The 900-acre Perthshire resort won the accolade after a recent inspection found that sustainable activities being undertaken on the 900-acre Perthshire resort met 80% of the Green Tourism criteria.
The popular tourist destination, which has more than 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering units and six eating outlets, as well as two swimming pools, a horse riding centre and Action Glen activity centre, was commended on its ‘green' efforts across the board in one of the most rigorous certification programmes in the industry.
Assessors praised Crieff Hydro on its commitment to sustainability, in particular the staff training and awareness.
Crieff Hydro has a dedicated ‘Green Team' made up of representatives from across all departments, who become ambassadors for identifying and implementing changes that contribute towards becoming a greener business.
The introduction of LED lighting within the hotel, significant changes to their food waste management and its visitor payback scheme, where guests are invited to donate £1 during their stay to help Perthshire's Big Tree Country Initiative, was also recognised. A truly green scheme, it helps to conserve some of the world's most enigmatic conifers in the woods, forests and estates of Perthshire.
Alexandra McDonald, Crieff Hydro's Support Services and Environment Manager, heads up the Green Team and led the visit by Green Tourism. She commented: "Since Green Tourism's last visit in 2013, we've worked hard to look for ways to improve and our Crieff Hydro Green Team are all passionate about playing their part in helping to implement the little changes that all go a long way to working more efficiently. Whether it's closer monitoring of the food waste and ways we can reduce it, or working with local community schemes to donate duvets and kitchen equipment, all of these steps have helped us achieve a fantastic grading from Green Tourism."
Stephen Leckie, CEO of Crieff Hydro, said: "We're always looking for new ways to make Crieff Hydro operate more efficiently and it's great to see Green Tourism recognise this. All of the efforts, from the team across Crieff Hydro, go a long way in making Crieff Hydro a truly green and sustainable business."
Crieff Hydro has been a member of Green Tourism, the UK's leading sustainable tourism certification scheme, since 2007. Businesses who opt to join are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.
Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director at Green Tourism, commented: "Crieff Hydro has put a lot of work into this project and the Green Team should be very proud of its achievements. Reducing food waste, working with a local company to recycle soap waste, installing LED lighting in key areas of the hotel and becoming involved with the Big Tree Country are just some of the measures that have seen Crieff Hydro to its well-deserved GOLD award!"
Green Tourism is considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind. It is the only one independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT). They also offer support and advice on developing sustainable tourism businesses.