The Royal Victoria is delighted to receive the prestigious international award, the Goriad Gwyrdd / Green Key. This coveted environmental accreditation is awarded to organisations for making efforts to run more sustainable businesses, with energy, water, waste, green activities and guest engagement being areas of particular focus.
Ann Owen, Deputy General Manager, said: “We’re delighted with the award. It recognises our commitment to the environment and, of course, increasing what we do in the future.”
To achieve the award numerous changes were implemented at the hotel, all aiming to make it a greener, more sustainable place to stay and work. For example, the hotel has engaged a new guest toiletries supplier so all the toiletries are refilled on site and bottles sent back to the supplier to be refilled. Efforts to source ingredients locally and processes for monitoring energy and water usage have also been introduced.
Over the next few months, Royal Victoria will continue in its efforts to become a more sustainable business by improving water consumption. The hotel will be reducing the water flow in the majority of bathroom sink taps to comply with the Green Key standard of 8 litres per minute.
Green Key is the world’s largest global eco-label award. To date, it has been awarded to more than 3,100 tourism providers in 60 countries around the world. Green Key was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (also known for the Blue Flag beach award) and, just like Blue Flag, Green Key is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy. Internationally, Green Key is an award recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and UNESCO.