The Glenuig Inn is a rural inn in the Sound of Arisaig on the West Coast of Scotland. It has been renovated and transformed to become Scotland’s exemplar green inn. It was clear to the judges that the business is an excellent example of a failing business which has been turned around through the implementation of energy efficiency measures and is proof that a comprehensive approach to energy conservation, reduction and re-use is both achievable and sustainable.
Through effective monitoring and good use of energy reporting, Glenuig Inn has been able to show significant carbon reduction levels despite an increase in business. It was obvious to the VIBES panel that the holistic approach taken by the business has enabled it to make outstanding achievements in terms of energy reduction, energy costs per room and per guest, and carbon footprint reduction.
The renovation programme began in 2009 and included the following.
Implementing these measures has resulted in a number of environmental and economic benefits. Energy costs have reduced significantly and the carbon footprint was calculated by the Energy Saving Trust at just 18.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions for 2010/2011 compared with a predicted 109 tonnes if the changes hadn’t been made.
The success of the business has allowed employment of a larger team during the summer months, as well as the employment of local contractors and supply firms for the inn’s maintenance and upkeep. This focus on local business has made a positive impact on the local economy and was highly commended by the judges.
The renovation of Glenuig Inn fully demonstrates that energy efficiency makes good business sense, with the business experiencing a significant turnaround in energy costs, resulting in a negative energy cost in the near future.
With the future plans for the Inn including further measures to improve the energy efficiency in the building containing the main guest bedrooms, as well as encouraging guests to visit during the lower season months, through activities such as sailing and kayaking, it seems that the business will make even further improvements in the coming years and leave visitors feeling inspired.