At the annual Green Hospitality Awards ceremony, held in Killarney, County Kerry, 14 hotels and restaurants were applauded for their environmental initiatives and praised for helping their sector’s drive to become the ‘greenest’ in the whole of Europe.

Dromoland Castle was put forward for the annual award for the most improved water management system, having significantly reduced water usage and wastage at the historic site over the past few years.

Explaining the importance of the annual ceremony, Philippa King, waste co-ordinator at the Regional Waste Management Office (RMWO) in County Kerry, stated: “The scheme offers many incentives to participants.

“For example, they can reduce energy, waste and water costs by up to 40%, which is especially rewarding in the present harsh economic climate.

“Furthermore, being environmentally-friendly is a good selling point for any business.”

Despite these latest batch of awards, Green Hospitality Awards director Maurice Bergin has warned that the typical Irish hotel is up to 67% less energy efficient than the world average.

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