SKIPTON’S Hotel Rendezvous is aiming to become a flagship of sustainability in hospitality, and is urging other businesses to join in their pledge to put the environment first.

The 96 bedroom hotel in Keighley Road has introduced a range of measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Notably the hotel has invested in a low emission biomass boiler for its heating and has installed an electronic car charging point which guests are able to use free of charge.

Managing director Michael Scully said: “It’s about thinking outside the box sometimes to find creative ways of reducing our carbon footprint. We have switched to marble top tables in our restaurant, for example, to save on the impact on the environment of laundering tablecloths.”

The hotel also encourages bike use with a secure storage area and wet room for riders.

The hotel is also increasing the number of local suppliers. Mr Scully added: “Reducing the mileage of products is something every business can do to help lower their carbon footprint, and it has the added bonus of supporting the locally economy.”

Other initiatives adopted by the team include reducing the amount of waste to landfill through increased recycling.