Our story so far
We believe that business and the environment should go hand in hand. We don’t want to shout about it but we do want to share our journey with you.
We started with the easier options. The hotel is now close to 100% LED and compact fluorescent energy saving lights. We use photocells to insure our outdoor lights are only on when needed and sensors in many areas too. We are working to ensure our hotel lighting is totally low energy.
Have you ever heard of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)? The ERDF is one of the European Union’s structural funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
With the help of this fund we are about to have two combined heat and power systems (CHP) and an array of solar thermal. The CHP units will use gas from the grid to produce heat and electricity without wasting heat like a conventional power plant would. The solar thermal will partly heat our swimming pool and the heat from our CHP units will be used to keep our guests warm. It is estimated that this will reduce our carbon footprint by 207 tonnes per year and our electricity demand by 45%. That saves the same amount of carbon as 200 train journeys from London to Glasgow.
To further reduce our gas usage we have invested in a fantastic food waste to energy system. All our food waste is digested anaerobically by bacteria in our digester and turned into a low grade fuel. This is then mixed with woodchip pellets. This feeds our biomass boiler which creates heat for the Beach Hut, The Extreme Academy and Fifteen Cornwall. When our system is being maintained or if it’s switched off at any point, our new super-efficient gas boilers kick in and do the work instead.
Reducing our water consumption is high on our agenda. With the help of South West Water we have invested in aerators for our taps, restrictors for our showers and reduced the amount to water needed to flush our toilets.
We love to recycle. We currently recycle at least 50% of our waste and are working towards recycling 80%. Our textiles and old uniforms are donated to the Salvation Army and we recently have collaborated with Surf Action to donate our wetsuits to war veterans, and their family and friends.
We always source locally where possible and work closely with local and sustainable suppliers such as Juicy By Nature (a carbon neutral company), the Kernow Sausage Company, Wadebridge Wines and many more.