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It's time for Climate Action planning Prioritise Climate Action planning in your business The global & national context Kickstarting your Climate Action journey 5 tips for priority Climate Actions Climate Action guides
It's time for Climate Action planning
Did you know that Ireland has committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050?
At Fáilte Ireland, we are calling out Driving Climate Action as a Strategic Priority, helping tourism and hospitality businesses contribute to these targets. Not only will your business become more sustainable, but you’ll learn how to introduce efficient cost saving measures.
To help you get started, we are providing a practical Climate Action Roadmap with a series of guides for your Climate Action journey.
This roadmap is a key tool to drive and navigate you along the Climate Action path of carbon reduction and introduces you to the key areas defining the climate impact of your business.
Once you have established how your business can prioritise Climate Action, check out the other guides for tips and tools to progress your journey in key areas including: This
Calculator can help you establish the
footprint of your business. Find out about the Climate Toolkit 4 Business here
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Prioritise Climate Action planning in your business
Climate Action is a global initiative and a major player in tourism business development. Committing to Climate Action makes your business more sustainable and helps to cut costs in several key areas. Here are just some of the benefits…
TOP TIP Check out climatejargonbuster.ie a website that explains common Climate Action terms clearly and concisely.
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Climate Action planning in your business
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BENEFITS OF CLIMATE ACTION PLANNING
BUILD BUSINESS RESILIENCE FOR THE FUTURE
We are in transition to a low carbon society, and this will shape our economy in the next decade. Start planning for the renewable energy and low carbon supply chain your business will use in the future.
REDUCE BUSINESS COSTS
Reducing carbon emissions means reducing consumption, which leads directly to a reduction in bottom-line costs for your business. Climate Action measures can help your business reduce and avoid carbon taxes.
BOOST YOUR BUSINESS BRAND AND REPUTATION
It’s important to demonstrate that your business is playing its part in tackling climate change. This boosts your brand and reputation, enhances your marketing and sales activity, and appeals to prospective employees.
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Customers and clients are increasingly motivated to be more sustainable. Sustainability practices are a key decisionmaking factor for conference, meeting, and event managers. Taking Climate Action helps you deliver on the expectations of your customers, clients, and your staff.
CLIMATE ACTION AREAS THAT CAN HELP REDUCE EMISSIONS
Managing energy more efficiently
Switching to renewable energy
Managing all waste (especially food waste) more efficiently
Switching to renewable options for transport
Creating more sustainable buildings
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The global & national context
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND AGENDA 2030
In 2015, world leaders came together to agree a global framework for Sustainable Development, known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN Agreement that supports these goals is commonly referred to as Agenda 2030. There are 17 interlinked goals across Climate Action, community, biodiversity, equality, poverty, education, health, and the economy. The aim is to achieve them by 2030,
working together to end poverty, protect the planet and strive for peace and prosperity.
193 countries, including Ireland, signed up to Agenda 2030, showing commitment to a sustainable future.
THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND AGENDA 2030
The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) says “Climate Action is understood as the efforts to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen adaptive capacity to climate induced impacts”.
Goal 13 relates to Climate Action and calls for urgent action to combat climate change. The Global Goal is
to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
To achieve this, it is necessary to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Irish Government has committed to cutting emissions in half by 2030 and to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, which means removing almost all emissions from business.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Here, we discuss what carbon footprint means for your business and how you can reduce this going forward. Learn about different types of emissions and the actions you can take to reduce these emissions.
Jargon Buster CARBON FOOTPRINT EXPLAINED
’Carbon Footprint’ is the term used to describe the total amount of emissions produced by your business in a calendar year, think of it as the greenhouse gas emissions caused directly or indirectly by your business. It is measured in metric tonnes of carbon per annum.
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The global & national context
Let’s discuss the different types of emissions and how you can take various actions to combat the impacts of these emissions.
SCOPE 1 GREENHOUSE GAS
Emissions your business produces directly e.g., through burning fossil fuels such as gas/oil to run your heating system.
