Science at Powerscourt

Sustainability -
Working with Nature

“We see ourselves as custodians of Powerscourt for future generations and our aim is leave it in a better state for them.  We see sustainability as vital for the future of Powerscourt. We have programmes for tree planting, wild flowers, bee keeping and more as part of our environmental initiatives. Within Powerscourt Estate, an educational, climate change discovery centre was opened in 2018. The Cool Planet Experience was set-up with the aim of educating audiences about their carbon footprint and ways to reduce it.”
Sarah Slazenger – MD Powerscourt Estate

Our Vision

Powerscourt House & Gardens to be known as one of Ireland’s most iconic sustainable visitor attractions, which is recognised on a global stage as a place of immense beauty and biodiversity.  A pioneer on sustainability where nature thrives and is protected for the enjoyment of everyone. 

Our Mission – Business sustainable mission

To be known both nationally and internationally as Ireland’s premier sustainable visitor attraction.  Where we will deliver a “fairer and greener” attraction experience by reducing our overall environmental impact.  Our long-term mission is to be carbon neutral by 2025.  We strive to be a benchmark for other attractions worldwide.

At Powerscourt House & Gardens, we believe that sustainable tourism is tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts while addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment, and host communities (UNWTO, n.d.).  We therefore aim to reduce our negative effects and increase our positive impacts.

Sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement, and we are aware that we have a lot to learn.  So far, we have taken many steps on this journey through our energy and biodiversity management and the award-winning outreach and educational aspects of the business.  We will continue to learn and engage with all stakeholders including our visitors to ensure our tourism business is an ecosystem for learning, change and importantly action.

We aim to demonstrate this commitment to incorporate sustainability into everything we do – through addressing key areas within our business where we can have the most impact.

6 Pillars of Impact:

  1. Resource Management
  2. Habitat management: Biodiversity
  3. Purchasing & suppliers
  4. Climate change & Carbon offsetting
  5. Responsible Sustainability Marketing
  6. Social Responsibility: Education, People & community

Read our full Sustainability Policy – Powerscourt Sustainablity Policy 2021

We do not inherit the earth. We borrow it from our children” — Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt Estate www.coolplanetexperience.org