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The accolade recognises the hotel’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility across a number of areas of operation. Key achievements over the last 12 months include: reducing gas consumption by 10%, reducing electricity consumption by 5.5%, the introduction of sustainable and fair trade products and in-house filtered water for in room service, private dining and meeting rooms, upgrade of lighting and the installation of energy efficient LED lights and the establishment of a Green Team Committee to continually review and upgrade best practice green initiatives across the hotel.
Commenting on the award, General Manager Theresa Maw said,
Sustainability is an increasingly important focus for the travel and tourism industry and we are honoured to have the efforts of the team acknowledged by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Our Green Team Committee is focused on continuing to improve our environmental credentials in the future.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with VisitScotland, it is now the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland.
Businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.