Cairn Hotel Group, a leading name in the UK hospitality sector, has proudly announced its significant achievement in sustainability practices, with 28 of its hotels and three standalone bars and restaurants receiving Green Tourism accreditation.
Among these, seven hotels have been awarded the silver certification, and 24 venues have earned the bronze recognition. This accomplishment is a testament to the Group’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and its positive impact on the communities where it operates.
Green Tourism, the world-leading sustainability accreditation partner, has supported Cairn Hotel Group in its journey towards sustainability. This partnership has allowed the Group to align its practices with the highest standards of environmental responsibility. The accreditation process involved a comprehensive assessment based on 15 sustainability criteria, encompassing the areas of People, Places, and Planet. This holistic approach evaluates the social, economic, and environmental initiatives undertaken by Cairn Hotel Group, ensuring a thorough appraisal of its performance.
Tina O’ Hara, commercial director at Cairn Hotel Group, expressed her delight at this achievement: “We are immensely proud to be recognised by Green Tourism for our efforts in sustainability. This accreditation is not just a badge of honour but a continuous commitment to minimising our environmental footprint while enhancing the well-being of our guests, employees, and the local communities. We are dedicated to driving sustainable practices across all aspects of our business and are excited about the positive impact this will have.”
In line with its sustainability goals, Cairn Hotel Group is focused on adopting renewable and sustainable products across its businesses. Efforts include sourcing eco-friendly materials, creating a sustainable supply chain, and promoting environmentally responsible alternatives. The Group is also implementing new waste management programmes to reduce waste generation, increase recycling rates, and minimise the environmental impact of waste disposal.
Furthering its commitment, the Group has appointed Sustainability Champions across its venues. These individuals are pivotal in spearheading sustainability initiatives, promoting environmental awareness, and embedding sustainable practices throughout the organisation.
Cairn Hotel Group has also launched ‘Stay Your Way’ a unique sustainability program within its Cairn Collection and independent properties, designed to provide our guests with a sustainable stay tailored to them.
Cairn Hotel Group recognises the importance of low carbon travel and has launched various initiatives to encourage greener transportation methods. These include promoting car share schemes, cycle-to-work programmes, investment in electric vehicles, and installing EV charging points, all aimed at reducing carbon emissions and fostering a cleaner environment.
Committed to community sustainability, Cairn Hotel Group supports small and local businesses through its supply chain, fostering economic growth and creating opportunities for sustainable development.
This accreditation by Green Tourism marks a significant milestone in Cairn Hotel Group’s sustainability journey, underlining its role as a responsible and forward-thinking player in the hospitality industry.