The Celtic Manor Resort recognises it has moral and social responsibilities to the environment and is committed to developing an environmentally responsible business. We appreciate that environmental management is an issue of on-going concern for our customers, staff and suppliers and know that it requires constant reassessment, monitoring and continual improvement. We are dedicated to ensuring sustainability awareness, use of smart technology and ongoing staff training minimise our impact on the environment.
An environmental management system was developed to help the Resort oversee its operations and reduce its impact on the environment. The Celtic Manor Resort is continually aiming to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.
Environmental improvements at The Celtic Manor Resort include:
- Fitting of low-wattage and LED bulbs to over 10,000 fixtures throughout the Resort
- Installation of timed heating, lighting and cooling equipment based on room occupation
- Installation of remote energy monitoring technology to minimise energy wastage and reduce our carbon footprint
- Our menus incorporate locally sourced ingredients from responsible suppliers and are influenced by seasonal availability, minimising our carbon footprint.
- Segregation of waste types at source enabling us to recycle our key waste streams. This includes recycling 75 tonnes of glass and 60 tonnes of cardboard and paper annually, separation and responsible disposal of WEEE, food and general waste
- Creation of beautiful natural habitats, facilitating the return of indigenous grasses, plants and wildlife
- 100% self-sustained irrigation system on all three resort golf courses
- Mapping, construction and maintenance of Celtic Manor woodland walks
- Use of organic, fair trade and local produce where possible
- Closed loop waste to water system ensuring no discharge of dirty water on the 2010 maintenance facility
- Construction of badger sets, underground toad tunnels and overhead dormouse bridges to help relocate wildlife from target areas
- Implementation of a ten-metre exclusion zone on the banks of the River Usk to preserve otter holts
- Investment in a weather station that we use to ensure all spraying only hits target areas, this is coupled with low drift nozzles on all sprayers.
- Introduction of a fleet of electric cars for internal use throughout the Celtic Manor resort
- Runner-up, Carbon Trust Wales Environment Award
The Celtic Manor Resort is committed to continuing to improve its environmental performance. The Resort’s policy is to:
- Record and monitor all environmental impact, including new projects, and set specific impact reduction targets
- Comply with all current legislation and aim to meet future legislative requirements
- Minimise waste and recycle as much as is economically practical, ensuring the remainder is disposed of responsibly
- Integrate environmental objectives into relevant business decisions in a cost effective manner
- Increase staff training to further address environmental responsibilities within the framework of normal operating procedures
- Continue to support and promote local businesses; our menus incorporate locally sourced ingredients from responsible suppliers and are influenced by seasonal availability, minimising our transport carbon footprint.
- Influence suppliers of services and goods to reduce their impact on the environment and only use suppliers that have good environmental practices
- Continually strive to reduce our energy consumption by monitoring usage and implementing smart energy efficient technology
- Enhance awareness of relevant energy and environmental issues among guests
- Publish information on environmental performance
- Continue our commitment to the prevention of pollution
- Ongoing support of our chosen charities and community projects
- Develop environmental response plans for major incidents in order to minimise their environmental impact
The Twenty Ten Course Build
Building the new Twenty Ten Course, the first course in history to be purpose-built for The Ryder Cup, posed significant environmental challenges;
The Usk Valley location is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as the natural habitat for a number of species including dormice, toads, adders and otters. Land at The Celtic Manor Resort is also an area of considerable archaeological value within a mile of the old Roman fortress town of Caerleon.
The Celtic Manor Resort worked closely with wildlife agencies, Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government’s historical environment division, and Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust to protect both the ecology of the site and its archaeological integrity.
Twenty Ten Course:
- Adhered to a total of 42 planning conditions on the build
- Changed Twenty Ten Course plans a dozen times as new archaeological finds were uncovered, including Roman pottery kilns, villa foundations and graves
- Assisted with logging and documentation of archaeological finds, many of which were covered back over with earth to prevent erosion. Others are being catalogued and will return to museums at Caerleon, Cardiff and Aberystwyth
- Constructed overhead road crossings for dormice following a six-month study of dormouse colonies
- Constructed underground road crossings for toads
- Re-located badger setts
- Implemented a ten-metre exclusion zone on the banks of the River Usk to preserve otter holts, with all mowing banned in this zone.
- Additional exclusion zones implemented around lakes and hedgerows.
- Ensure all machines are maintained to the highest standard from our specialist mechanics, minimising emissions
- Use of highly sharpened mowers means that the grass is less likely to be diseased.
- Invested in a weather station that we use to ensure all spraying only hits target areas, this is coupled with low drift nozzles on all sprayers.
- Use of highly durable rye grass on the course significantly reduces the need for any chemicals or fertilizers.
In addition The Twenty Ten Course has seen:
- The return of indigenous grasses, plants and wildlife since conversion from intensive farmland
- Fish, amphibians and wild fowl thrive in and around the man-made lakes
In common with the other golf courses at The Celtic Manor Resort, maintenance of The Twenty Ten Course features:
- 100 per cent self-sustained irrigation. Rain water collects in a specially-constructed irrigation reservoir or is pumped up from lakes on The Twenty Ten. No water is taken from the mains or water table
- Only environmentally-friendly fertilisers are used on fairways and greens, non-reliance on outside agents ensures a rapid breakdown