Dún Laoghaire Marina has been awarded EcoMerit Environmental Certification in recognition of the work it does in striving for continuous environmental improvement in line with the requirements of the EcoMerit Programme.

The certificate is valid for three years subject to annual surveillance of the marina’s commitment to fulfilling the objectives of its environmental plan, which includes upgrading CFL lights with LED alternatives and fitting motion sensors to improve energy efficiency.

Pictured at the presentation of the EcoMerit Certification to Dun Laoghaire Marina (l-r): Gabby Mallon, CEO, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth, Paal Janson, General Manager, Dun Laoghaire Marina, Dr Shane Colgan, Manager, EPA’s Resource Efficiency Unit, John Bourke, Chairman, Marina Marketing and Management Ltd and Aileen Eglington, President, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber.

The environmental plan also sets out objectives in relation to improving waste segregation for recycling, investigating ways to conserve water and the installation of solar panels to generate electricity.

Speaking at the presentation of the certification, DLR Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth said that Dún Laoghaire Marina is the first marina in the country to achieve this certification. “The marina has committed to 31 specific actions to reduce the environmental impact of its operations in Dún Laoghaire Harbour by 2020,” he added.

On receiving the award, Paal Janson, General Manager, Dún Laoghaire Marina, said that sustainability is one of their core values. “As Ireland’s largest coastal marina, we have a strong focus on our environmental impact, and we are committed to continuously improving our performance in a measurable way.”

The EcoMerit Certification was awarded to Dún Laoghaire Marina following approval by a steering committee comprising Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the Regional Waste Management Offices, environmental consultancy, Econcertive, and the EPA.