Corporate Social Responsibility
English Lakes – Reducing our Carbon Footprint
English Lakes are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more environmentally friendly in all aspects of our operation. We have already made all of the following changes below to help us reduce our impact on the planet.
- Watercoolers have been introduced in all our conference rooms, reducing transportation and glass bottle waste for all English Lakes.
- Patio heaters have been removed from our gardens and terraces.
- Lights in all event rooms are turned off when the rooms are not in use. Store rooms and public toilet lighting is movement activated to ensure it turns off when the areas are not being used.
- All corporate invoices are sent electronically rather than printing and posting (unless otherwise requested).
- All booking forms and documentation are sent electronically rather than printing and posting (unless otherwise requested).
- Double-sided printing is the policy within all English Lakes departments
- We have Electronic filing system, Front office and administration support.
- New efficient gas boilers have been installed at Wild Boar, Low Wood Bay and Lancaster House, controlled to deliver heat only where needed.
- All food operations and room departments use locally sourced and/or sustainable produce and fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate.
- A companywide Green Champions Club has been established with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of the whole of the English Lakes portfolio.
- We have maximised the amount of in-house AV equipment to reduce equipment transportation from hiring.
- All our hotels are located near train stations and several bus routes, allowing guests to use public transport therefore reducing their individual carbon footprints.
- Low Wood Bay has a introduced a Waterbus service from Low Wood Bay jetty to Ambleside, linking guests with the comprehensive Lakeland Cruises services, enabling guests to give their car a holiday too.
- Timed control and computer monitoring of air-conditioning to ensure efficient and timely use is in operation at Low Wood Bay, Wild Boar Inn and Lancaster House.
- Natural ventilation is used rather than mechanical ventilation wherever possible.
- Glass is recycled at all English Lakes Hotels.
- Over 75% of cardboard is recycled at all English Lakes.
- Computer managed lighting systems are used to reduce wattage output on the ground floors of Low Wood Hotel, Waterhead Hotel, Wild Boar Inn and Lancaster House Hotel.
- Since 2008 over 75% of English Lakes bedrooms have been fitted with Energy Control Units, ensuring energy is only used when guests are in rooms.
- We are educating staff on both their professional and personal role in reducing environmental impact in the workplace and at home, through the Green Champions Club.
- Some 2000 native trees including Oak, Ash, Scots Pine, Rowan, Hazel and Douglas Fir have been planted, within ‘Michael’s Wood’ at Low Wood Hotel. (Every tree planted ‘offsets’ the environmental impact by ‘breathing’ in about 1 tonne of CO2 emissions over its lifetime of 100 years.)
- We purchased and manage 72 acres of natural woodland (Gilpin Park Plantation) adjacent to the Wild Boar Inn and we are presently re-instating the tarn within the woods.
- 90 bird boxes have been installed within Gilpin Park Plantation with the intention of protecting rare song birds.
- Barn owl boxes have been placed with Gilpin Park Plantation and Michaels Wood.
- Four dormouse boxes have been placed within the Wild Boar estate.
- Cycle racks have been installed at Low Wood Bay and Lancaster House for people who wish to cycle.
- English Lakes with the aid of Quantum, have calculated our 2008/2009 carbon footprint to be 3,741 tonnes CO2 per year, excluding The Midland (gas/electric). Working with the Green Champions Club, we aim to reduce this by 6-10% during 2010/11.
- Conference delegate pens and pads have been made and produced from recycled paper and wood since 2009.
- Wild Boar Inn Stationery and print is produced using 100% evolution premium silk recycled paper and FSC.
Aims for 2010/11
- Flipcharts in all conference rooms will made from recycled paper and we provide environmentally friendly flip chart markers. (2010)
- To achieve a target of 80% for stationary and printed items to be produced on 100% - 75% recycled paper. Including letterhead, menu, leaflets and guest information packs. (2010)
- Recycle over 60% of all English Lakes office paper, by working with a recycling company on collection and regeneration. (2011)
- Introduce in-house purification system, reducing 100% purchased bottled water, both sparkling and still, within Conference and Banqueting.