Sustainability & Climate Change
In line with government policy, the Phoenix Park is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental sustainable management. This includes efforts to minimise energy consumption such as the recent change to ‘Airtricity’ sustainable supply at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and to reduce waste through recycling practices, including composting and to pursue opportunities for re-use of water. A new policy introduced in 2006 requires all new horticultural tractors to be bio-fuel compatible and all new vehicles to have a minimum standard of euro 4 emissions. Furthermore the Park Ranger fleet was converted in the same year from two Jeeps to six bicycles, one hybrid eco vehicle and one Jeep as part of our commitment to sustainability. Applications of chemicals will continue to be minimised or eliminated in compliance with good horticultural practice and the use of valuable water resources will be judicious.
The importance of the Phoenix Park in meeting wider sustainable objectives, for example in maintaining quality of life, will be considered in all aspects of Park management and further opportunities for connecting with the wider sustainability agenda will be considered.
The OPW will assess likely impacts through monitoring and assessment of observed changes and through anticipation of the projected impact of climate change on biodiversity and will develop specific actions in response. The Park will play a full role in mitigation of climate change by adopting environmentally sustainable practices and reducing the carbon footprint of the Park.