Top Eco-Tourism Award for Cornish Hotel


Carbon management company co2balance.com and Cornish hotel Bedruthan Steps have taken the top Eco-Tourism Award at this years "Green Apple Awards".



[ClickPress, Wed Nov 29 2006] The Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Cornwall has been recognised at a national environmental ceremony, taking home a “Green Champion” award for its work on eco-tourism with carbon management company co2balance.com.

The Green Apple Award for Environmental Excellence showcases companies that have demonstrated a significant impact in improving the environment, and over the past year Cornish hotel Bedruthan Steps has been working with co2balance.com to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that they emit.

The Awards Ceremony was held earlier this month at the Tower of London, and presenting the awards was TV personality and environmentalist David Bellamy.

Emma Stratton from the Bedruthan Steps Hotel said: “We were thrilled to be short listed, and so to pick up the top award for eco-tourism was a fantastic achievement”.

“Over the past year, we have been working on a series of environmental initiatives, including looking at ways of reducing and re-balancing our carbon emissions. The scheme enables us to offer our visitors the opportunity for a tree to be planted each time they stay, in order to absorb the carbon dioxide produced during their travels to the hotel”.

Since the start of the scheme, over 500 trees have been planted in co2balance’s plantation in Devon. This former agricultural land is being turned into woodland through the planting of native broadleaf trees. Land will be acquired in Cornwall this winter to create the “Bedruthan Steps Wood” for all future plantings.

Mike Rigby, Director of co2balance believes that annually the scheme will result in 1,100 trees being planted, saying that, “this equates to over 990 tonnes of carbon being absorbed into the trees rather than remaining in the atmosphere, where it contributes to global warming “.

For more information on how to reduce your carbon footprint and lower the amount of CO2 that you create contact co2balance on www.co2balance.com, email enquiries@co2balance.com, or phone 0845 094 2620. To book a stay at the award winning Bedruthan Steps Hotel, logon to www.bedruthan.com or phone 01637 860555.

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Notes to Editors:

About co2balance ltd:
co2balance’s aim is to provide a simple, practical and cost-effective way to individuals and businesses of reducing their ‘carbon footprint’ and then balancing their unavoidable carbon dioxide emissions through investment in woodland planting and energy efficiency. After providing advice on carbon reduction, co2balance will arrange to offset the residual CO2 emissions.

About carbon dioxide:
Carbon dioxide is produced primarily through the burning of fossil fuels (used for electricity generation, the powering of vehicles etc). This gas is the chief culprit, due to the volumes produced, of what is commonly known as ‘the greenhouse effect’. This then results in climate change, which has serious environmental and economic impacts, and is believed to be the cause of the extreme weather conditions the world is witnessing with increasing frequency.

About woodland in the UK:
The UK’s woodland coverage has improved over the last century. Only 5% of the country was under woodland in 1924 but by 2005 this had risen to 12%. However this is still low when compared with other European nations like Sweden (66%), France (28%) and Spain (29%). New woodland not only helps to absorb atmospheric Carbon Dioxide but also provides community woodland, improved biodiversity and an economic resource.

About the Green Apple Awards:
The Green Apple Awards for Environmental Excellence is an annual award that promotes companies and organisations for their high quality environmental schemes. There are four levels of Awards: from Bronze, Silver, and Gold, to the top award of “Green Champion”.

For further information – including a range of images and pictures - please contact: Paul Chiplen, Communications Manager, on 07837 766020 or paul.chiplen@co2balance.com


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