Sustainability in Croke Park

Sustainability Policy


Páirc An Chrócaigh Teoranta (PCT) is responsible for the management and operation of Croke Park Stadium as a brand of excellence both at a national and international level. Our goal is to ensure that Croke Park remains the premier venue for GAA sporting events, conferences and major events - a proud symbol of the GAA, the ideals it stands for and its unique place in Irish culture and history. Our legacy is to offer sustainable solutions to any event held in the stadium to ensure we meet and endeavour to exceed our stakeholders and interested parties expectations.

The stadium management company is committed to the adoption and promotion of sustainability principles across all its business and community activities, including providing a safe and sustainable environment for customers, staff, contractors and visitors to the stadium, as well as to its responsibilities as a member of the local community. Though dedicated to the promotion of Gaelic Games, we also support activities which enrich the culture of the nation and further Gaelic ideals including the Irish language, music and dance and the values of the GAA its members and volunteers.

Principles: PCT recognise that the stadium and its associated events and activities have an impact on the environment, the economy and the community and is committed to promoting positive impacts while identifying and minimising any negative impacts. It is PCT policy to do all that is reasonable to ensure that key sustainability impacts relating to the life cycle impact of events, procurement, utilities, construction, transport, employees, visitors, customers and the community in general are assessed and reviewed financially, socially and environmentally. The policy will support our extensive health and safety initiatives.

Through its relationship with GAA clubs and members around the country, PCT will seek to promote these principles and the principles of stewardship, integrity, inclusivity and transparency and to share its learning and experience with other Irish sporting and cultural organisations.

Committed to the principal of best practice, the stadium is currently certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO20121 Sustainable Event Management standard. PCT is committed to being a leader within the field of event sustainability management; fulfilling all legal and regulatory environmental, financial and social obligations; regularly evaluating compliance with such requirements and maintaining documentation on operating procedures relating to key sustainability issues.

Providing training and information to all stakeholder groups – stakeholders will be made aware of, and where required, trained in the application of our Sustainability Policy. Contractors and supply chain partners will be made aware of the PCT Sustainability Policy and of their obligations to support policy in this area.

Treating employees with fairness, equality and respect at all times. Where possible, PCT will seek to identify positions and opportunities for stakeholders with disabilities and to support our principle of volunteerism.

Setting and achieving Sustainability objectives and targets that ensures continual improvement in sustainability and environmental management. Areas include energy management and utilisation, water usage and conservation, managing waste and developing recycling initiatives and the prevention of pollution by managing stadium events and activities in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieve: Commence integration of stadium management systems and receive recognition for environmental and sustainable practices through awards. Reduce: Costs through the implementation of cost reduction projects in: Water, Waste, Electricity, Gas. Communicate: To share learning’s and best practice with GAA nationally in developing awareness programmes Community & Social: Ensure effective community communications through Croke Park Community Events and ensure an active role within the local community via programmes such as the Croke Park Community Fund and to support youth related community initiatives

Stakeholder review: Communicating this policy and relevant environmental, social and financial procedures to visitors, customers, staff, contractors and suppliers, consulting key stakeholders on matters of sustainability, supporting local and community groups including providing grants through our Community Fund scheme.

Compliance with this policy is regularly evaluated and reported to PCT Management by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Group. Management set an example and review progress and success will come from the combined efforts of all staff and contractors to strive for continual improvement.

Peadar Mac Cionnaith 

Stadium & Commercial Director

February 2014