Green tourism is a big issue for travellers these days, and rightly so. Fortunately, Edinburgh’s hoteliers are at the forefront of developing and implementing environmental policies in hospitality.
In this Blog post we reveal those hotels taking environmental issues seriously, and that have achieved GOLD Standard in The Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Below is a list of hotels in Edinburgh who have achieved GOLD in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Examples of their policies are given as well.
The Howard Hotel – recently achieved the GOLD award and is also keen to promote other local Green businesses to its guests. The Howard encourages wildlife in their garden and monitor progress by keeping a nature diary. Providing a nice opportunity for guests to have a drink in the garden in the name of the environment.
The George Hotel – environmental awareness training is given to all staff. Each department has energy checklists and weekly meter readings are taken, monitored and actions implemented by the engineering team. This ethos is held by staff at all levels of the organisation.
Ten Hill Place Hotel – takes their environment seriously. Ten Hill Place Hotel has a lengthy and sincere environmental policy. Fish products are from sustainable sources, bathrooms are fitted with aerated showers, and rooms are fitted with thermal lined curtains, amongst many other things designed to help the environment.
Hotel Missoni – the hotel was built a few years ago on the site of an ex-city council building. Throughout the design and build process, the environment was at the top of the agenda. That thoughtfulness continues today in the way that guests are treated and encouraged to participate in energy saving iniatives.
Radisson Blu Hotel – Through a partnership with Edinburgh Cyrenians, a local not-for-profit initiative that supports Edinburgh’s homeless community, the hotel now separates and composts locally all organic waste. This has led to further reductions of up to 45 percent in the amount of waste being hauled to the landfill.
Apex International Hotel – the hotel has energy efficient windows to improve thermal performance resulting in less of requirement for heating in winter and air conditioning in summer. Many rooms have a separate walk in showers to encourage guests to use the shower instead of the bath resulting in water saving. Request one at your next stay.
The Bonham Hotel – recognises the fact that the nature of their services results in an overall impact on the environment and that by conducting business in a responsible and thoughtful manner, they can reduce this impact and act to improve the quality of the environment.
Winton House – this Exclusive Use venue has recently achieved the Gold standard. Winton House is heated using its own waste wood and monitors energy consumption. The House and 5 cottages are heated by a wood chip fired boiler fuelled with wood from the Estate. This is estimated to save some 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.