Green mist descends on Limerick’s Thomond Park

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THE Mayor of Limerick has welcomed the announcement that Thomond Park Stadium has been certified to International Standards Organisation (ISO) 20121 Sustainable Event Management System standard.

THE Mayor of Limerick has welcomed the announcement that Thomond Park Stadium has been certified to International Standards Organisation (ISO) 20121 Sustainable Event Management System standard.

The certification recognises the process which us used to produce events at the stadium with particular concern for environmental, economic and social issues

A spokesperson for the Environment Department at Limerick City Council said the certification of the €40m stadium is a fantastic achievement and is a recognition of the trojan work which has been done since the 26,000 capacity stadium opened in November 2008.

“Four years on and Thomond Park Stadium has been recognised for its high environmental standards and its social and economic initiatives which benefit the Limerick Region. The Stadium has also been a finalist on two occasions in the prestigious Green Awards,” said the spokesperson.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, welcomed the development.

“I am thrilled with the Green Team in Thomond Park Stadium. Good management of resources is central to how you manage Thomond. Sound resource management, leads to efficient use of resources and this is good for the Environment. It is also good for the ‘bottom line’. I am delighted that the stadium has achieved this prestigious environmental accreditation,” he said.

John Cantwell, director of Thomond Park Stadium, thanked Limerick City Council and the Regional Waste Management Office for their support of the environmental efforts at the home of Munster Rugby over the last number years.

“We are delighted to have achieved this internationally recognised certification in relation to the management ethos in place at Thomond Park Stadium,” he said.

Mr Cantwell said the awarding of ISO certification to Thomond Park Stadium is a major boost for the venue, which will play host rock star Bruce Springsteen next July.

“This certification highlights not only our commitment to sustainable environmental management but also our policies and procedures implemented on a daily basis to deliver social and economic benefits to Limerick and the Region,” he said.