Whatley Manor achieves EarthCheck accreditation

By Ben Carey on 26 October, 2022

Malmesbury’s Whatley Manor has become the first luxury country manor house hotel in the UK to achieve EarthCheck’s silver accreditation.

EarthCheck is the world’s leading business advisory group specialising in sustainability and destination management for the travel and tourism industry. By working with EarthCheck, Whatley Manor has joined other industry leaders in taking meaningful steps towards resolving some of the very real issues that face the planet.

According to EarthCheck, its approach to responsible tourism and its world leading science enables destinations and operators to benchmark and certify their performance with confidence and surety.

As part of the accreditation process, Whatley Manor had to closely monitor and report on the environmental and social impact of the business.

The following 10 Key Performance Areas were assessed and audited by EarthCheck:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Management
  • Management of Freshwater Resources
  • Ecosystem Conservation and Management
  • Social and Cultural Management
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Air Quality Protection
  • Wastewater Management
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Environmentally Harmful Substances

Sue Williams, General Manager of Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, said, “We are delighted to be the first countryside luxury hotel to have achieved the Silver accreditation awarded by EarthCheck. This serves as a solid testament to the sustainability initiatives we have deployed at Whatley since 2019.

“We are committed to continue this challenging yet meaningful and exciting journey – achieving our goals to have net zero carbon emission.”

To avoid catastrophic climate change, the world needs to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels. Today, we are already at 1.1 °C and feeling the effects, meaning that the window for achieving our target and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change is rapidly closing.

Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said, “I would like to congratulate the whole team at Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa on their achievement. Whatley Manor is a valued member of a global group of tourism operators who dare to make a difference.”