Green Events

Proud to be part of the Emerald Isle, Kerry is committed to ‘keeping it green’

The Kingdom of Kerry has no shortage of both greenery and green initiatives.

Kerry Convention Bureau is constantly striving to work with our members to innovate and improve on new ways to be greener than before, pushing to bring sustainability to the forefront of the industry and at the heart of what we do.

All Kerry Convention Bureau familiarisation programmes and events are paper & single use plastic free.

We are members of Sustainable Travel Ireland and Green Travel and work closely with organisations such as Sustainable Events Alliance and Fifty Shades Greener to stay informed and ensure that we are adopting best practice, accessing current training opportunities and in turn, sharing these with our members.

Why Kerry for Green Events

Proud to be part of the Emerald Isle, Kerry is committed to ‘Keeping it Green’, putting the focus on protecting the environment and developing a green economy.

Home to both Siamsa Tíre, Ireland’s first accredited Green Theatre and Events Centre and The Europe Hotel & Resort, who operate on 100% green renewable energy, we are committed to working with all our industry partners across the region to promote sustainability within the MICE industry. Our objective is to make having a green meeting easy!

For a detailed guide on running Green Meetings and Events in Ireland, please click here +

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Killarney Hotels Sustainability Group

Kerry’s commitment to Sustainability is reinforced by activities of the Killarney Hotels Sustainability Group (KHSG)

The group is made up of 22 Kerry Convention Bureau member hotels in the Killarney area, representing over 2,500 bedrooms. It is the first sector-based Sustainability Group in Ireland and the member hotels, represented by Owners and General Managers of each property all have sustainability at the core of their values.

For 2020, all member hotels committed to reduce their carbon emissions by 25% and to eliminate Single Use Plastic from their Operations. The group aims to bring in more hotels from the Killarney area in the coming months and influence the Retail and Bar / Restaurant sector to make sustainability improvements as well.

Carbon Offsetting For Event Planners and the Irish Tourism Industry

Reducing your carbon footprint is a highly recommended step for event planners and tourism businesses that care about our climate and their emission levels. We strongly encourage visiting event planners, KCB Members and our industry partners to consider offsetting any emissions they produce.

Kerry Convention Bureau works with two organisations who offer Carbon Offsetting initiatives; Sustainable Travel Ireland and Flogas.

Both organisations have partnered with South Pole, a gold standard provider of emissions-reduction projects worldwide.

Sustainable Travel Ireland have created a group carbon-offset scheme for the Irish tourism industry, which can also be utilised by event planners when holding events in Kerry.

The scheme offers a wide array of internationally accredited offsetting projects, including hydropower, clean drinking water and forest protection schemes.

Visit Sustainable Travel Ireland for more information and handy tools to calculate and offset through one of its chosen high-impact projects. and note, members of Sustainable Travel Ireland can avail of discounted rates.

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Member Hotels of Kerry Convention Bureau, who are or become customers of Flogas, can avail of the carbon offsetting scheme currently offered by Flogas to all its business customers throughout Ireland.

For a minimal fee, Flogas will purchase carbon credits on behalf of commercial customers, investing in sustainable global projects that either reduce or capture an equivalent amount of carbon emissions.

Examples of the supported projects include forest protection, providing access to clean and efficient LPG cookstoves, supporting renewable energy projects and wastewater treatment and biogas utilisation projects. For more information on how to get involved, contact Flogas

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The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaux, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their regions and in the global events industry. It aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.

To be considered for inclusion, MICE destinations from around the world complete a comprehensive annual submission process and are assessed on factors such as the environment, social indexes, supplier performance and the convention bureau itself. The index is then used by event planners as a resource when searching for sustainable destinations in which to hold events.

Kerry made its first entry on to the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) in 2018 and in 2019, was delighted to be ranked #20. In just one year, Kerry moved up 17 places on the Index and took out the #1 position on the Most Improved Destination leader board.

Fáilte Ireland Meet In Ireland Convention Bureaux partnership of Dublin, Shannon, Galway, Cork and Kerry was also recognised with the 2019 inaugural GDS-Index Improver Award being presented to Ireland. In the past, the award has only been given to individual cities, but in recognition of the overall improvement from all of Ireland’s Regional Convention Bureaux, the award was given at a national level to recognise the efforts of the entire country with Meet In Ireland commended as a great example of regional collaboration.

Kerry is extremely proud to now be ranked alongside key global MICE destinations including Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Sydney, Melbourne, Dublin, Galway, Helsinki, Stockholm and Brussels.

A typical five-day conference with 2,500 attendees consumes up to…

62500

disposable plates
87500

napkins
75000

cups
90000

cans or bottles

Global Destination Sustainability Index

The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaux, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their regions and in the global events industry.

Kerry made its first entry on to the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) in 2018 and in 2019, was delighted to be ranked #20. In just one year, Kerry moved up 17 places on the Index and took out the #1 position on the Most Improved Destination leader board.

Fáilte Ireland Meet In Ireland Convention Bureaux partnership of Dublin, Shannon, Galway, Cork and Kerry was also recognised with the 2019 inaugural GDS-Index Improver Award being presented to Ireland.

In the past, the award has only been given to individual cities, but in recognition of the overall improvement from all of Ireland’s Regional Convention Bureaux, the award was given at a national level to recognise the efforts of the entire country with Meet In Ireland commended as a great example of regional collaboration.

Kerry is extremely proud to now be ranked alongside key global MICE destinations including Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Sydney, Melbourne, Dublin, Galway, Helsinki, Stockholm and Brussels.

It aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.

To be considered for inclusion, MICE destinations from around the world complete a comprehensive annual submission process and are assessed on factors such as the environment, social indexes, supplier performance and the convention bureau itself.

The index is then used by event planners as a resource when searching for sustainable destinations in which to hold events.

A typical five-day conference with 2,500 attendees consumes up to…

62500

disposable plates
87500

napkins
75000

cups
90000

cans or bottles

Sustainability Policy

Working closely in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, our National Tourist Development Authority, we share the same mandate, mission, values and vision when it comes to sustainability.

Within KCB, it is our objective to adopt the UNWTO definition of sustainable tourism; ‘Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities’ and we want to work with our suppliers and community to make Kerry a sustainable destination for MICE events and tourism as a whole.

Please click here to view the full policy +

Green Procurement Policy

Kerry Convention Bureau’s Green Procurement Policy is a process where we seek to source goods, services or works with a reduced environmental impact. We commit to promoting green procurement, in order to support our Sustainable Destination strategy and to align with both Ireland’s environmental and wider sustainable development objectives and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We endeavour to minimise the environmental ‘footprints’ of our procurement activities by purchasing products and services that cause minimal adverse environmental impacts while offering high quality products and services at competitive prices.

Please click here to view the full policy +

Keeping It Green Initiatives

Here are some local ‘Keep It Green’ initiatives and practical suggestions to consider when planning your meeting in Kerry:

 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. 

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.

 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

 Transport

  • Due to the close proximity of our Convention Centre, hotels and venues to each other within each of our destinations, delegates are able to easily walk between locations, without the need for dedicated transport
  • Many hotel properties offer complimentary bike hire and our destinations are extremely easy to navigate by bike

 Venue & Accommodation

  • Encourage delegates to 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

 Purchasing & Waste

  • Think Reduce-Reuse-Recycle for event materials and communications
  • Keep it digital where you can; electronic invitations, registration, follow ups etc

Case Studies

December 4, 2019

European Outdoor Educators Conference

The EOE conference is the annual event of the European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning. This was the first occasion that the event was held in Ireland. This year’s conference was hosted by Institute of Technology Tralee. IT Tralee holds the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.

The EOE Network is a vibrant association of outdoor education practitioners and academics from around Europe, with other delegates attending from across the globe. The three-day conference reflected that mix with practitioner case studies, practical workshops and academic presentations.

Green Suppliers

If you’re looking for a venue that cares for the environment as much as you do, Kerry has a range of venues with environmental and sustainability policies that will assist you to reduce your event’s carbon footprint. 

Make an easy and well-informed choice with our list of Green Meeting suppliers who are as passionate about the environment and sustainability as you are.

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

A five star luxury resort, located just a few minutes from Killarney town in the South West of Ireland. Nestled on the hillside with outstanding views of the Lakes of Killarney…

Brehon Hotel

Since opening in 2004, The Brehon has prided itself on being one of Killarney’s premier providers of superior, quality and service.

Gleneagle Hotel

With over 245 guests bedroom, choice of bars, restaurants, leisure centre, shop, hair and beauty salon, pitch’n putt course and two tennis courts all onsite.

Killarney Convention Centre

Situated in Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland, Killarney Convention Centre is Ireland’s largest, versatile and outstanding venues for international conferences and events outside of Dublin.

Killarney Race Company DAC

As a venue, Killarney Racecourse offers its clients, and their visitors, a unique venue experience with stunning views and fantastic facilities. We cater for events of all sizes, from the smallest intimate gathering, to the grandest occasion.

Muckross Park Hotel

Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is a 5* multi award winning hotel which is situated on the Ring of Kerry and located in the heart of Killarney National Park, yet only a five minute drive from Killarney town.

Muckross Traditional Farms

The Traditional Farms are a recreation of a rural towns land in the Ireland of the 1930’s. They are actual working farms complete with people and animals.

Parknasilla Resort & Spa

Parknasilla Resort & Spa enjoys a rich heritage dating back to 1895. Built in a Manor House style, it sits majestically at the waters edge amidst a tropical paradise comprising of islands, inlets and hidden beaches along the Ring of Kerry and The Wild Atlantic Way.

Siamsa Tíre – National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Located on the Wild Atlantic Way in Tralee, County Kerry, Siamsa Tíre is a guaranteed Irish cultural highlight!

Sneem Hotel

Sneem Hotel sits on the shores of Kenmare Bay with panoramic views looking across the Bay. It offers the perfect backdrop in Kerry for conferences, group lunches, team building activities in Kerry, meetings and incentive trips.

The Europe Hotel & Resort

The Europe Hotel & Resort is a multi-award winning five star hotel in a breath-taking location on the Lakes of Killarney. It includes a stunning 4500 m2 lakeshore spa, numerous private dining options and a state of the art meeting and events centre.

The Killarney Park

Reflecting its location, the hotel offers guests the ultimate in luxury in comfortable yet contemporary surroundings, whilst at all times offering flawless service and ‘warmth beyond the smile’.

The Lake Hotel

The Lake Hotel offers a truly exceptional location and something very unique for its visitors. Located on the Lake Shore, overlooking the breath taking lakes of Killarney, the hotel is laced in history and family owned

The Rose Hotel

The Rose Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Kerry’s Wild Atlantic Way; within easy access of the hotel you can discover the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, or play golf on the world acclaimed Tralee Golf Club.

The Ross Hotel

Sister property to the award-winning 5-star Killarney Park Hotel and located just across the street, The Ross can act as a supplement to its 67 bedroom sibling.

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