UK: The Eden Hotel Collection has achieved Green Tourism certifications at all five of its hotels.
Green Tourism is a certification programme, which recognises and promotes sustainable practices in the tourism industry. The accreditation criteria are based on internationally recognised sustainability standards and guidelines, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The assessment process involves looking at energy and water consumption, as well as how properties communicate awareness for ESG, how staff are treated, the guest experience and the low carbon and eco-friendly activities the business promotes.
The boutique hotel collection got a Silver rating for Bovey Castle in Devon and Bronze rating for The Greenway Hotel and Spa in Cheltenham (pictured), Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa in Leamington, The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Brockencote Hall Hotel in Kidderminster.
All hotels within Eden have this year introduced ‘Green Champions’ to lead on sustainability initiatives, which make positive changes in their place of work.
Some of the sustainability practices already introduced include using more energy-efficient light bulbs, prioritising local produce on menus, moving to digital only for guest paperwork, and collaborating with the local community in mutually beneficial projects.
Jayne O’Malley, group operations director, said: “For our five hotels to achieve these awards within our first year of increased focus is extremely commendable, and a recognition of our Green Champion’s extensive efforts, along with their teams within their hotels.”