Bluestone has been hailed as a “wonderful example of a
sustainable business” by Welsh Assembly Minister Jane Davidson, who
visited the national park resort for the first time last week.
Ms Davidson, the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and
Housing, was shown around the resort and its facilities, including
Blue Lagoon - believed to be the only biomass-heated waterpark in
Blue Lagoon is heated by an on-site energy centre, housing two
28-ton biomass boilers, which burn a blend of woodchip and energy
crops grown by local farmers.
Lucy Hoggins, Bluestone’s Environment Manager, said: “Our
biomass energy centre has been developed in partnership with PBE, a
local co-operative which manages the facility and sells us heat by
the unit. All feedstock, including miscanthus and willow, is
sourced from within a five radius of the site.
“By using biomass instead of oil, we are saving the emission of
3000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year; we’re saving money, and we’re
supporting the local farming community.”
The Minister also heard about the other measures and policies
Bluestone has employed, both to minimise any impact on the
environment and support the social and economic wellbeing of the
These measures include triple glazing and solar panels in the
lodges; the planting of 168,000 trees, shrubs and bulbs, and use of
the stringent Green Dragon environmental management system.
Bluestone achieved Green Dragon Level 3 in April, and hopes to
achieve Level 5 in the coming months.
Bluestone’s wage bill is currently running at over £100,000 a
week, and 98% percent of its 351 employees live in Pembrokeshire or
west Carmarthenshire. The company seeks to use local suppliers as
far as possible, and spends over £200,000 a year with its
Narberth-based suppliers alone.
“We don’t claim to be perfect and we know there will always be
room for improvement” said Bluestone CEO William McNamara, “but we
take our obligations seriously, and we think we are on course to
achieve our aim of being an exemplar of sustainable tourism in
Ms Davidson said, “Bluestone is a wonderful example of a
sustainable business and I would like to congratulate it on its
approach and on all of its achievements so far.
“I hope it inspires its visitors to change their behaviour to
make their lifestyles more sustainable.”