South Dublin County Council have announced that The Square Town Centre has received EcoMerit Environmental Certification.
The Square is one of Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destinations with over 140 shops, restaurants and cinema and is one of only six shopping centres nationwide to achieve this award.
The Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr. Guys O’Connell presented the centre with its Certification stating:
“It is a great privilege to award the EcoMerit Certification to The Square which has not only demonstrated the efficient management and use of resources but has also committed to achieving ongoing environmental improvements for the years to come.
“This is also a great honour for the people of Tallaght and a tribute to the mighty community spirit that the Square had been so instrumental in fostering and supporting.
“Every Tallaght person can feel justifiable proud of their Town Centre. “
The EcoMerit programme, which is endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency and supported by South Dublin County Council, assists organisations to prevent waste, conserve water and increase energy efficiency, thus reducing their carbon footprint and making them more sustainable.
Jack Martin, Director of Retail at the Square Town Centre said:
“This is part of our ongoing green strategy to be a friendly and ecologically responsible business that helps protect the environment and sustain natural resources for current and future generations.”
Operations Manager Pat Edgeworth added:
“This year our centre management team carried out a major lighting upgrade on all our mall areas and back corridors installing energy-efficient LED lights.
“This will follow on all external lighting shortly. We have also implemented water monitoring through which we identified and repaired a number of hidden leaks.
“We have set ourselves a tough target for waste recycling performance which will need the active support of all our tenants to achieve.”
Future energy efficiency plans for the Centre include assessing its potential for rain water harvesting, which if possible, will reduce water costs and an assessment of potential for provision of solar panels for electricity generation.