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.

There is a perception that providing a luxury product makes sustainability hard to achieve. We have signed up with Protect our Winters and taken the POW pledge to make active changes towards becoming a Net Zero organisation to help protect the environment our industry depends on, and to prove that sustainability can be at the very heart of luxury travel.

 

Our Pledge:

100% Renewable Electricity

December 2025

100% Renewable Heat

July 2026

Zero-emission vehicles

July 2026

Reduce Unavoidable CO2 Emissions

Plan In Place

Target for Net Zero

July 2030

Divest from Fossil Fuels

Approach Companies By July 2023

Ask Supply Chain to take the POW Pledge

July 2022

 

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. We are also reducing the single-use glass bottles of water in our chalets by offering guests the choice of fresh still and sparkling local mineral mountain water to be served in large glass bottles at the table. In addition, we use only reusable shopping bags and provide recyclable, biodegradable paper straws for our delicious homemade cocktails.

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 vegetables sourced from the local farmers’ market to our meat and fish 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. We are encouraging our chalet owners to switch to renewable energy sources and plan to use 100% renewable electricity by December 2025, and 100% renewable heating by July 2026.

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, we plan to be using zero-emission vehicles by July 2026. Additionally, it is company policy to book flights with companies that provide carbon offsetting as standard.

EDUCATION

Our wonderful 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 2030, 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.

pow pledge logo

We have made the POW pledge to Protect Out Winters

Consensio Chalets winter training

The Consensio 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 Ultimate Catered Chalets, our Relaxed Catered Chalet, and our Self-Catered Alpine apartments. 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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