Isles of Scilly hotel launches innovative eco scheme
Tregarthen's Hotel on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly has launched a new scheme to help visitors offset their carbon footprint.
Manager Ben Jakes said: "There is growing interest in the UK in trying to reduce our carbon footprint. As the Isles of Scilly has such a precious and fragile environment, we want to be at the forefront of helping to protect the environment."
A carbon footprint is the measure of impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced – which are measured in units of carbon dioxide (CO2).
A scientific study has established that the average carbon footprint for guests to Tregarthen's, travelling by either air or sea after a mainland journey, is 425 kg CO2 per person.
Tregarthen's have formed a tie-up with a carbon offset company, co2balance, and are inviting guests to offset the carbon emissions from their travel to the Isles of Scilly by paying a £5 contribution towards the planting of a tree in Tinners Forest, a plantation near Roche in Cornwall. To plant a tree costs £10, so a couple both contributing £5 pay enough for a new tree to be planted. A tree captures around 900kg of CO2 over its lifetime – more than enough to compensate for the CO2 used by a couple on a trip to Tregarthen's.
Tregarthen's Director, Trevor Richards, says: "The trees will naturally absorb carbon as they grow and they are a mix of broadleaf native trees, including English oak, ash, silver, birch and alder. The forest is owned and managed by co2balance to ensure that there is absolute control over its future. Once the woodland is completed and mature, it will be turned into a community woodland owned by a charitable trust."
South West Tourism Chief Executive, Malcolm Bell, says: "It is exciting to see a leading Isles of Scilly hotel seize the initiative on a carbon offset scheme. At present only the most innovative hotels in the world are offering schemes of this kind and it is one of the ways that tourism in the South West of England can stay ahead as well as help protect the environment."
Ben Jakes says: "As well as the carbon offset scheme, we are making maximum use of ICT, having received support through the Objective One project, actnow, and this too is helping reduce our impact on the environment."
For further information please contact Lynn File, Brand Innovation, on 01208 821787.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the actnow project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
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