Goodwood wins UK's greenest hotel in top industry award for new biomass project

Entertaining & Hospitality | Press Article 17/04/24

For Immediate Release 6 July 2022

The Goodwood Hotel in West Sussex has been crowned the most Sustainable Business in a top award ceremony in London.

Judges of the hospitality industry’s Catey awards said The Goodwood Hotel was a “shining example of how to work towards becoming a green business” and praised its impressive 10-year sustainability strategy.

The Catey awards were held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, on 5 July 2022, to celebrate the best and brightest businesses and individuals in hospitality across the UK.

Goodwood Entertaining and Hospitality Managing Director, Andrew Coggings, commented: “Winning a Catey is hugely significant because recipients are nominated, selected and rewarded by their peers.

“We are beyond thrilled The Goodwood Hotel has been recognised as Britain’s most sustainable hospitality business for the innovative steps we’ve taken to neutralise our impact on the environment over the past year.

“This award highlights Goodwood’s commitment to environmental practices in order to become a carbon neutral estate by 2030.”

Goodwood’s hotel beat competition from finalists including Fallow, a restaurant in London, Heckfield Place in Hampshire, Levy UK & Ireland, Eurest food services and the University of Sheffield.

One of judges of the Sustainable Business Award, which is sponsored by 4c Associates, Sue Williams, Whatley Manor General Manager, described Goodwood’s win as “a truly inspiring submission.”

“A company that is quietly going about decarbonising their business in a very thorough and fulsome way,” she added.

Some of the new sustainability measures introduced by Goodwood are the investment in a £6 million biomass waste-to-energy facility to provide heat and power to the hotel.

The new biomass system was installed on the estate during the pandemic. It was turned on last November, delivering combine heat and power to the hotel.

The biomass is fuelled by 3,500 tonnes of straw from Festival of Speed, 3,000 tonnes of woodchip from Goodwood’s forestry team.

Goodwood’s wider sustainability action plan focuses on its natural resources, carbon, water and the community. Future plans include generating green energy with solar panels, hydro and aerobic-digestion.

A fleet of hybrid and electric machinery has been commissioned to look after the two golf courses along with additional high-speed electric vehicle charging points being installed across the estate.

Juliane Cailouette-Noble, SRA Development Director and one of the judges of the Sustainable Business award added: “This year was an extremely tough competition. Never have we had so many submissions – let alone so many with such detailed commitment, such clear plans integrated across the business, and such meaningful action. In any other year, all on the shortlist could have been the winner.”

Other judges of the award included Rebecca Hawkins, Responsible Hospitality Partnership Managing Director and Scott Maclean, Green Tourism Chief Executive.





About the Goodwood Hotel:

Set in the spectacular 11,000-acre Goodwood Estate, The Goodwood Hotel offers seasonal dining, stylish rooms and Goodwood heritage, serviced with welcoming, intuitive manners.

Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the Health Club, with an indoor swimming pool, as well as golf on two championship courses. Hotel guests are also welcome to use The Kennels, Goodwood members’ club house during their hotel stay.


Goodwood for Business

Goodwood is England’s greatest sporting estate and seat of the Dukes of Richmond for over three centuries. Bringing a contemporary and innovative twist to centuries of tradition, a business event at Goodwood is one to remember.

Goodwood offers a diverse range of venues, corporate experiences and events. Goodwood’s meeting and event venues include The Kennels, Goodwood House, The Goodwood Hotel, The Aerodrome as well as two trackside venues located at the iconic Motor Circuit.


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