Today I did a quick calculation on the amount of CO2 we produced on a rolling year to July 2009 compared to the previous rolling 12 month period, I got some strange but dissapointing results which puzzled me at first.
We have reduced tonnes of CO2 by 15 metric tonnes C02 produced from 776Kg tonnes (year to July 2008) to 761Kg tonnes (year to July 2009), roughly 2%. However this does not include the “to be finally fitted” solar panels, the “to be fitted” rainwater harvesting, the use of our LEDs for the full year in many areas (this has been a problem lately as many of the bulbs have failed and I am awaiting replacements) and the “to be finally fitted” wood burning boiler to power heated water for the laundry, it also masked the carbon saving of bringing the laundry in house (see below) which will be roughly 11KG tonnes CO2 since it was brought in house in January 2009.
So I can say we have saved around 3.5% CO2 (adjusted for the 11Kg tonnes CO2 above ) on the previous year at the moment, though on the face of it this does not appear to be a big saving and I must say i felt a little “down on the matter”.
So I got out the older figures and then I realised that in 2005 our values were 1,005,000 KG. So since 2005 we have reduced by 25% our CO2 impact and yet we have increased the number of room nights occupied in the hotel by 12.5% without the BIG CO2 benefit of having installed and fully running quick fixes things like solar panels abd wood burning boilers which would have affected the past values tremendously.
In previous years our values for CO2 produced were
2005 1,005,000 KG
2006 909,000 KG -10%
2007 809,000 KG -12%
2008 767,439 KG -05%
2009 761,662 KG -03%
Kg’s CO2 produced per room night has fallen from 45.7 in 2005 to 32.5 year rolling to July 2009 (I expect the this year’s “year end” results to drop further as the influence of the season starts with a busy August, September and October). So we will just have to wait and see.
Today the Crown Spa Hotel was awarded the GOLD award standard from the Green Tourism Business, an officially reconised body which grades tourism businesses for their commitment, action and visible results in enviromental, cultural and social aspects of their activities.
The inspectors commented that “Crown Spa Hotel achieves a GOLD award. The hotels owners are dedicated to making the hotel a leader in sustainable tourism, the hotel is undergoing renovations in which all possible environmental options are being used, K glass double glazing, regulation exceeding Kingspan fitting, using skylights for internal lighting and also the fitting of two new biomass boilers, amongst others. Every bulb in the hotel is low energy with over 60 LEDs fitted to one conference room alone, reducing the electric costs for the hotel. All laundry is now done on site, when previously
it would have been driven to Durham, this has reduced environmental impacts and created local jobs. The hotels green initiatives are also well communicated to guests and staff alike, through use of notice boards, website and LCD TVs in public areas.”
Overall in the last year a further 5% reduction in the direct carbon footprint has been made by the Crown Spa, above and beyond the 4% reduction the previous year, the Crown Spa Hotel will be well on its way to a 20% reduction from the 2007 levels by 2015. The EU target is 20% by 2020.
David Frank Administration Director and a Green Champion said “This is great news and another first for the team at the Crown Spa Hotel and a First for North Yorkshire, and 49th holder of the coverted GOLD award in the UK. We are firmly committed to our social, cultural and environmental responsibilities at the Crown Spa all of which has been done without grant assistance, we have done this because we believe it is the right thing to do!”
95% of the scaffolding to the front of the hotel has now been removed. A small amount remains to enable painting of the annex section this week, after which it will be removed. The crane in the picture is lowering the solar panel uni-fix structure to the roof in order for the solar panels to be secured and capable of withstanding high winds. The crane will return next week to install the second set of frames. Calculations from 3 physical working test 30 tube panels indicate we should be able to heat 6600 litres of water to 65 oc in the month of August at that hight and angle.