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06/09/19 €coMerit Award for Donegal Airport

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Pictured receiving €coMerit Environmental Certification for Donegal Airport is Sinead Ní Mhainnín,  Connacht Ulster WMO, Pauline Sweeney, Donegal Airport, Breandán Ó Baoill, Donegal Airport, Eilis Docherty, Donegal Airport, Steve O’Culain Chair of Donegal Airport, Anne Bonner, Donegal Airport and Suzanne Bogan, Donegal County Council.


The airport with the best scenic landing in the world has just been awarded €coMerit Environmental Certification for their commitment to continuous environmental improvement.


Donegal Airport, which has been named for the last two years running as having the most scenic landing in the world, are committed to making substantial improvements in their use of water and energy and in waste management.


Breandán Ó Baoill from Donegal Airport explains “we are delighted to receive this €coMerit Certification and are looking forward to using the programme to help us further meet our environmental sustainability goals over the coming years.


“We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment through reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimising waste, increasing recycling rates, reducing water consumption and becoming more energy efficient in the course of our business.”


He added “we have already put in place new waste segregation practices, upgraded sections of our lighting with LED alternatives, upgraded our hot water systems and are currently looking at power factor correction equipment to avoid low power factor surcharges”.


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Donegal Airport famed for having the best scenic landing in the world has just been awarded €coMerit Environmental Certification for their commitment to continuous environmental improvement.


“€coMerit is about empowering businesses and organisations to become more sustainable” says Sinead Ní Mhainnín Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Management Office.


“By identifying opportunities for cost-effective savings and improvement opportunities in the areas of waste, water and energy.  We help businesses focus on the simplest options which give the best return and we support them in implementing the necessary changes that will help businesses continuously improve their performance while increasing savings year-on-year”.


Donegal County Council has been supporting the roll out of EcoMerit in Donegal and Michael McGarvey Director of Service with the Council says“in collaboration with the Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Management Office, the Council offers SMEs support to become environmentally certified.


“I am delighted that Donegal Airport availed of this opportunity and is now certified as a green airport. Improvements undertaken such asupgrading lights with LED alternatives to improve energy efficiency, monitoring fuel usage and investigating ways to conserve water will all contribute to reducing the ariports carbon footprint”.


The €coMerit Certificate is valid for three years subject to annual review of Donegal Airports commitment to continuous environmental improvement


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