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Climate Change Challenge 2009

Climate Change Challenge 2009

The Grove Hotel and its owners

In 2009, we challenged 3 pubs in Wales to reduce their carbon footprint.

Who took part?

The first Challenge involved:

  • The Turf Hotel, Mold Road, Wrexham;
  • Castle Inn, Church Road, Caldicot, Monmouthshire; and
  • The Grove Hotel, High Street, St David's, Pembrokeshire.

Pubs were chosen to because they are often at the heart of the community and are visited by many different people. They also offered the chance to make the pub more efficient and get its customers to think about reducing their carbon footprints.

What did the Challenge involve?

The Challenge was launched on 24 April 2009 and ran until December 2009.

At the start, the Carbon Trust measured each pub’s carbon footprint. The pubs were then given an individual action plan, which included energy saving tips such as:

  • changing to energy efficient bulbs;
  • turning lights and equipment off when not in use;
  • composting their food waste;
  • saving water;
  • installing deep loft insulation and new draft excluders;
  • starting their own vegetable gardens; and
  • encouraging staff and customers to walk or cycle more.

Each pub was given with a starter pack to help them on their way. This included a water butt to collect rainwater for the beer garden and recycled tyre beer mats with energy saving tips on them. They also had top tips booklets to give to customers to help them think about their actions at home.

Throughout the year, the pubs were set various challenges, and held climate change themed nights to get people in the community involved. Activities included:

  • an acoustic night;
  • a ‘lights out’ candlelit dinner; and
  • a bike ride with the local football team.

The Energy Saving Trust, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Carbon Trust supported and advised the pubs to help them become more energy efficient throughout the Challenge.

At the end of the year, the pubs were visited again to see how much they had reduced their carbon footprints. To decide on the winner, the judging panel looked at:

  • their carbon savings;
  • the range and effectiveness of their activities; and
  • how many people they had persuaded to act.

The Winner

The Grove in St David’s won the 2009 Challenge. The pub made significant progress in reducing their carbon emissions and water use andt successfully involving their local community in the Challenge.

The Grove reduced its carbon footprint by:

  • replacing over 100 inefficient tungsten filament lamps with low-energy alternatives;
  • starting a vegetable and herb garden with the help of pupils from a local Primary School;
  • implementing a guest linen request programme to reduce laundry;
  • saving over £800 and 18% volume on their water bill;
  • monitoring energy use through a plug-in meter; and
  • encouraging customers to order tap over carbon-intensive bottled water with donations being made to charity WaterAid.

The Grove were rewarded with a contribution towards a cooling curtain – to help them make their hotel even more energy efficient. The curtain is in the cellar where it separates the refrigeration units which produce heat, from the drinks, barrels and casks which must be kept chilled at all time.

The Runners Up

The Turf Hotel was commended for putting in place a ‘green’ monitoring system and holding acoustic music nights to reduce electricity use. They were given a smaller contribution that was put towards low energy lighting and insulation.

The Castle Inn was also congratulated for encouraging staff to cycle to work during National Bike Week and composting all their kitchen waste. The Castle Inn was given a contribution towards a boiler for their kitchen.

Related links

In 2010-11, we challenged Community Centres to reduce their carbon footprint.