Posted 28th May 2018 by Peter Byrne
Blenheim Palace has been labelled one of the UK's 'greenest' tourist attractions, a new audit by Green Tourism has found
This saw Blenheim Palace assessed under 10 different categories which include energy saving, waste minimisation, purchasing, social responsibility and equality and achieved a score of 88 per cent.
Receiving a Gold Award, the score means the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the best performing Green Tourism members globally.
Jon Proctor, Technical Director for Green Tourism who conducted the audit, said: "We are delighted to confirm Blenheim Palace has gained a Green Tourism Gold Award with a score putting the internationally recognised Palace in the top five per cent of Green Tourism members".
"The palace continues to innovate with more renewables as well as best practice in water, energy management, nature conservation and green cleaning. Food and drink has a strong bias to local sourcing and the menu uses products from the estate reducing food miles to food yards."
"On my visit not only was I able to witness some excellent practices I could also get a real feel for the positive energy and drive of the organisation as a whole and we wholeheartedly recommend them as a leading global green minded attraction."
"As an indication of how good the estate is the carbon footprint per visitor is only 1kg and the total kWh per square metre is 121kwh/m2 per annum this achieves a high standard and compares well against even new ‘eco’ builds".
As well as committing to energy saving measures, Blenheim has also committed to sourcing products and services locally. 80 per cent of food sold on site will come from within a 50-mile radius, with over 60 per cent of Blenheim's total spend done within 20 miles of the Estate.