Environmental Policy Statement
The Doolin Ferry Company has developed an environmental policy because we operate within an area of outstanding natural beauty and environmental sensitivity. Doolin Ferry recognize that our business has an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations and to help secure the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry. We are committed to operate within this area of The Burren, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher with the utmost respect and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Our company is dedicated to continuously monitor and measure our impact on our local environment and areas of operation. We will also instill in our employees, customers, and suppliers our dedication to create a more sustainable practice for our business.
Burren Ecotourism – Working Together
We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. Our business works with local providers, businesses, and employees to encourage collective growth of sustainable heritage in our larger community. We attend as much training and networking events as possible throughout the year as well as participating with sub groups formed from Burren EcoTourism Network. This year two of our employees completed their “Leave No Trace” course.
A cared-for landscape
We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. Our staff and crew are trained in the geology and ecology of the landscapes in which we operate. We are a sponsor of The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and Burrenbeo Trust and have worked to identify and report species of birds and wildlife that are in our area of operation at sea. Our trained Crew and Staff then share this knowledge with our on-board commentaries. We also use this information across social media platforms and our websites so customers can learn and be aware of the geology and ecology when travelling on board. We also adopt the “Leave No Trace” policy in our daily working days. This year we also organised a Doolin Pier clean up and participated in local clean ups in our area.
A well-understood heritage
We offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of our place to guests. Through our tourist information points, we provide and highlight information and literature on the local area and local providers with an environmental focus.
Our environmental policy helps us to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. We are finding new ways to collaborate with other local businesses to offer locals and visitors with unique and fresh experiences each year. You may be interested in learning about the Burren Slow Food Festival. We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our customers. We work with local hotels & accommodation providers on the Aran Islands and in the Clare region providing incentives for 1-2 night stays. This ensures visitors to our region have longer bed night’s. This makes not only our company more attractive but the entire Clare region.
We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and produce locally wherever possible, and by engaging with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination. Our partners Doolin Tourism, Burren Eco Tourism and Burren Beo networks work with us to reach a wider audience in promoting this. We work with local environmentally suppliers as much as possible. For example this year we launched our brand new eco candles. Made and sourced locally, these candles were created with sustainability as a core objective. We encourage and foster generational local knowledge that is passed down by many of our crew members who are mostly from Inis Oirr. Here is more our local crew About Us.
Sustainable tourism management
We work with our Environmental Action Plan, which includes actions and targets for improvement that are reviewed annually. We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our waste, water, wastewater, energy, travel impact and purchases. Thanks to the Burren GeoPark Code of Practise we track our:
- Landfill By WeightKg/per
- Co2 Total In TonnesCo2 Kg / Per Person
These figures efficiently help us as a company to:
- Track our growth
- Set targets for the coming years
- Ensure we are going in the right direction year on year.
We are committed
We are committed to taking the following action:
- Continue sound environmental practices across our entire operation.
- Produce an annual Environmental Plan setting out our Objectives, Targets and planned Actions.
- Comply fully with all relevant legislation.
- Minimize our waste and reduce our water consumption where possible.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle the resources consumed by our business wherever practical.
- Invite our customers, suppliers and contractors to participate in our efforts to protect the environment.
- Provide all employees with the training and resources required to meet our objectives.
- Openly communicate our policies and practices to interested parties across social media platforms, word of mouth and online.
- Monitor and record our environmental impacts on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policies, objectives and targets.