‘Fifty Shades Greener’ at Imperial

The Imperial Hotel, Cork  has achieved a sustainability accolade with Fifty Shades Greener, the environmental education provider.

The 206-year-old hotel, which is part of the Flynn Hotel Collection, has become the first and only hospitality venue in Cork to be awarded with a Gold Label.

Cork’s Grand Dame has invested close to €400,000 in a sustainability programme over the last four years, with ambitious future plans.  Fifty Shades Greener commended The Imperial for reducing its total C02kg/person/day by 21% in 2022 in comparison to 2019, for expanding and improving their green procurement with 67% of their food sourced locally, and for reducing meat and waste on their menus.  

They also acknowledged that the Imperial has planted 200 trees year to date with Plant-It and Trees on the Land, and they are prioritising the incorporation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into their daily operations.

"We are shouting from the rooftops because we are so incredibly proud," said  Bastien Peyraud, General Manager. 

"Our Imperial family works smart every day to ensure we become the most sustainable hotel.  We are always looking for ways to reduce our footprint, care for and protect the environment, and give back to the communities we are part of.

"We are also engaging with the SEAI and hope to execute several larger projects over the next year. We are not only tasked with significantly reducing our carbon footprint, but we are also responsible for taking care of an historic building which has been a part of Cork City for over 200 years."