Landal GreenParks UK has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The UK arm of the European holiday resort specialist, sister company of Hoseasons, has introduced ‘Our Green Pledge’ across its six UK parks.

The pledge involves all six locations bringing in environmentally positive, sustainable changes across ten key areas.

This includes reducing all single use plastics by 50% in 2020, and phasing them out completely by 2022 with no single-use plastic water bottles being sold at resorts.

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The green pledge also involves all parks providing food bank collection points; a commitment to switching half of all resort-owned vehicles to becoming electric by 2025 and all by 2030; converting all resort lighting to energy-efficient LED by 2025; and sourcing electricity generated from completely renewable energy sources by 2025.

There will also be tree planting initiatives and the development of dedicated wildflower, nature areas, and the introduction of measures to reduce average water usage per accommodation by 10%.

Paul Hardingham, vice president, portfolio management, who planted aspen, silver birch, rowan and wild cherry and lime trees at Landal Kielder Waterside and Landal Gwel an Mor to mark the launch of the pledge, said:  “We are already working closely with our resorts and partners to ensure a sustainable future; however, this pledge will further our actions and impact, which will enable us to reach our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. We are dedicated to raising further awareness of sustainable travel and driving positive change among our resorts and holidaymakers.”

In December, Landal GreenParks UK became the first holiday resort company to be awarded the Green Key accreditation for promoting a culture of sustainable development and environmental awareness and taking steps to reduce its own consumption levels and carbon footprint.

Meanwhile, Landal GreenParks’ European resorts have seen a 53% increase in year-on-year bookings by UK holidaymakers for travel prior to the December 31 Brexit deadline. Overall, UK bookings for Landal GreenParks are up by 11% year on year.

Similarly, Landal GreenParks UK has reported a surge in bookings from European holidaymakers, with year-on-year bookings for breaks up by 46%.

Hardingham added: “Bookings for January and February usually perform well, but we have noticed a huge increase in bookings since Brexit has been finalised. Customers from across Europe, where Landal GreenParks has 90 resorts in nine countries, are clearly keen to explore the UK offering through a brand they know and trust. UK customers are mirroring the trend.”