At Ballyhass, we are committed to sustainability in all aspects of our business. As an outdoor adventure company that serves large groups and receives over 100,000 day visits per year, we recognize the impact we have on the environment and local communities. That's why we have implemented a number of measures to ensure that our operations are as sustainable as possible.
We are committed to educating our customers about sustainability and the importance of responsible tourism. We are devloping a variety of educational resources that will be available through our website and incorporate sustainability into our adventure activities and interactions with local communities.
Overall, our goal is to promote a culture of sustainability within our company and among our customers, and to ensure that our operations have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.
At Ballyhass, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of our two lakeside locations. Through a variety of initiatives and programs, we aim to create pockets of diversity and support the conservation of local ecosystems.
One way we plan to do this is by implementing Site Pollinator Plans that promote the growth and health of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies etc. These plans involve creating habitat for pollinators, including flowering plants and nesting sites, as well as reducing the use of pesticides and other chemicals that can harm these important species.
We have also established Pesticide Free Zones at our lakeside locations, in which we minimize the use of chemicals and instead rely on natural pest control methods. This helps to protect the health of local ecosystems and the species that depend on them.
In addition, we will be implementing a number of programs to create wild areas and enhance habitat for a variety of species. This includes planned wild areas that allow native plants and animals to thrive, as well as native tree and hedgerow planting programs to support the growth of local ecosystems. We are also working to create biodiversity corridors, which are areas of land that connect different habitats and allow species to move freely between them.
Finally, we are committed to enhancing the water habitats at our lakeside locations by reducing pollution and promoting the health of aquatic species. This includes monitoring water quality, implementing best practices for waste management, and working with local organizations to support conservation efforts.
Overall, our goal is to create a thriving, diverse ecosystem at our lakeside locations, and to inspire our customers to become advocates for biodiversity.
At Ballyhass, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming carbon zero by 2030. To achieve this goal, we have implemented a number of initiatives and programs to increase energy efficiency and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
One key element of our plan is our energy efficiency building program, which involves retrofitting our facilities to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency. This includes installing LED lighting, which uses less energy and lasts longer than traditional bulbs, and implementing best practices for heating and cooling systems.
We are also committed to educating our staff about sustainability and energy conservation. This includes providing training on energy-efficient practices and encouraging our employees to adopt eco-friendly habits in their own lives.
In addition, we have developed a solar energy plan that aims to generate a significant portion of our energy from renewable sources. This includes installing solar panels at our facilities and exploring other technologies that can help us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Finally, as part of our commitment to sustainability, we are planning to install EV charging stations at our locations. This will enable our customers to recharge their electric vehicles while they are visiting us, and help us create an energy surplus by 2030.
Overall, our goal is to reduce our carbon footprint and become a leader in sustainability within the outdoor adventure industry.
At Ballyhass, we are committed to becoming a zero waste company by 2026. To achieve this goal, we are implementing a number of initiatives to reduce the total amount of waste we generate and increase our recycling and composting efforts.
One key element of our plan is to implement circular waste systems for all core activities by 2026. This includes finding ways to reuse or repurpose materials that would otherwise be discarded, and working with suppliers and partners to adopt circular practices throughout our supply chain.
In addition, we are aiming to reduce the total amount of waste we generate by 50% over the next five years, with a target of reducing waste by 10% each year. This will involve implementing waste reduction programs and finding ways to reduce our consumption of single-use materials.
We are also working to increase our recycling and composting efforts, including introducing a compostable coffee stream in our cafe and increasing our recycling rates by 50%. We are also aiming to reduce the volume of waste we generate by 30% over the next three years, through efforts such as reducing packaging and finding more efficient ways to handle waste.
Overall, our goal is to create a circular waste system that minimizes our impact on the environment and helps us achieve zero waste by 2026.
At Ballyhass, we are committed to being good stewards of the water resources in our care. As an outdoor adventure company, we recognize the importance of clean, healthy water for the enjoyment of our customers and the health of local ecosystems. That's why we have implemented a number of initiatives to enhance the water quality of the different water bodies in our care.
One key element of our plan is to reduce pollution and protect water sources from contamination. This includes implementing best practices for waste management, monitoring water quality, and working with local organizations to support conservation efforts.
In addition, we are committed to educating our customers about water stewardship and the importance of protecting water resources. This includes providing information about our water conservation efforts and encouraging our customers to adopt eco-friendly practices while visiting us.
Finally, we are working with local organizations and experts to identify and address any issues that may be impacting the water quality in our care. This includes identifying sources of pollution and working to find solutions to mitigate their impact.
Overall, our goal is to protect and enhance the water quality of the different water bodies in our care, and to inspire our customers to become good stewards of water resources.