SCOPE 2 GREENHOUSE GAS
Emissions your business produces indirectly e.g., when you import electricity produced by power stations burning fossil fuel.
SCOPE 3 EMISSIONS
All the emissions not directly owned/controlled by your business, but that you are
indirectly responsible for through your supply chain e.g., through the products you buy from suppliers such as food.
THE SCOPE BREAKDOWN
Emissions are categorised as either Scope 1, Scope 2, or Scope 3. Let’s identify actions for all three emission types:
SCOPE 1 - ACTIONS
Use less energy derived from fossil fuels.
Implement energy efficiency measures – through staff training and more efficient equipment.
SCOPE 2 - ACTIONS SCOPE 3 - ACTIONS
Switch to renewable electricity sources.
Switch to a certified green electricity supplier.
Reduce general waste.
Minimize food waste.
Encourage and empower customers and staff to travel sustainably.
You can measure your Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions all you need are figures for annual consumption of fuel and electricity. It’s more difficult to precisely measure Scope 3 emissions, but you can measure and track reductions over time.
When you have done everything possible internally to reduce carbon emissions, consider buying carbon offsets i.e. credits purchased to negate a carbon footprint.
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GREENHOUSE GASES (GHGS)
These are gases in the earth's atmosphere that allow the sun's rays to pass through and warm the planet, but prevent the warmth from escaping the atmosphere into space. Without them, Earth would be too cold to sustain life. There are several different greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone. The gases have different impacts on global warming methane has about 23 times the impact of carbon dioxide.
CO2: CARBON DIOXIDE
As it’s the most prevalent gas (after water vapour), it has become the proxy by which we speak about and measure greenhouse gas emissions.
How to kickstart your Climate Action journey
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8 STEPS TO YOUR CLIMATE ACTION JOURNEY COMMIT TO CLIMATE ACTION RAISE STAFF AWARENESS APPOINT A GREEN TEAM CREATE AN IMPROVEMENT ACTION PLAN GATHER RELEVANT DATA CALCULATE CARBON FOOTPRINT IDENTIFY TARGETS & ACTIONS REVIEW & REPORT ON PROGRESS 3 1 2 7 4 5 6 8
Improve the climate impact of your business through systematically implementing actions in the areas of energy, water, and waste. Your plan should address other Climate Action areas such as biodiversity and carbon off-setting, and this roadmap includes everything you need to get started.
Who should be on the Green Team?
The Green Team may vary in size, consider including:
a Green Leader or Green Champion
general managers and heads of department
the head chef and other chefs
staff from finance and purchasing
other staff as appropriate e.g., housekeeping for waste, kitchen porter or grounds maintenance for water
8 STEPS OF YOUR CLIMATE ACTION JOURNEY:
DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT OF OWNERS AND SENIOR MANAGEMENT
Committed leadership from leaders and managers is the essential first step. Reducing carbon emissions is a journey and staff members need to get the time and training to implement changes. This comes through top level management making a conscious decision to change and creating the conditions for that to happen.
SET UP A GREEN TEAM AND APPOINT A GREEN CHAMPION
The Green Team is responsible for: gathering data to measure the sustainability of the business creating and implementing the Climate Action plan developing training and awareness raising initiatives reviewing actions undertaken and planning future actions
Choose a Green Leader who is respected and who has a natural passion for the area.
03 RAISE STAFF AWARENESS OF YOUR CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
A key role for the Green Team is to communicate the Climate Action policy to staff. All team members should be aware of your Climate Action plan and the ways they can help achieve targets. Make training available on waste prevention and segregation, efficient use of equipment and conserving water.
Kickstart your Climate Action journey
Describes the practice of promoting a business, product, or service as environmentally responsible when it’s not. It’s a practice of making false and misleading claims about one’s green credentials.
04 GATHER AND REVIEW DATA
Task the Green Team with gathering Data on energy consumption, water consumption and waste generation, so you can estimate the carbon footprint of your business.
Establish your starting point as this is the benchmark against which you can compare future performance. Get the information you need from your service provider bills, including the total amount of energy consumed by your business and the total costs.
