Post date: 3rd August
We want to become a flagship of sustainable development in the Visitor Attraction arena, and have adopted a comprehensive new sustainability policy which will have a radical impact across all of our businesses.
This newly-implemented policy aims to promote social improvement, stimulate economic regeneration and protect the environment. It’s part of our ambitious targets to become a net generator of renewable energy and triple our economic impact to local communities by 2027.
“As part of our commitment to sustainability, Blenheim aims to reduce its impact on the environment, stimulate the local economy and support local communities through all our activities,” said CEO Dominic Hare.
“Blenheim is committed to increasing the proportion of goods and services that are sourced locally without compromising on cost, quality or safety and to increase the quantity and quality of jobs created in the local area. Where possible we will procure goods, products and services from suppliers who operate no more than 20 miles from the Blenheim Estate,” he added.
Earlier this year we also appointed Jacqueline Gibson as Environmental Advisor and have set up a ‘Green Team’ with members from across the Estate who meet monthly to implement a Sustainability Action Plan. The plan incorporates ten themes including energy saving, carbon reduction, waste management, water conservation and ecological protection.
In 2016 we produced 15% of our energy consumption from renewable sources and we are on course to significantly increase that figure in 2017. Year-on-year there has also been a 9% reduction in overall waste, and on average five tonnes of CO2 carbon transport emissions are being saved each month.
Currently 97% of the waste produced by the Estate is either recycled or diverted from landfill and 30% of it is processed locally at an anaerobic digestion plant six miles from the Estate. We have also committed to sourcing all of our tea, coffee and sugar to Fairtrade Certified Standards.
To further add to the sustainable coffee experience, the beans are roasted within an eight-mile radius of Blenheim Palace using carbon neutral wood pellets. The waste coffee grinds are also recovered into energy by the nearby anaerobic digester in Cassington.
As part of this commitment we are also working with organisations including Sustainable Woodstock, Wrap, Low Carbon Oxford, Green Tourism, Good Food Oxford and Fit For The Future.
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