Blenheim Palace
Sustainability

Sustainability

Blenheim Palace is over 300 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace and the people who have been connected to it over the years are of great historical importance. It is our duty to help preserve this historical monument by protecting the environment it is set in. As a responsible business we want to extend our duties globally towards the environment and society. The team at Blenheim Palace is already committed to reducing our environmental impact and to working in a sustainable way. We want to raise awareness of these responsibilities, and we ask our suppliers and visitors to join us in these efforts.

Renewable Energy Sources...

Bio Power

Bio Power

As part of our drive to incorporate renewable energy at Blenheim Palace, we have installed two biomass boilers.

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Bio Power

As part of our drive to incorporate renewable energy at Blenheim Palace, we have installed two biomass boilers totalling 250KW supplying enough green energy to power our Pleasure Gardens facilities, green houses and offices. The installation replaced two inefficient oil boilers and is fuelled using wood chip from Estate woodland.

The boilers are an exciting technology and make a vital contribution to creating a sustainable future for Blenheim Palace. 

Hydro Power

Hydro Power

Here at Blenheim Palace we are enlisting the help of 2500-year-old technology to assist in powering the Estate with ‘green’ hydroelectricity.

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Hydro Power

Here at Blenheim Palace we are enlisting the help of 2500-year-old technology to assist in powering the Estate with ‘green’ hydroelectricity.

Based on Archimedes’ ancient pump design, a 10-metre 15kW Closed Compact Archimedean Screw system is harnessing the energy from the Bladon Cascade, to supply homes within the Estate with 78,000kWh of renewable energy per year. The screw turns as the water flows through it, activating the turbine and harnessing up to 87 per cent of the energy from the falling water.

The scheme gives us savings worth in the region of £19,000 – £26,000 per year, while reducing our carbon emissions by more than 42,000 kilograms per year.

The screw was selected for its low impact on the river’s ecosystem and its efficient energy production. We have developed a side stream to improve fish spawning grounds and enhance the Bladon Dam ecosystem.  

Solar Power

Solar Power

As well as the installation of both a hydro dam and biomass boilers, solar energy is the latest addition to our growing sources of renewable energy on the Estate.

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Solar Power

The latest addition to our renewable energy sources is 196 solar panels located at the premises of our bottling plant and rural offices. The solar panels will generate 50kw of electricity and save approximately £4500 in electricity costs per year at the bottling plant. As well as cutting down our energy costs, this will also reduce our carbon footprint by preventing approximately 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being produced. 

Our Policy

Our Policy

With a Gold award in Green Tourism we are constantly striving to make Blenheim Palace a more environmentally sensitive destination.

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Environmental Stewardship

As part of our environmental commitments we are proud that almost 6000 acres of the Estate are managed under of one of country's largest, most diverse Environmental Stewardship Agreements.

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Environmental Stewardship

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