The Glen Mhor Hotel and Apartments are situated alongside the River Ness within the centre of Inverness and we’re looking at developing ways that we can create a sustainable future for our business and meet the needs of our future guests.
The hotel is currently undertaking a large programme of re-development with a view to decarbonising the Hotel’s heating and hot water systems which will result in a large annual reduction in carbon emissions from the site of over 250 tonnes. This will provide a future proofed low carbon heating system which will be a large step towards achieving Net-Zero emissions from the Hotel complex.
The new heating system will result in the removal of over 20 gas fired individual boilers on the site which will be replaced by a centralised Water Source Heat Pump which will provide heating and hot water services throughout the Hotel complex via a district heating network.
The Water Source Heat Pump is an innovative system which is being supported by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Scheme and will draw water linked to the River Ness and use naturally occurring heat contained in this water as a source for the heat pumps. The heat pumps will boost this heat using renewably generated electricity to provide heating and hot water services throughout the site.
The system will provide a leading example of the decarbonisation of non-domestic buildings on the gas grid in Scotland and demonstrate an available natural heat source which could have significant benefits for decarbonisation projects throughout Inverness and the wider country.
We’ll keep this page updated with developments of the project and further measures we’re taking on our sustainability journey.
This year we’re launched our Hotel app to reduce the amount of paper used within the business on registration cards, receipts, key cards and order pads to enable a paperless reception for our staff and guests.
We’ve also introduced digital door key entry to reduce the amount of plastic and paper we use with replacing door key cards and room key folders.
The Glen Mhor Hotel and Apartments has been looking at sustainability practices continuously over the past 5 years and have also been carried out the following behind the scenes:
- Guest bedroom waste is sorted and recycled daily
- Refillable soaps and shampoos in all guest and public bathrooms
- Our lights have been upgraded to LEDs and we’ve installed automatic sensors in the corridors
- Our cleaning products are all eco friendly
- Reduced the printing of brochures and leaflets and out these into digital versions
In terms of our food and drink we use seasonal menus in the restaurant and source local drinks for the bar. Being based in the Highlands we’re surround by fabulous produce for our chefs to use.
Our hotel grounds have had trees planted to soak up the carbon and we replant and replace old or damaged trees every year.
As we’ve gone through a period of refurbishment in our bedrooms the old furniture has been donated to local charities in Inverness to distribute.
Future projects will be installing EV charging points in the car park and a solar panel roof on the roof of our new building.
We’re continually reviewing how we can contribute to a sustainable world and work daily to reduce our carbon footprint as a business.