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Award-winning ‘Green’ hotel is top of the tree again

Posted on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:31AM by
Peak District’s East Lodge takes care of guests and the environment.

Environmentally friendly Peak District hotel and restaurant East Lodge has underlined its green credentials by securing ISO14001 accreditation from the British Standards Institute (BSI), thanks to some illuminating discoveries - and subsequent alterations to business practices.

ISO14001 is the internationally accepted standard for businesses looking to put in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) for their business and for the past year Rowsley’s East Lodge has been hard at work behind the scenes delivering the same high standards in its environmental performance as it is famous for in the rest of the business.

As part of this, the hotel switched all its lighting over to energy saving LED lighting and has initiated several new processes involved in the collection and disposal of waste in a more environmental way. The £1/4 million kitchen redevelopment last year also provided an opportunity to supply the chefs not only with the very latest equipment, but energy saving appliances that would actively contribute to the environmental performance of the venue.

“It has been a tough and challenging process, but we are delighted to have met the exacting environmental standards ISO 14001 demands,” said East Lodge Deputy Managing Director, Iain Hardman. “We have always taken a pro-active approach to our green credentials, but we wanted to demonstrate that we do more than just ‘talk the talk’ when it comes to the environment and that as a business we were prepared to put our money where our mouth was and ‘walk the walk’, too.”

Nestled in the heart of arguably the most beautiful National Park in Britain and set within 10 acres of its own amazing grounds, East Lodge felt it had more of a responsibility than most to play their part in encouraging a sustainable green performance and to lead by example.

“We work with Friends of the Peak District and others to ask our guests to consider their impact on the environment when they visit us, so it is appropriate to consider our own carbon footprint,” added Iain. “Encouraging sustainable tourism is vital and protecting our environmental heritage is just one of a number of projects we have had on the boil for some time that are now coming to fruition in all areas of our business. 2012 is already promising to be an important year in the history of East Lodge.”

In addition to ISO14001, other projects initiated in 2011 such as the kitchen redevelopment and the creation of the Indigo Chef’s Table and new levels of staff training have all been part of a co-ordinated effort to deliver the finest customer experience possible and the recent award of three AA Rosettes shows that these projects are now starting to bear fruit.

ISO14001 is designed to help address the balance between maintaining profitability on one hand and reducing environmental impact on the other. At East Lodge this has allowed the management to identify aspects of the business that impacted most on the environment and couple this with a better understanding of the environmental laws relevant to East Lodge.

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and the AA’s three red stars and now three Rosettes place the hotel in a select bracket of the top 150 hotels in the whole of the UK and this exclusive venue remains one of just 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award.  

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