In 2011, Lord Burlington first published the Devonshire Group Environmental Policy Statement outlining our commitment to enhance our environment and continuously reduce our impact on it. In the years that followed, we began collecting data relating to our biggest environmental impacts: our energy consumption and production of waste.
Over the next ten years, we will continue to focus on waste and energy and aim to meet the following targets:
- Waste - Maintain zero to landfill, reduce waste volume per £ of turnover by 20% and increase waste separation/recycling rate to 75%
- Emissions - Deliver a decrease of 30% of carbon emissions per £ of turnover from buildings we use
Progress to date can be found in our waste statement and property emissions pages below.
Alongside these, we will also continue to treat water as a precious resource, protect biodiversity on our estates, reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced by our operations, including preserving the capacity of our forests and moorland to sequester carbon.
Responsible visitor charter
We also encourage our visitors to engage with our sustainability journey and create their own. As such, we have published a Responsible visitor charter containing practical suggestions for living in an environmentally responsible way. Download the charter.
Awards and networks
One of the ways we seek to improve performance is through active participation in, and support of, networks and certification schemes. By sharing knowledge and inspiring action on sustainability best practice, we hope to influence others and broaden our environmental impact.