Our Green Credentials

As the world’s first carbon-neutral constructed convention centre, The Convention Centre Dublin is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues.

Having achieved ISO 14001 accreditation just one year after opening in 2010, we are committed to long-term sustainability. We consistently strive towards on-going improvement in our business practices with a view to leading environmental best practice across our industry.

From the energy we use, right through to our industry-leading recycling procedures, we have taken a vested interest in being a green venue throughout and specialise in hosting sustainable events.

Waste Management

Custom designed recycle-friendly binsWe have a comprehensive waste management policy in place to help manage the generation and segregation of waste, and we continually work hard to monitor and improve our recycling figures, which rank consistently above 95%. CCD Cleaning and CCD Hospitality work in tandem to assess how to best manage the creation, segregation and recycling of waste, not only generally within the building, but also for every event. As part of this initiative, we have custom-built recycle friendly bins to help delegates help us in our mission to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Eco Produce

CCD Hospitality take care to ensure that all their products are considered eco-friendly. We use 100% recycled napkins and wooden stir sticks, and all our disposable coffee cups are broken down to SRF waste. In addition, the vast majority of our food produce, including all beef and chicken supplies, are locally sourced. This ensures our meals are fresh and in season whilst also supporting local farmers. In addition, all chocolate, tea and coffee supplies are fair trade. While CCD Cleaning also use reusable micro-fibre cloths and mops made from recyclable materials that are laundered on site, as well as recycled paper products and re-fillable soap dispensers.


Location and Travel

The CCD is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport. With plenty of hotels, restaurants and entertainment within walking distance, your delegates will automatically reduce their carbon emissions without even realising it! In order to help delegates to keep their journey carbon neutral, we offer visitors the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions from all forms of transport using our online carbon calculator.

Water Usage

To ensure minimum water usage, we use sensor taps in all wash hand basins and sensor flushes in all urinals. The recent installation of a rainwater harvesting system also enables us to divert rain water to storage tanks for use in systems which use non-potable water. This rain water would otherwise have gone straight to the drainage network.

Lighting and Energy

We focus on reducing overall energy consumption by using a sustainable energy supplier and integrating sustainable systems such as our Integrated Building Automated System (IBAS). We have also installed a thermal wheel heat recovery system and an Ice Storage Thermal Unit (ISTU), which chills water overnight to form large ice blocks that melt during the day to provide air conditioning for the entire building.

Our clever building design makes use of natural light in all foyer spaces and small meeting rooms. Most of our meeting spaces are fitted with motion sensors, which automatically turn off lights when the room is empty, and all of our exterior lights use energy-saving LED bulbs. We also automatically activate sleep-mode for all PCs and equipment in the office.

A Sustainable Solution

In order to help delegates keep their journey carbon neutral, we offer visitors the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions using our online carbon calculator. We also offer advice and tips on how you can reduce the carbon footprint of your next event.

Our Health & Safety Policy

The Convention Centre Dublin’s (CCD) aim is to fulfil the objectives outlined in this Statement of Policy by way of proactive management. We aim to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all of our staff in The CCD and offices, Service Providers, sub-contractors and other third parties including patrons/visitors/members of the public.

The CCD aims to continually improve its health and safety performance by taking a proactive approach to health, safety and welfare as an integral part of managing its operations.

We are committed to identifying and then, so far as is reasonably practicable, eliminating, reducing and controlling risks and protecting the staff of The CCD and delegates/guests to The Convention Centre Dublin.

Responsibility for implementing this policy on health and safety is devolved through the management structure down to each member of staff. Senior Management is committed to providing the necessary resources and competencies for all staff through appropriate selection and supervision, instruction and training, which is appropriately designed and suitable for the task.
The objectives of The CCD Health and Safety Policy are:

  • To promote standards of health, safety and welfare within The CCD that comply with the provisions and requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 and all other statutory provisions and Codes of Practice in the Health and Safety area. The standards practiced by The CCD shall be no less than these requirements. Safe working is a condition of employment.
  • To provide a safe place of work ensuring the design, provision and maintenance of same is in a condition that is safe and without risk to health.
  • To provide a safe place of work with safe access and egress and provide and maintain safe plant and equipment. 
  • To carry out Risk Assessments bespoke to our work activities and develop a Safety Statement to address those risks identified. 
  • To provide staff with the information, instruction, training and supervision that they require to work safely and efficiently and to develop safety awareness among staff/sub-contractors.
  • To define the responsibility of all staff for health and safety matters. 
  • To provide a competent person, where necessary, for the purpose of ensuring the safety, health and welfare at work of staff and delegates/guests of The CCD.
  • To encourage continual improvement in occupational health and safety.
  • To ensure that all new legal requirements are identified and adopted as our minimum acceptable performance standard.
  • To monitor and review the Safety Management System on an annual basis to determine effectiveness. 

All CCD staff, Service Providers and sub-contractors are expected to co-operate with management in ensuring that high standards of health and safety prevail. CCD Staff and Service Providers are informed of their legal responsibilities and duties, which are outlined in the Safety Statement.

Managers and Supervisors must accept responsibility for people and areas under their control and must implement and integrate all health and safety procedures into everyday management activities. All staff are responsible for their own safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions. Feedback on the effectiveness of health and safety measures within The CCD is encouraged.

This Safety Statement, together with the arrangements for its implementation, will be available for the benefit of all staff of The CCD, Service Providers, sub-contractors, delegates, guests and visitors to The CCD.

Our Environmental Policy

At The CCD we are committed to long-term sustainability. We consistently strive towards on-going improvement in our business practices with a view to leading environmental best practice across our industry. From the energy we use, right through to our recycling procedures, we have taken a vested interest in being a green venue throughout and specialise in hosting sustainable events.

We comply with all applicable legal and other requirements which relate to environmental aspects, and we are committed to preventing pollution and reducing any negative impact of our operations on the environment.

We inform and involve our staff, service providers, customers and suppliers about issues relevant to developing an environmentally responsible culture. We are committed to using suppliers and sub-contractors who are “environmentally aware”, wherever possible.

We are committed to effective management of energy and waste recycling, including reducing the amount of harmful emissions by saving energy, which helps to reduce the greenhouse effect and acid rain. We harvest rainfall for use in non-potable systems within The CCD which reduces water usage. We also recycle paper, wherever possible, and reduce paper usage by limiting communications and by company-wide initiatives such as double-sided printing.

Our environmental and sustainability practices cover the following wide range of programmes, initiatives, targets and recommendations.

  • Planning and development: We consider environmental best practice in new projects and refurbishment.
  • Resource management: We monitor our Building Management System and take positive steps to maximise efficiency.
  • Purchasing: We give preference to products and services that have minimal or beneficial impact on the environment.
  • Indoor air quality and external air emissions: We strive to minimize the detrimental effects of chemicals and pollutants.
  • Transport: We encourage the use of public transport and offer our employees a “Cycle to Work” scheme. We also offer visitors the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions using our online carbon calculator.
  • Conservation: As a company, we actively support green initiatives and organisations.
  • Waste Management: We have a comprehensive waste management policy in place to help manage the generation and segregation of waste.

 

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