The tourism industry is gathering at Croke Parke today to attend Fáilte Ireland's first national conference on driving climate action in tourism businesses.
The conference will provide practical supports for businesses in measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.
Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland said, "We're bringing best in class in sustainable practices to all of our product development. For example, we in Fáilte Ireland have been monitoring the environmental impact of the Wild Atlantic Way since it was first founded 10 years ago. Many in the tourism industry are doing excellent initiatives around sustainable practices.
"What today is really about, is to share those practices in this critical journey around climate action and reducing our carbon footprint."
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The Minister for Tourism will call on businesses in the sector to engage with sustainability targets for the sector, as it seeks to cut emissions as part of the Climate Action Plan.
Catherine Martin will address over 200 tourism businesses at a climate action conference.
The Green Party deputy leader will tell those gathered that achieving emission cuts will be challenging but that existing supports can be used to help improve energy efficiency.
She will also tell the event that a new Climate Action Fund, to be launched in the new year, will provide further supports to tourism businesses.
The Government is working on a new Sustainable Tourism Policy.
A public consultation will open early next year to feed into the new policy.
During today's event Fáilte Ireland will announce a new 'Climate Action Roadmap' for tourism. It has developed 8 expert Climate Action business guides tailored for the tourism sector.
"In order to reduce your carbon footprint, there is no one silver bullet, it's a huge range of small actions that together add up to a significant impact," Mr Kelly said. "Our guides cover things like energy usage and efficiency, management of water, management of waste, and things like carbon off-setting. They include practical tips like reducing the flow in showers in hotel bedrooms for example, and if you think about those rotary toasters that we see at breakfast in hotels, switching them off earlier or using different toasters."
He said training of staff on those initiatives can make a really big difference to the carbon footprint of a business.