Scottish resort’s green recycling commitment brings Gold

Crieff Hydro proving its green credentials

Crieff Hydro proving its green credentials

In time for World Environment Day, Crieff Hydro's commitment to sustainability has been rewarded with a Gold Green Tourism award in recognition of a series of planet-friendly initiatives.

The 900-acre Perthshire resort won Gold after a recent inspection found that their sustainable activities met 80% of the Green Tourism criteria.

The resort, which includes more than 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering units and six eating outlets, as well as two swimming pools, a horse riding centre and Action Glen activity centre, was commended for its ‘green' efforts across the board in one of the most rigorous certification programmes in the industry.

Assessors praised Crieff Hydro on its commitment to sustainability, in particular the staff training and awareness.

The resort has a dedicated ‘Green Team' made up of representatives from across all departments, who become ambassadors for identifying and implementing changes that contribute towards becoming a greener business. Their actions include looking for opportunities to boost the circular economy through improved recycling efforts.

The introduction of LED lighting within the hotel, significant changes to their food waste management and its visitor payback scheme, where guests are invited to donate £1 during their stay to help Perthshire's Big Tree Country Initiative, was also recognised. The scheme helps to conserve some of the world's most enigmatic conifers in the woods, forests and estates of Perthshire.

Alexandra McDonald, Crieff Hydro's Support Services and Environment Manager, who heads up the Green Team and led the visit by Green Tourism said, "Since Green Tourism's last visit in 2013, we've worked hard to look for ways to improve and our Green Team are passionate about playing their part in helping to implement the little changes that all go a long way to working more efficiently. Whether it's closer monitoring of the food waste and ways we can reduce it, or working with local community schemes to donate duvets and kitchen equipment, all of these steps have helped us achieve a fantastic grading from Green Tourism."

Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro, said, "We're always looking for new ways to make the resort operate more efficiently and it's great to see Green Tourism recognise this. All of the efforts from the team go a long way in making us a truly green and sustainable business."

The resort has been a member of Green Tourism, the UK's leading sustainable tourism certification scheme, since 2007. Businesses which opt to join 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.

Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director at Green Tourism, said, "Crieff Hydro has put a lot of work into this project and the Green Team should be very proud of its achievements. Reducing food waste, working with a local company to recycle soap waste, installing LED lighting in key areas of the hotel and becoming involved with the Big Tree Country are just some of the measures that have seen the resort claim its well-deserved Gold award.”

Green Tourism is considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind. It is the only one independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT). They also offer support and advice on developing sustainable tourism businesses.

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