Climate Change

To ensure Center Parcs plays its part in reducing the impact of climate change, we have set ambitious targets and will invest in technologies to reduce our carbon footprint. We are committed to:

A carbon reduction target of 20% by 2020 compared to our baseline 2009/2010 year

Our investment in energy efficiency realised an impressive 12.5% saving in electricity. This saving was achieved by a variety of different energy saving initiatives, including:

  • Investing over £900,000 on new boilers and a combined heat and power unit at Longleat Forest
  • Smaller scale energy initiatives, including LED panels, VSDs and heat recovery

Produce or source 10% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020

It’s difficult to install renewable sources into a forest environment, but we have found sunny areas to install solar panels and thermal heating to lodges at Longleat Forest, Elveden Forest and Sherwood Forest. We have also recently installed photovoltaic panels at our Head Office and we are aiming to generate 10% of the energy used at Head Office through them.

We have installed our largest solar thermal system to date in the Lakeside Apartments at Whinfell Forest and our new Village, Woburn Forest, has a biomass district heating system and solar panels, making it our most sustainable Village yet.

Achieve carbon neutral expansion of new facilities

It’s important for us to understand how new facilities and the accommodation we build impacts on our carbon footprint. Every time we embark on a new project, the energy consumption and environmental impact is carefully considered. We then explore all opportunities to reduce the impact of each project and, if necessary, offset the emissions elsewhere.

Our fifth Village, Woburn Forest, has been designed to be our most energy efficient Village to date. Woburn Forest aims to consume 25% less energy than our other Villages and we have invested in energy efficient and renewable technologies, such as biomass district heating, to help us achieve our target. We have used more than 25 years of experience, along with new sustainable technologies, to keep energy use at Woburn Forest as low as possible. These include:

  • Integrated Building & Energy Management Systems alongside sophisticated energy monitoring across the Village
  • An Energy Centre providing heat and energy for the whole Village via a district heating system
  • Photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Cycle Centre, which will produce energy to power our Technical Services team's electric vehicles
  • Lodges built using sustainable materials, including low carbon, high performance insulation to keep heat loss to a minimum and with large windows to reduce need for artificial light
  • LED light bulbs
  • Suppressed flush system in the WC facilities
  • Good rail links, providing guests with the opportunity to use public transport to minimise their carbon footprint. We offer a complimentary shuttle bus service between Flitwick Station and Woburn Forest on Mondays and Fridays.

We will ensure our commercial vehicle fleet is the most efficient and least polluting option practically possible

We set a minimum green standard for vehicles and are currently in the process of changing our vehicle fleet to include the Renault Kangoo electric vehicles. Importantly, the Renault Kangoo electric vehicles are more robust and overcome some of the typical problems with charging in cold weather. We have also recently added more electric vehicles to the fleet at Longleat Forest.

Last updated 6 January 2015.