Environmental Policy

Just like you, we love to be inspired and rejuvenated by Balerno the gateway to the beautiful Pentland national park. Our landscape and environment are both stunning and timeless – but like natural environments all over the world, are also fragile and under threat.

We all know that one of the pressing issues facing our beautiful planet is how we can find ways to live sustainably in future. At The Balerno Inn, we have been working behind the scenes from the off to minimise our environmental impact. We are proud to be a family business and we are passionate about making sure this beautiful place is here to enjoy for generations to come. We want you to have the perfect stay with us, knowing that your holiday environment is being cared for by us in as many ways we can. Read on to find a few of the actions we are taking to help protect our environment and promote sustainability.

What we are doing

Recycling – We divert much of our waste from landfill. We recycle metal, glass, plastic, card and paper and almost all our waste is recycled or re-used.

Green energy – All food waste is collected and converted into electricity at a local power plant in Lothian.

Making common sense change – We’ve invested heavily in our building, with state-of-the-art insulation, building techniques, & efficient heating systems. We actively promote green transport solutions to our team.

Local sourcing – We buy as much of our fish, meat, cheese and vegetables from local suppliers as possible, helping to support local farmers as well as cutting down on unnecessary food miles and in turning helping to minimise our carbon emissions

Low energy light bulbs – We use low energy LED lights. 

Renewable energy – Our electricity is powered by Scottish hydro

Resource management team – As a business we constantly and actively seek to refine best practices to ensure we are 24/7/365 doing the very best we can.

Leadership – We are a family owned and run business; we are of course businesspeople. Though first and foremost we are parents to three young children. We recognise it is our duty to demonstrate to our own family that successful business management and successful environmental management can and must work in harmony.

What you can do to help

Here is what you can do to help…at home as well as on holiday.

Switching off the lights in your hotel room
Please switch off the lights when you leave your hotel room.

Leave the tv on stand-by
Our energy efficient televisions use less energy when left on standby than that used to restart once turned off at the wall.

Mobile phone chargers
Please remember to unplug mobile phone chargers when they are not in use, as they use up a surprising amount of energy.

Closing the windows
Check the windows are closed when the heating is on, so all the heat does not escape.

Turn off the taps
Turn the tap off when you are cleaning your teeth or shaving rather than leaving it running throughout.

Using the shower
Did you know that a swift shower only uses a third of the water compared to a bath?

Using the kettles
Only boil the amount of water in the kettle that you need. This small action can help save more electricity than you would think.

Thank you for helping us to protect the environment whilst you enjoy your stay at the Balerno Inn.