gold and Platinum. 

  • Silver Award– a good standard
  • Gold – Best Practice
  • Platinum – World Class Best Practice – this property represents excellence across all aspects of environmental management – This is available for the Hotel Sector only

All of these categories are judged with a series of Mandatory Requirements coupled with a scoring system based on a variety of Optional Requirements. 

All businesses also receive an on-site audit of their operation to ensure that the criteria are being achieved before the Award is issued. 

Award winners can stay at each level for an indefinite period – a veriication visit will be carried out every 3 years to ensure that the standards are being maintained. If a business wishes to move from one standard to a higher one an audit must be passed. 

An annual membership fee must be paid and each year the business must complete a self audit form and provide consumption data. 

The on-site audit carried out to achieve the award initially, maintain the award every 3rd year, or move to a higher award level, will be charged separately to the annual membership fee. A step-to-step Guide on achieving the Green Hospitality Award is available in our members section. 

Green Hospitality Eco-tourism label

The new Eco-tourism label was launched in late 2013  

Why a new label? 

The current GHP eco-labels are focused very much on the built environment and take a Responsible approach to the environment and sustainability.  We recognise that almost every member has a negative impact on the environment but are working to minimise that impact and be as responsible as they can.

Eco Tourism is a different yet complementary form of environmental tourism.  The Ecotourism Society defined it in 1991 as "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people"

Eco Tourism  is designed to offer an experience which allows interaction with the natural environment, resources and culture of an area.  

This new certification eco-label will recognise those businesses that can be defined within the scope of eco-tourism with a set of criteria that are relevant to their operations.

 

 

 


 






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