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Green energy and reducing our carbon footprint

For some years now, Hotel Bristol has been committed to finding ways to reduce energy consumption and be more environmentally friendly. We are delighted that the result of this commitment was to win a Silver Award for Green Tourism in September 2018.

But our journey started in March 2012 when we started the installation of a major green energy project. In the Summer of 2011 one of our gas boilers became unserviceable and we looked to alternative sources to provide heating and hot water. At the same time we heard about a way of converting the waste food we produce into a fuel that could be burned in a biomass boiler.

It was clear that the food waste alone would not provide enough fuel for the energy demand we have so it was decided that we would co-fuel the biomass boiler with wood pellets.

Now  the Bionova digester converts our food waste into fuel with no issues of smell or smoke! Our 195kw biomass burner is connected to our existing systems and we also run pipes to our swimming pool so that any extra energy produced can be used to heat the pool water.

We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a wonderful location,  particularly because Cornwall tends to have a much milder climate than the rest of the UK, so we've taken advantage of the sunshine and recently installed 38 solar panels. These panels will absorb the suns rays and convert them into energy reducing our energy bill and as it's cleaner energy it helps contrubute towards lowering our carbon emissions.

If you drive an electric car, then boost your car with our 2 Fast Tesla Connectors & 1 Fast Universal, simply turn up and plug in! The car charging is free to hotel guests or diners. We are also listed on Carwow's handy interactive map of electric car charging points across the UK.

We never like to rest on our laurels and there are more improvements we hope to make.Nevertheless, we are proud to be one of a growing number of eco-friendly hotels in Cornwall making a genuine commitment to green values. We continue to recycle as much as possible including batteries, paper, cardboard and glass. Our on-site laundry is used as efficiently as possible.The team at Hotel Bristol continue to look for ways of improving and strengthening our ethical commitments and responsibilities.

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