Dún Laoghaire Marina, Ireland’s largest coastal marina, has been awarded EcoMerit Environmental Certification in recognition of the work it does in striving for continuous environmental improvement in line with the requirements of the EcoMerit Programme.
The Certificate is valid for three years subject to annual surveillance of the Marina’s commitment to fulfilling the objectives of its environmental plan, which includes upgrading CFL lights with LED alternatives and fitting motion sensors to improve energy efficiency. The environmental plan also sets out objectives in relation to improving waste segregation for recycling, investigating ways to conserve water and the installation of solar panels to generate electricity.
Speaking at the presentation of the Certification, An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Ossian Smyth said, “It is a great privilege to award the EcoMerit Environmental Certification to Dún Laoghaire Marina, the first marina in the country to achieve this certification. The Marina has committed to thirty one specific actions to reduce the environmental impact of its operations in Dún Laoghaire Harbour by 2020.”
On receiving the Award, Paal Janson, General Manager, Dún Laoghaire Marina, commented, “At Dún Laoghaire Marina, sustainability is one of our core values. As Ireland’s largest coastal marina, we have a strong focus on our environmental impact, and we are committed to continuously improving our performance in a measurable way. We are delighted to receive this EcoMerit Certification, and we are looking forward to using the programme to help us meet our environmental improvement goals.”
The EcoMerit Certification was awarded to Dún Laoghaire Marina following approval by a steering committee comprising Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Regional Waste Management Offices, environmental consultancy, Econcertive, and the Environmental Protection Agency.