Why Dublin for Sustainability

As part of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is no exception in being green
We’re home to the world’s first carbon neutral convention centre
and Europe’s most sustainable hotel!
So having a green meeting is easy!

 

As part of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is no exception in being green. At the end of 2017, Dublin became part of the Global Destination Sustainability Index and the Dublin Convention Bureau is making every effort to promote sustainability within the MICE industry. We’re home to the world’s first carbon neutral convention centre and Europe’s most sustainable hotel so having a green meeting is easy! Here are some key area’s to take into account when planning your meeting in Dublin: 

 

Transport

  • Walk or take public transport. The Luas, Dublin Bus and the Dart all run regularly to link up the city. 
  • Dublin has a large taxi fleet that includes drivers using electric cars. 
  • Dublin Bikes provide the option to cycle around the city; there are multiple stations across the city to pick up or drop off a bicycle.

 

Purchasing & Waste

  • Think Reduce-Reuse-Recycle for event materials and communications.
  • Keep it digital where you can – electronic invitations, registration, follow ups etc. 
  • Use vegetable based inks, lightest possible weight paper and materials from recycled sources.  

 

Food & Drink 

  • Vegetarian and vegan options are more environmentally friendly and often tend to be cheaper, so make sure to incorporate some meat free options into your menu. 
  • Tap water is a sustainable choice with no transportation or waste packaging. Use glasses and water jugs over single use plastic bottles. 
  • Opt for local, seasonal and organic produce. 
  • Choose ethical, eco and fair trade options.
  • Select local catering companies that have environmental credentials. 
  • Plan functions to avoid disposable items (cups etc.) and avoid single use portion items (jams, sugars etc.) 
  • Inform caters of the exact number of attendees to avoid waste, and offer half portions for children. 

 

Venue & Accommodation 

  • Stay in close proximity to the event venue.  
  • Choose accommodation providers that have an environmental certification. 
  • Choose an event venue that has an environmental certification. 
  • Ensure that accommodation options are within walking distance to the event or have good public transportation links. 

 

Support the Local Community 

Leftover Food

Food Cloud will take donations of excess food from events, who will collect the food on site at no extra cost and arrange for distribution to appropriate charities. 

More Information: https://food.cloud/how-foodcloud-works/

Surplus Stock

Have something that could potentially be a raw material for another business (Such as cardboard boxes, wooden pallets etc.)? List it on Smile Exchange to reduce landfill waste and further a circular economy. 

More Information: http://www.smileexchange.ie/