We believe that ecotourism is the way for Doolin and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark to develop tourism in a sustainable way. We try to consider the environment in all that we do. It is absolutely vital that we look towards long term, sustainable solutions that protect our outdoor spaces and minimize harmful CO2 emissions. At Sea View House we use technology and practices to minimize our impact on the environment helping to inspire others in our industry to take similar actions. This allows us provide luxury accommodation for our guests, while also sticking to our sustainable ethos. We are committed to reducing the impact our business has on the environment. Our environmental policy is not a marketing ploy, it has grown with us over the years as we have come to understand the impact we can have on the environment. To this end we are committed to taking the following action.
To minimize our CO2 emissions, Sea View House primarily uses renewable energy sources. Photovoltaic solar panels convert energy from the sun into electricity which is stored in our battery bank and used to run our hot tubs and provide electricity to the lodges. Flatplate solar collectors convert energy from the sun providing hot water for Lodge bathrooms and kitchens. We use BIO LPG produced from renewable feedstocks such as plant and vegetable waste material to heat the lodges.
We have also taken steps to lower energy consumption throughout our properties, using advanced heating controls, LED lighting, motion-sensitive lighting and lots of insulation. Furthermore we replace our vehicles with fully electric models.
We are pleased to offer EV-Charger points for the exclusive use of our lodge guests. Eco solar powered charges are available as well as faster 7kw mains powerd charges if required.
Sea View House uses various sustainable practices. All trash is separated into various streams for recycling, reducing the volume going to land fill. We give some food waste to our flock of chickens while the rest is composted on site for use in our gardens. We minimise our use of single use plastic and do not use single serve toiletries.
Sea View House is a long standing member of The Burren Ecotourism Network. The Burren Ecotourism Network is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. .www.burren.ie/about-us/
Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland's natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility. It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.
Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit. To learn more about the Leave No Trace programme, visit http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/principles/ for more detail
In Doolin and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark:
While staying at The Lodges @ Sea View House.
TripAdvisor Green Leaders Gold This programme helps travellers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodation across Ireland.
Responsible Travel & Tourism Awards Highly Commended for Responsible Accommodation Provider
Responsible Irish Breakfast Award Winners, this award celebrates Travel and Tourism businesses that are committed to implementing responsible business practices that minimise their environmental impact.
Georpark LIFE Award We have received a number of awards from this scheme that recognises achievements and examples of good practice in the development of sustainable tourism throughout the Burren region.