The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway has announced that they have achieved the Gold standard Green at Heart Award for the first time.
The railway joins sister attraction Ullswater ‘Steamers’ in attaining this top tier environmental accreditation.
As well as working towards being plastic-free, the railway has introduced several eco-friendly ideas. For example, you can get 25p off hot drinks with a refill mug at the cafes.
They have installed timed LED lighting for security along with a biomass boil and electric car charging points.
About the Green at Heart Award, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway said:-
The Green at Heart environmental accreditation scheme is based in Cumbria and helps
businesses develop sustainable commercial practice and achieve savings through improving
energy efficiency, cutting waste, improving transport planning and reducing vehicle journeys by electronic communications.
Rachel Bell Head of Marketing & Development comments,
‘We are working hard at both attractions to continuously improve our sustainable approaches. To achieve Gold standard at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a huge achievement. We have been focussing on removing unnecessary packaging right across the attraction, sourcing local artisan produce for the café and replacing plastic toys and gifts with responsible sourced sustainable products, alongside energy saving measures. We are delighted to improve our score at Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and to keep the momentum of change going with our newly appointed Environmental Champions.’
Laura Short of Green at Heart, says,
‘Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway have made considerable improvements in the last year. It can be a bigger challenge for businesses that are more dependent on fossil fuels but it’s about thinking outside the box and being innovative in the other ways you operate as a business and focusing on supply chains as well. It’s not just about an individual business, its equally important to think about the position of the business in the wider economy.’
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