Eco Friendly Holidays
Cornish Horizons has created the Eco Cottages Scheme to give you the opportunity to book a greener holiday and have a lesser impact on the environment.
About the scheme
We decided to create the scheme to encourage owners to adopt green and sustainable improvements and practices for their holiday properties.
It not only focuses on energy efficiency, generation and reducing carbon footprints, but also includes other sustainability measures such as buying local, using fair trade and recycled products, water management, encouraging wildlife, reducing pollution and waste management/recycling.
You can see how points are gained on the Eco Cottages form template.
Points are primarily awarded on the basis of a questionnaire completed by the owner, although additional points can be awarded at Cornish Horizons' discretion for extra green measures (section L of the form). The property has also to achieve a minimum number of points in 9 out of 11 categories (see page 7 of the form).
If they pass 10/10 sections (A - J inclusive) a minimum total score of 150 is needed
If only pass 9/10 sections (A - J inclusive) a minimum total score of 160 is needed
If they pass 10/10 sections (A - J inclusive) a minimum total score of 190 is needed
If only pass 9/10 sections (A - J inclusive) a minimum total score of 200 is needed
How we devised our scheme
We didn't want to just make a token effort at creating a green eco cottage scheme because it was popular or trendy. So we have spent a considerable amount of time and effort devising our scheme. We have undertaken huge amounts of research, read countless articles and have consulted a number of differing bodies.
Of course everyone's opinion will differ on the merits of different green and sustainable improvements and so you may not agree with the way we have scored everything. However, we hope that you will agree that we have put considerable effort into creating balanced and well thought out criteria and scoring system which also clearly explains how a property achieves our eco rating.
Our green credentials
Cornish Horizons has achieved a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme for our own practices and premises. The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK.