We filled in an on-line Carbon Trust application today at http://www.thecarbontrust.co.uk/energy/pages/site_survey_application.asp
The form was relatively simple to complete. I would suggest that if your organisation asks for a survey that you mention that you would like a consultant with knowledge of heat exchange principles, heat pumps, thermal storage, solar hot water and gray water recycling.
We have just fitted the solar tanks below the new Spa development. This has cost over £25K in costs and should be enough accumulation tank volume wise for around 100m2 of Solar panels on the roof of either the restaurant or the main roof when we finally develop the 4th floor. These tanks have had to be specially designed due to the space they are fitting in as they will essentially be under ground when fitted and we do not want to be returning to them at a later date. I seems that the real cost has been the Solar heating control mechanism at some £6,000!
Why fit them now? Well we need to develop the Spa Treatements business and sometimes you have to buy the cart before the horse!
The organisation has been working with Scarborough Fair Carbon for the last 6 months we finally got the system off the ground having worked closely with Andy Sharp of Scarborough Fair Carbon. This allows guests to offset their visit to the Crown Spa Hotel by making a contribution whilst they are in the hotel; though David Frank our Green Director is somewhat anti-offset. Whenever we burn fossil fuels, be it in a power station, in a car engine, in a boiler or on an open fire, we add extra carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This is the major cause of climate change. Scarborough Fair Carbon doesn’t prevent these emissions, but it does:
• Give customers the opportunity to offset the emissions resulting from their own visit
by purchasing verified reductions in emissions which have been made by renewable energy projects in developing countries.
• Transfer resources to those countries so that they can avoid our worst excesses.
• Encourage the local hospitality trade to improve its environmental performance.
• Help to develop sustainable local tourism.
• Raise awareness of our everyday emissions and their impact.
It does this by
• Calculating how much carbon dioxide is emitted, on average, by each room per night.
• Donating at least 10% of receipts to sustainable tourism projects in Yorkshire.
As well as the emissions from your stay we’re also happy to cover the emissions from your
journey to and from Scarborough; the rough calculations are below so that guests can carbon offset their environmental impact.
After much persuasion I have finally collected all the data, actions and thoughts of the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough management team in one place in a kind off Blogg page. Over the coming years we will add to this page as we progress though we are more of a “doing” team than a documenting team.