The year got off to a great start on the green front with Chatsworth receiving a ‘Gold Award’ from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, following a full assessment of our sustainability credentials against 145 separate criteria. Green Tourism, a not-for-profit organisation with more than 2300 members as well as being recognised by the UK government, forms one of the largest schemes of its kind. To receive their highest grading was a real achievement and a reflection of all the hard work put in from our teams, who are seeking to address everything from reducing our energy and water footprint through to maintaining the stunning natural heritage we are privileged to look after.
As Sustainability Manager I unfortunately can’t claim any of the plaudits for this success, having only taken up my new position at the start of September. Indeed, with the departure of the previous Environmental, Health and Safety Officer, who did so much to lay groundwork for a greener Chatsworth, the Devonshire Group Environmental Committee, chaired by Lord Burlington, thought a dedicated individual could help take our green ambitions even further.
Already it has been a pleasure to have been working on a number of exciting initiatives, such as preparations for the opening of the Chatsworth Renewable Energy Centre early next month. By providing the house and stables with an expected 97% of electrical and 72% of heat requirements, and deriving its power from a wood chip fuelled biomass system (from the estate woodlands), the Renewable Energy Centre will help slash carbon emissions. If you want to learn more about how it all works, the centre will be open to garden visitors from 6 December.
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