Hoteliers want staff to go green

Hoteliers planning to go green for their next project are set to insist their staff pedal, walk, or use public transport to get to work.Husband and wife team John and Debbie Flowerdew will not let future employees drive to work in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and have submitted plans for a wind turbine to be installed in the grounds of the Seaview House and Elephant Inn, Mundesley, which they bought in November 2005.

Hoteliers planning to go green for their next project are set to insist their staff pedal, walk, or use public transport to get to work.

Husband and wife team John and Debbie Flowerdew will not let future employees drive to work in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and have submitted plans for a wind turbine to be installed in the grounds of the Seaview House and Elephant Inn, Mundesley, which they bought in November 2005.

Mr Flowerdew, who is the cousin of famous gardener Bob, said: “Each little change can make a difference. We all need to do what we can to save the environment.

“If we get the turbine it will be a challenge to others. It will say 'here's what we're doing, what about you?'”

The hotel already has an air to water heat pump, which cools down warm air and transforms it to energy, underfloor heating and insulation.

If the 15ft high turbine is given planning permission it will be used to power the boilers.

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But the couple's energy efficiency drive does not end there.

Mr and Mrs Flowerdew will use local food and drink suppliers to cut down on exhaust emissions, have managed to persuade traders to only deliver in re-usable packaging and are currently negotiating with breweries to not use non-returnable bottles.

They will also start a compost heap from the hotels food waste, which will be given to local gardeners.

Mr Flowerdew said: “We don't want staff creating lots of carbon emissions on the way to work, so we'll be asking them to walk, use public transport or cycle.

“Motorbikes don't use create such a large amount of emissions so they're better.

“But if staff drive to work they can't expect to park in the car park.”

The hotel is due to open in June.