Green Policy Statement
At Moulin de Beny we are committed to working in a sustainable way minimising the impact of our business on the environment, whilst simultaneously maintaining the experience and enjoyment of high quality serviced guest accommodation.
We are located inside the Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park which is a protected area of woodlands and traditional farmland in the Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes regions of central France. We want this beautiful area to be preserved for the benefit of us all including future generations, and for tourism to function as an integral part of the Park and local community life.
These responsibilities can be demonstrated in the following areas:
We ensure that all relevant legislation and regulation is applied.
Reducing energy usage by increased energy efficiency and insulation. Instant hot water is ‘on demand’ .Our heating systems have been adapted allowing the visitor full control over their own individual heat requirements while at the same time saving fuel, this having been achieved with a system of thermostats and automatic controls. Radiators, where fitted have thermostatic valves. Lighting is provided by low energy bulbs throughout.
Most appliances like dishwashers and washing machines are relatively new but older models are being replaced on a rolling programme with A-rated energy efficient versions.
All our linen is fully laundered on site.
Moulin de Beny has its own private spring water supply, which is used by the owners during out-of-season periods. Our guest accommodations are however supplied by mains fed water.
Visitor waste recycling is encouraged for plastics, paper and cardboard. Recycling points are in the village by the church and on the outskirts of the village where a caravan cassette disposal point is located..
Where possible preference is given to local / regional employees, suppliers and other service businesses to maximise Moulin de Beny input to the local community economy.
At the enquiry / booking stage and on our website, we guide guests on the choice of local food and drink producers. This is of mutual benefit both to the guest, who can sample from a wide range of good local produce, and of course to the local / regional economy.
Green transport can be a challenge in scenic rural areas. However we are promoting our accommodation as an ideal base for those who wish to cycle, walk and hike in beautiful surroundings. We provide a wealth of information on walking and cycling routes direct from the watermill where there is great scope to tour exceptionally quiet country lanes, footpaths and bridleways.
Tree / shrub planting in the watermill grounds is ongoing.
The lake is natural spring and stream feed water with its own inhabitants including fish, amphibians and the occasional visiting otter. Bats visit to feed in the summer evenings.
Over the next few years it is our intention to develop the mill (water wheel) to generate green power, Peter’s background is in sustainable green energy production and is happy to explain and demonstrate principals of energy conversion and utilisation from water power or other sources,.
Tree and shrub planting in the gardens of the watermill are ongoing we also would like to develop water garden planting along the steam banks.
This policy is continually under review with the aim of improving our environmental practices and will therefore be updated and extended as we progress.