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A LETTER FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS OF CONSENSIO

– CERI TINLEY AND STUART PINNELL

We at Consensio embrace our responsibility to protect our environment and we are committed to driving sustainability into our operations while exceeding our guests’ expectations. We look to integrate leading environmental and social practices as well as sustainability principles into our core business strategy.

We plan for the company to be carbon neutral by 2023.

We have signed up to www.onetreeatatime.fr and have pledged to measure and disclose our environmental impact, to reduce our consumption, to reduce waste, to implement energy and water-saving actions, to recruit and educate our teams to ensure they are committed to this policy, to travel as sustainably as possible and then finally to offset by planting trees.

 

SUSTAINABILITY & REDUCING WASTE

Within our chalets, we are making big changes as part of our commitment to provide eco-friendly ski holidays, with the mantra of recycle, reuse, reduce. As of 2019, all Consensio chalets and apartments are removing single-use plastic water bottles. We are giving each and every guest on a Consensio holiday a stylish reusable double-walled stainless-steel water bottle to fill with natural spring water from the peaks of the French Alps. In addition, we use only reusable shopping bags and provide recyclable, biodegradable paper straws for guests.

SHOPPING LOCAL

We source our incredible fresh produce from local independent sellers where possible, allowing us to invest in the local community. As such we provide fresher and better-tasting ingredients and reduce our carbon footprint as a company. From our delicious cheeses and fresh bread collected by hand from the nearby fromagerie and boulangerie to the produce sourced from the local farmers’ market to our breakfast meats bought fresh from neighbouring butchers who are supplied directly by nearby Savoie farmers, we believe in supporting our neighbouring small businesses in the Alps and serving locally sourced ingredients.

ENERGY USAGE

We adopt the practice of responsible energy management through reduced consumption and the encouragement of energy efficiency throughout the business. All new chalets are built following strict local environmental regulations. A number of our chalet owners have invested in ozone technology to enable your pools and hot tubs to be completely chlorine-free, including chalet Marco Polo and chalet Lhotse in Val d’Isère. The natural freshwater oxygen process provides a non-toxic, healthy and environmentally friendly alternative. In addition, lightbulbs across our chalet and apartment portfolio are undergoing a programme of rapidly changing to energy-saving bulbs.

TRAVEL

Staff are encouraged to consider train travel where feasible and ensure car share/use of public transport for getting to work in resort. We are measuring company vehicle fuel usage and are looking at electrical/hybrid options for guest vehicles. It is company policy to book flights with companies which provide carbon offsetting as standard.

EDUCATION

Our staff are all fully trained in local recycling policies and waste is separated by hand and recycled. Not to mention that all of our guest invoices, rental agreements and staff employment paperwork is sent and signed electronically, significantly reducing the amount of paper used. At the end of every ski season, all unwanted ski clothing and ski equipment from both staff and owners is collected and sent to be reused by our chosen ski charity Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK).

ELIMINATING CO2 IN ALL AREAS OF BUSINESS

According to The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook, if one million people worked from home only one day a week, it could eliminate three million tons of CO2 each year. As such we pride ourselves on employing the majority of our full-time staff on a work-from-home basis. Based throughout the UK and France, we all enjoy the freedom of working flexible hours from home offices with a great work/life balance across the whole team.

OFFSETTING

We are committed to reducing our company and chalet operating carbon footprint and provide truly eco-friendly ski holidays. To help us achieve our goal of Consensio becoming carbon neutral by 2023, where we are unable to further reduce our carbon footprint, we have pledged to offset via a sustainable tree planting scheme.

Challenging ourselves to look at the impact of every aspect of the business means that we are helping the environment bit by bit, making for a greener and happier world.

 

To find out more about our commitment to the environment, read our full COMPANY ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY POLICY.

Consensio Chalets winter training

The Consensio 19/20 Winter Team learning about eco-friendly cleaning products and practices

Eco friendly La Ferme de l'Adroit, Val d'Isère

La Ferme de l’Adroit – a local farm to our Val d’Isère chalets and apartments

Eco friendly pool in chalet marco polo

The chlorine-free, eco-friendly pool in chalet Marco Polo.

Here at Consensio, we’ve made a commitment to becoming as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. So if you’re looking for a ski holiday with a company that cares not only about you but also the environment, please view all our luxury chalets here, and our alpine apartments here, and contact one of our dedicated sales directors on +44 (0) 203 393 0833 or via email at sales@consensiochalets.co.uk

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Safe, Contactless Ski Holidays

For this coming 2020/21 winter season only, we adapt to a safe, contactless service in our chalets which enables you to enjoy the majority of the usual Consensio benefits while minimising COVID risk. In addition, we offer flexible booking conditions for all our ski holidays.

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