Slieve Donard Resort And Spa Switches To Gas After £1.1m Investment
The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle is the latest business to have reduced its carbon footprint by making the switch to natural gas as part of a major £6 million extension project by Phoenix Natural Gas to extend access to its network to 13 towns across Co. Down.
The hotel, which is owned by Hastings Hotels, made the move following a £1.1 million investment in the hotel.
The investment included the installation of a brand new kitchen, a redesign of the drawing room and the upgrading of 16 of the hotel's guest bedrooms.
Michael Weston, general manager at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, said, "We are committed to conducting our business in a way that ensures environmental sustainability for future generations.
"This made making the move to natural gas, which produces less carbon than any other fossil fuel, a priority for us as soon as it became available in the area.
"As well as the environmental savings, connecting to natural gas has allowed us to install new combined heating and power units, which allows us to convert any surplus gas into electricity, which is further reducing our carbon emissions and reducing our overall electricity costs.
"All of which is achieved without any compromise to the comfort, standard and enjoyment of our guests."
Olly Mars, industrial & commercial sales manager at Phoenix Natural Gas, is delighted with the number of businesses making the switch to natural gas as a result of the network extension.
Mars said, "As well as bringing an environmental benefit, we are seeing more and more commercial customers making the move for the additional benefits that natural gas can bring.
"From consolidating their fuel choices to better utilising their existing spaces with the removal of large boilers, we are seeing more and more commercial customers investing in natural gas to fuel the future of their business."
© 2019 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Aidan O'Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.