We are proud that Seymour Hotels have been commended for our environmental policy, with both the Merton Hotel and the Pomme d'Or Hotel accredited for their superb efforts. We are working towards an accreditation at the Greenhills Country House Hotel in 2017.
The Merton Hotel has been awarded a Silver award from the Green Tourism scheme and The Pomme d’Or Hotel has been awarded level 2 of the Eco Active business scheme. Both schemes are held in high regard and set stringent standards covering a range of criteria, such as those listed below. We continue to monitor all of our policies closely to ensure that we support the principles set out within these initiatives, and are working actively towards the next goal.
Natural environment (biodiversity)
We recognise that our activities can impact on the natural environment and will do all we can to conserve this, particularly when considering new building development. Efforts are made to avoid the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, to reuse waste water in garden areas and to limit interference with the natural order of the Island's eco-systems.
We do all we can to ensure efficient use of water, installing water saving fixtures in public areas and guest rooms, reusing waste water where possible for garden watering and encouraging both guests and staff to be mindful of scarce water resources.
Efforts are continually being made to reduce the amount of waste generated and reallocation of resources within the hotel is always considered before disposal. Whilst some waste (for example glass) is sorted for recycling at the disposal stage we recognise that more could be done within the Island as a whole and will work actively with the appropriate authorities to achieve this goal.
We recognise that, in order to reach Jersey, many of our guests will chose to travel by air, although we always ensure that information about sea routes is made available as an alternative. However we are able to influence more environmentally friendly forms of transport once our guests are in the Island and, as such, ensure that information about buses, and in particular about cycling and walking, is made readily available.
Wherever practical we purchase locally and when sourcing goods from outside the Island we favour suppliers who subscribe to the principles of "Fair Trade" or similar ethical and environmental initiatives.
We advise guests and other customers about our commitment to environmental improvements and invite them to support initiatives such as reduced towel laundering and energy and water conservation. We also encourage visitors to give us feedback about our performance in this area and to suggest ways we can make even more of a difference.
Awareness of our environmental policy is a key feature of employee induction and training. We want to encompass the enthusiasm and commitment of staff by setting up "Green Teams" to help drive through improvements and initiatives, to generate new ideas and to monitor and to provide feedback on our activities.
Our Eco Action plans are monitored on an ongoing basis. These plans focus on the above activities in the following areas - Guest Facilities, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage, Administration and Reception.