A Denbighshire guesthouse has become the first in its region to earn the Green Key Award, an environmental accreditation promoting sustainable tourism.
Paola Albertazzi and Richard Haggerty, owners of Glan Llyn, near Eryrys, have always been interested in operating sustainably, paying particular attention to recycling and carefully sourcing local produce.
Paola and Richard said: “We are really pleased to have achieved this Green Key accreditation and to be the first in the region. It is an endorsement of the activities we, supported by our guests, are undertaking to work more sustainably and minimise our impact on the environment.”
Green Key is a Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) programme developed specifically for the tourism sector. It is the largest global eco-label awarded to more than 2,500 tourism providers in 54 countries worldwide. Green Key is operated in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy, which also runs the iconic Blue Flag and Eco-Schools FEE programmes.
Green Key allows Welsh businesses to celebrate the positive environmental changes they are implementing and market themselves to an audience that is increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities.
Richard continued: “Being the first establishment within the Clwydian Range AONB to achieve Green Key is testament to a lot of work over the last few years.
“We are passionate about the environment and operating a business in such a beautiful location comes with the responsibility to ensure you operate as sustainably as possible and pass advice and suggestions down to your guests.
“As an example of this, we have recently embarked on a new eBike hire venture.
“We all know cycling is great for the environment, but we are aware that the area is quite hilly!
“eBikes offer a great balance in a similar way to Green Key’s ethos of operating as sustainably as possible without compromising guest experience. We strive for a balance.”
Green Key accreditation guides hospitality providers through the process of making their businesses more sustainable, ultimately making commercial as well as environmental savings.
Areas of focus for the accreditation include energy, water, waste, green activities and guest engagement.