05 CALCULATE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Once you know your energy and water usage and your waste weight data, use the Carbon Calculator to estimate your on-site carbon footprint.
IDENTIFY IMPROVEMENT TARGETS AND ACTIONS
The Green Team can brainstorm actions that reduce emissions by: inviting suggestions from staff. looking at what other businesses are doing.
reviewing the suggested actions in our companion
guides on Energy, Water, Waste, Meetings & Events, Festivals, Biodiversity and Carbon Off-setting.
reviewing options suggested in other Government guidance (check out the resources in each section of this roadmap)
PREPARE AND IMPLEMENT AN IMPROVEMENT ACTION PLAN
It’s time to prioritise and identify actions. Decide what success looks like, be realistic about the time and resources available and set targets. Invite suggestions
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from staff on how the Climate Action Plan could be implemented, introducing incentives or reward schemes that will motivate your team to get involved.
Estimate expected costs and cost savings for each action and consider the cost benefit. Not every action costs money and there are ‘early wins’ that require no or low investment.
Set specific, measurable goals and assign a person/team and deadline to each one.
Below is a sample template for an Improvement Action Plan.
08REVIEW AND REPORT ON PROGRESS
Monitor progress so you can track changes to your carbon footprint over time: task your Green Team to meet periodically e.g., monthly have a set agenda for each meeting:
• review of progress against agreed actions
• identification of any additional supports required to complete
• analysis of why actions were successful or not
• review of actual savings achieved versus expected
• feedback from the team members and wider staff
• suggestions for improvement or further training
• targets for next period
Undertaking regular reviews, providing updates on progress, and highlighting any issues you have encountered will help to alleviate fears of greenwashing and prevent negative feedback.
ACTION PLAN TARGET: ACTIONS TO ACHIEVE THIS TARGET: NO: ACTION WHO WILL DO IT? BY WHEN? RESOURCES REQUIRED
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5 tips for priority Climate Actions
Our Climate Action guides are packed with ideas to help reduce your carbon footprint. Before you dive in to the other guides, here are the key priorities to kickstart your journey.
1 Measure and monitor Establish how much energy your business uses and commit to tracking this over time. Your service provider can help with sharing annual consumption figures.
2 Wherever possible, switch to a Green Energy supplier or a renewable energy source such as solar PV (photovoltaics), wood pellet, bio-LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), heat pumps, and wind. Learn more about becoming energy efficient on Fáilte Ireland’s Business Supports Hub.
3 Introduce a strict policy of turning off all equipment when not in use.
4 Focus on food and minimise food waste.
5 Switch to a local supplier for food or materials that you regularly purchase – not only does this reduce transport costs and emissions, but it also supports the local economy.
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Priority Climate Actions
Fáilte Ireland Business Supports Hub has information on energy and food waste management training.
Irish Water provides free online Water Stewardship Training.
Mywaste.ie has lots of ideas and resources to help improve waste management.
The SEAI Energy Academy provides free online energy training for tourism businesses to help staff identify energy and cost savings for your business. Find resources to help run behaviour change campaigns in the workplace.
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Climate Action Guides
Explore our series of guides as part of Fáilte Ireland’s Driving Action on Climate Change in tourism businesses. You can find links to all the others in the series to help you on your climate action journey here.
CLIMATE ACTION STORY
Learn how to promote your Climate Action initiatives to the consumer.
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Climate Action guides
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HOW TO FIND OUT MORE
Just click on the covers below to access each guide in our series.
Learn how minimising energy consumption using renewable energy alternatives will save costs and reduce carbon emissions.
Explore our guide for suggestions on how your business can reduce water consumption, resulting in a lower water bill.
Find out how waste management can reduce your carbon footprint which can directly lead to cost-savings.
Read our advice for tourism businesses who wish to complement their reduction strategies by offsetting emissions.
Find out how enhancing biodiversity in your business or location is a great place to start actioning climate change.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Learn how to run a climate-friendly meeting or event that incorporates environmental considerations.
Discover more about the importance of festivals for climate action from applying influence and inspiration to engaging with audiences.
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