Emlagh House Receive Eco Business Award
Corca Dhuibne Glas, in conjunction with the EPA Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) programme and the Regional Waste Management Office are delighted to announce that 26 companies on the Dingle Peninsula have been awarded the Corca Dhuibhne Glas - Dingle Peninsula Eco Award.
The award is an environmental training and consultancy programme which was launched in May 2011. The programme is supported locally by Dingle Peninsula Tourism, MFG, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dingle Chamber of Commerce, Kerry County Council and Transition Town Corca Dhuibhne.
The award was open to all businesses on the Dingle Peninsula to join and the initiative is geared specifically for small to medium enterprises. Through participation in this local award scheme the businesses involved engaged in the programme which aims to reduce and implement best practice in waste management, lower energy consumption and reduce their water usage, thus reducing costs to the businesses while lessening the companies' impact on the environment. The companies are also rewarded for encouraging the use of local produce and products, encouraging environmental transport options, appointing a "green team" and setting out an environmental improvement policy for their business showing how they are constantly looking for ways to improve. The businesses will also receive acknowledgement from customers and staff of a progressive business concerned with their environment, compliance with environmental standards and legislation and training for the staff in best practices in waste management.
The businesses involved were inspected in June by an independent auditor appointed by the LAPN / EPA to oversee the Programme. 33 Businesses in total are taking part in the programme, and following the audit procedure 26 companies were successful and have received the Corca Dhuibhne Glas award. Successful businesses are entitled to display the Corca Dhuibhne Glas Award mark demonstrating their commitment to environmental best practice in the locality. This award will be recognised by all agencies and will be a vital tool in promoting business in a growing environmentally conscience market.
It is planned to hold the official awards ceremony during the Dingle Food and Wine festival from 30th September 2nd October. The initiative is part of an overall ambition to get "Green destination" status for the Dingle Peninsula and to develop the peninsula as a leader in Green Area Tourism and Green business development. Look out for the Gradam Feabhais Sticker in participating businesses throughout the Peninsula.