Practical energy solutions

We will treat energy as a valuable resource, as well as reducing the proportion of energy consumed from fossil fuels by using onsite renewables in appropriate locations. This is a long-term challenge that will require continual improvement.

You can now follow our carbon emissions story and the steps we are taking to reduce our impact.

Property carbon statement

  2013 2014 2015 2016
Owned and operated property  (tCO2e)  (tCO2e)  (tCO2e) (tCO2e)
Derbyshire 2,632 2,694 2,659 2,353
Bolton Abbey 88 85 67  70
Hotels and restaurants 1,359  1,431 1,338 1,245
Total carbon emissions 4,079 4,210 4,064 3,669
Annual difference % N/A  3.22% -3.47%  -9.73%
Owned and operated property  (MWh)   (MWh)   (MWh)  (MWh)
Grid electric  5,147 4,980 4,913 5,123
Natural gas  6,609 6,619 7,330 5,894
Oil 660 659 532 492
LPG  1,642 1,465 1,262 1,297
Gas oil (Red diesel) 227 227 177 178
Renewables 749 885 702 1,957
% of renewables 4.98% 5.97% 4.70% 13.10%
Total energy demand 15,033 14,836 14,915 14,940

What have we done so far?

We have used hydroelectricity to help power the House since the 1890s.

We have continued to develop the Chatsworth Renewable Energy Centre with the installation of a natural gas combined heat and power plant. This works alongside two 500kW biomass boilers to produce heat and electricity for the house, stables shops and restaurants, greenhouses and Stickyard outdoor education centre. We expect that this should save around 920 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year – the same emissions produced from heating and powering around 180 average UK homes.

We have have invested in the central heating additive Endotherm across the estate, improving heat transfer rates and reducing fuel consumption.

We have installed energy-efficient lighting in our farm shop, stables restaurants, and some sections of the house.

We have integrated ground-source heating technology into the design of Russian Cottage and Calton Barns holiday accommodation.

We have developed a biomass woodchip heating system for the estate office, gym, swimming pool, and seven surrounding residential properties. Each year this avoids over 72 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the same amount of carbon emitted from heating and powering around 14 average UK homes.

We have completed energy efficiency health checks for all our major buildings in 2015 as part of the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme.

What’s next?

  • Replacing our hydroelectric turbine during 2017.
  • Further investments in energy-saving technology including LED lighting and replacing old equipment with modern energy-efficient alternatives.
  • Exploring further renewables projects in appropriate locations including biomass, ground-source heating and solar energy schemes.
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