Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland has boosted its sustainable status by reducing its carbon footprint extensively since 2012.
The hotel’s carbon footprint report has revealed that in the last three years to 2015 the property’s emissions have decreased by 77.5% to just 5.23kg CO2 per room per night.
This also takes into account the fact that the hotel increased its occupancy last year with the addition of five new eco-lodges.
Now owners Richard and Dee Slade’s key objective for this year is to reduce the hotel and restaurant’s carbon footprint further, with the aim to achieve less than 4.5kg CO2 per room per night by the end of the year.
One of the biggest influencing factors in the reduction of Battlesteads’ carbon footprint has been the switch to green energy provider ‘Ecotricity’ in January 2014.
In addition to producing green energy, Battlesteads generate solar energy on site, 50% of which is used by Battlesteads and 50% which is sold to Ecotricity.
Battlesteads has been recognised for its commitment to environmental practices with multiple awards and has recently been shortlisted for Eco Hotel of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards.
Richard Slade, owner of Battlesteads said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for Eco Hotel of the Year. Sustainability is something we pride ourselves on and the award really reflects our commitment to environmental practices. Since extending the hotel to offer more accommodation it was always going to be tough to keep up with our commitments to the environment so it’s great to see we’ve been able to sustain our eco principles and reduce our carbon footprint so greatly.”