Center Parcs rewards employees for saving energy at home

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Home Energy Savers scheme launched marking further business commitment to reducing energy consumption

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In an industry first, Center Parcs has today announced the launch of its Home Energy Savers scheme, designed to encourage its employees across the UK to reduce the amount of energy they use at home.

The scheme, which was the brainchild of Center Parcs Chief Executive, Martin Dalby, will reward employees by matching in cash any savings they make on their gas, electricity and water usage over the next 12 months. The employee who reduces their energy consumption the most will be awarded £7,000 to spend on home improvements related to sustainability.

Staff who opt-in to the scheme will be given an electricity smart meter to record electricity consumption, whilst gas and electricity will be monitored by them submitting photographs of meter readings. Employees can choose whether to monitor all three utilities or to focus on one.

Martin Dalby, Chief Executive, Center Parcs UK, said: “Protecting and enhancing the environment in which our business operates has been part of our ethos since the very beginning. We’ve now taken this one step further and extended it beyond our four UK villages to give our 6,000 employees the chance to do the same in their own homes and be rewarded for it.

“Over the past few years we’ve been working hard to educate staff about how they can change their behaviour at work to help us achieve the business’ carbon reduction target of 20% by 2020, and I’m confident this knowledge will be invaluable in reducing their energy consumption at home too.”

The Homes Energy Savers scheme is available to all employees and is being piloted for a 12 month period.

In 2011, Center Parcs was one of the first companies to introduce a financial bonus to all staff based on carbon savings, alongside its already existing bonus scheme. In the last 12 months, the business has reduced its carbon emissions by 7% and in 2011, was named joint first in the Carbon Reduction Commitment League table.

Martin Dalby added: “Our offering to guests is built around escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and getting back to nature. For me, it is this nature that we must protect. Every initiative and scheme we introduce is designed for the long-term, whether that’s to protect the world around us or to encourage the long-term employment of our staff, some of whom have been with us for over 25 years.”

In January 2011, Center Parcs launched its Sustainability Strategy to outline its commitments for the next ten years. Alongside the 20% carbon reduction target, it also aims to have zero waste to landfill by 2015 and to continue its biodiversity commitment to maintaining and enhancing the wildlife and habitats in its Villages. Center Parcs Woburn Forest, due to open in spring 2014, aims to set a new benchmark with carbon emissions 25% below the average for the four existing Villages.

For details on Center Parcs’ Sustainability Strategy visit:

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1.    Currently, there are four locations across the UK. These are Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire), Elveden Forest (Suffolk), Longleat Forest (Wiltshire) and Whinfell Forest, (Cumbria).
2.    A new location at Woburn Forest is currently in development.
3.    Center Parcs celebrates its 25th year in 2012
4.    Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Tommy Award for Best UK Holidays Provider, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
5.    Center Parcs has an average annual occupancy rate of 97%
6.    Center Parcs offers short breaks all year round and welcomes over 1.6 million guests each year, 96% of guests expressing an intention to return

Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Center Parcs is the UK’s leading short breaks operator and every year over 1.6 million guests stay at the existing four villages each set in 400 acres of woodland. Spring 2014 sees us open our fifth village, Center Parcs Woburn Forest, a perfect location for families in London and the South East.

Our fifth Village completes our UK footprint and means that there is a Center Parcs within easy reach of all UK families. It has also given us the opportunity to bring something new to the Center Parcs family with a number of exciting new concepts which we will be announcing shortly.

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