Croke Park - a world leader in sustainable events

Proud of its long-established sustainability credentials, Croke Park was the first stadium in Ireland and Britain to secure both ISO14001 and ISO 20121 standards.  

In another first, Croke Park was  the very first stadium in the world to obtain certification to the newest international Environmental Standard ISO 14001:2015.

Here are just some of the innovative reasons Croke Park continues to be a global leader when it comes to aspiring to, and reaching, the highest international standards for sustainability.


Move over Dublin – Croke Park has its very own impressive six in a row!

When it comes to diverting all our waste away from landfill.  We’ve done that now since 2014.

Never mind Sam and Liam, our sustainability team get more excited about are our compostable coffee and tea cups!

Alongside all our other compostable cutlery & our 23 water bottle refill points in the stadium, we continue to step up to the challenge of reducing single-use plastic items in Croke Park.  

We’ve more than one hawk-eye in Croke Park!

We use harrier hawks to keep birds from landing in the stadium during our events.  The hawks stop seagulls and other birds taking rubbish out of the ground and dropping in our local area, causing a litter problem.

Croke Park has its very own neighbourhood watch!

We believe our community team, which is made up entirely of our local neighbours is the only team of its kind.  They work during every event, helping their neighbours and keeping a watchful eye over our local area.

What are we currently working on?

Each year, the stadium's 'Environment and Sustainability Management Group' or ESMG for short set, out an ambitious set of objectives, to deliver against for both Croke Park's environmental and sustainability policies.  This team's hard work and passion for what they do, makes a difference in ways you can see, and more often in ways that are not so obvious around the stadium.  Find out more about our current objectives below.

 

Achieve

Recent Awards:

  • Green Awards 2019 - Green Entertainment & Tourism Award
  • World Stadium Congress 2018 - Local Community Integration Award
  • Facilities Management Awards 2017 - Excellence in Sustainability Award
  • Stadium Business Summit 2016 - Unsung Hero Award for Croke Park's Sustainability Team
  • Green Awards 2016 - Excellence in Waste Management Award

Cost Reduction

  • Waste: Maintain 0% to landfill for 2021 and increase the overall stadium recycling rate with a focus on cutting the stadium’s production of plastic waste
  • Water: Monitoring and measurement procedures for all water usage throughout the stadium
  • Electricity: Investigate metering of different sections of the stadium and metering a specific event

Communicate

  • Sustainability banners & posters promoting campaigns and encouraging support throughout the stadium
  • Annual Stadium Sustainability Day
  • National & local media support
  • Collaborations & sharing best sustainable practices & projects with other national & international like-minded organisations including Dublin City Council, the NEIC Implementation Board and the National Transport Authority

Community & Social

  • 'Neighbours helping neighbours' community care initiative throughout Covid-19 pandemic
  • Continue to support local community groups through the stadium's community fund
  • Further develop the local Garda Youth Awards in partnership with the NEIC
  • Complete the stadium's local community creative writing project with 'Fighting Words'
  • Christmas recycling & spring composting initiatives

Special Projects

  • Continue biodiversity projects within the stadium & turf farm
  • Croke Park Working Group chaired by the National Transport Authority focussing on sustainable transport to and from the stadium
  • Royal Canal Working Group chaired by DCC and the NEIC focussing on phase 3 of the Royal Canal Greenway
  • Croke Park & GAA Staff Green Team: an internal staff team who promote and support sustainable events & activities 
  • Supporters of the GAA 'Green Club' Pilot Programme

Sustainability Policy Statement

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.
Read more on our Sustainability Policy Statement

Environmental Policy Statement

Páirc an Chrócaigh Teoranta is responsible for the management and operation of Croke Park Stadium. Páirc an Chrócaigh Teoranta is committed to ensuring that our environmental responsibility underpins our core values within the operation of Croke Park Stadium including its responsibilities as a member of the local community.
Read more on our Environmental Policy Statement