Skarrildhus operates a CO2-free hotel: This means that we have some values that we have incorporated on a daily basis. In collaboration with Ramboll we have developed a climate change plan for Skarrildhus, and in 2009 the calculations showed that the buildings on Skarrildhus run Co2-free. However, this does not mean that we think we have done enough. No, we are going in to refine and make Skarrildhus even nicer and cleaner than it is.
The food used at the hotel is based mainly on organic raw materials which are purchased locally and regionally. Production of wind energy - we provide power for approx. 700 paceller. We established a chip furnaces in the summer of 2006, and use it for heating in all the buildings. In September 2009, Skarrildhus won Herning's Environmental Award for Active Climate and Energy Efforts At Skarrildhus we recognize corporate social responsibility, and we describe our personnel policy as humanistic.
We work with the environment in 4 dimensions: environmental sustainability, social sustainability, health sustainability and economic sustainability.
Furthermore, Hotel Skarrildhus has been awarded with the worldwide eco-label, Green Key. By obtaining the Green Key we show a sense of responsibility for our surroundings and society. In order to obtain The Green Key a company has to fulfill a list of environmental requirements. These requirements are contained in a number of criteria which are listed below:
The hotel must have an environmental policy and formulate objectives and an action plan for their constant improvement. The hotel must comply with national environmental legislation. The total water consumption must be registered at least once a month. The staff and cleaning personnel must regularly check for dripping taps and leaky toilets. Paper towels and toilet paper must be made of non-chlorine bleached paper or must be awarded with an eco-label. The establishment must separate waste into the categories that can be handled separately by the local or national waste management facilities. If the local waste management authorities do not collect waste at or near the establishment, then the establishment must ensure safe transportation of its waste to the nearest appropriate site for waste treatment. Energy use must be registered at least once a month. At least 50% of the light bulbs must be energy efficient. Heating, air-conditioning, and other electric devices must be based on time schedules for when the accommodation facilities are not in use. The majority of the rooms must be non-smoking. Chemical pesticides and fertilizers cannot be used more than once a year, unless there is no organic or natural equivalent. Flowers and gardens must be watered in the early morning or after sunset. The stationery, brochures, etc. produced or ordered by the establishment must be awarded with an eco-label or produced by a company with an environmental management system
Green Key: The hotel must be able to inform its guest about local public transportation systems and other alternatives. When it is possible the establishment must purchase and register the amount of labeled (organic or other acknowledged eco-label) foods and focus on buying locally produced product, when they have less impact on the environment than non-local products. The hotel must keep guests involved and informed about its environmental policy and goals and always encourage guests and the local community to participate in environmental initiatives. The hotel must appoint an environmental manager who ensures that staffs receive training on environmental issues.
Certified forests around Skarrildhus:
For us, the phrase "out in the green forest" has a special significance. For many years we have operated in accordance with sustainable forestry principles. This has now resulted in a certification of the forest. The certification means that we ensure that the forest management retains a healthy forest, takes account of animal and plant life, protect soil and water from pollution and makes the woods into a recreational area for children and adults. Both the environment, plant and animal life and forest users benefit from a certification because we commit ourselves to meet certain requirements in relation to both the daily and forestry in relation to creating a good environment for forest users.
Below you can read what requirements we have admitted us through an international certification:
1) The social conditions Taking account of ancient monuments and other historical traces Ensure opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature experiences Ensure stable conditions for employees Enter into dialogue with local people about the operation
2) The ecological conditions: Record and ensure the natural values Restore natural wetlands Let individual trees decay in a natural way in the forest production area Using natural regeneration Classify areas as untouched
3) The Economic conditions Ensure production of quality timber and vary the choice of tree species Vary the supply of products Allocate areas for more intensive use
We have always appreciated and cared for our parks and forests. Today this is handled by Heath Denmark.
It is our hope that by making these commitments, we can give our guests, customers and other stakeholders full confidence in the service and products we provide, and that they are based on solid principles of social, environmental and economic responsibility