For a green campervan holiday hire, you should consider the carbon footprint of a typical UK family holiday in a campervan against that of a trip to Spain. It’s easy to see why a campervan holiday becomes attractive for minimising the impact your holiday may have on the environment. A return flight to Spain for a family of 5 will generate around 1.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions compared to 0.3 tonnes for a 1000 mile round trip in a campervan.
We feel that the Scotland is a unique and beautifully unspoilt country. Which is a joy to explore in one of our campervans, but we wanted to make sure taking campervan holidays made as little environmental impact as possible.
Our company values fit very well with the ethos of Green Tourism, so we were delighted to be able to be partnered with their organisation and along with our Climate Care carbon offsetting scheme, we hope to help improve the environment and support local communities for the campers of today and tomorrow.
Who are Green Tourism?
Green Tourism is the largest and most established sustainable grading programme in the world. To achieve an accreditation, we were graded by a qualified Assessor against a rigorous set of criteria which cover a range of areas, such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and social involvement and communication.
What the Award Means
A Green Tourism Award means that Counting Sheep Campers works responsibly, ethically and sustainably, contributes to their community, is reducing their impact on the environment and aims to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff.
So when you are hiring one of our campervans our Green Tourism award provides you with the assurance you need that this certified business has been independently assessed and meets a National Sustainability standard.
Who are Climate care?
Climate Care works with corporate and government partners to deliver world leading emission reduction and development programmes.
Our experts design integrated programmes and implement them – selecting and devising the best projects to tackle poverty, improve health, protect the environment and deliver value for the organisations involved.
This unique Climate+Care approach is a cost effective way for corporates to take full responsibility for their climate and social impacts and for the public sector to deliver more efficiency for its spend.
As the market leader for over 20 years, by unlocking new sources of finance and leveraging mainstream funding, we deliver some of the largest and most successful sustainability initiatives in the world.
Our work has an immediate and measurable impact for people and the environment: to date we have cut over 21 million tonnes of CO2 and improved life for over 16.5 million people.
1. Always look for and use re-cycling facilities at the campsite you are staying on – they usually allow you to re-cycle glass, plastic and metal and will have separate bins for general waste. Some may have food waste containers.
2. If you are wild camping, leave the area clean and tidy. Always take all your litter with you and search for re-cycling facilities nearby to use by using the following link:
3. Use communal site facilities for hot water when washing up. Don’t keep the tap running all the time to save water and power.
4. Drive safely and considerately, your campervan has the facility to indicate the most economical way to drive, please follow its guidance. Not only will this save you money but it will also minimise your journey’s carbon footprint.
5. We have enrolled with ClimateCare’s Carbon Offset Scheme, so your holiday can have a minimal impact on the environment.
6. Search out local produce to buy – farm shops, local markets and independent retailers will stock fabulous veg, fruit, meat, cheese, as well as pottery, glassware, gifts and holiday mementos.
7. Enjoy eating out in local cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, try regional foods and drinks – soak up the atmosphere and relax – you’re on holiday!!
8. If you choose not to stay in campsites with the campervan then take some sensible safety precautions to avoid any risk of accidents. Always park away from main roads or busy thoroughfares where you might cause any obstruction to traffic or pedestrians.
9. Never empty your chemical waste anywhere other than at a designated area. All campsites have facilities for the emptying of your cassette toilet.
10. Remove all your waste and litter from where you have stopped and dispose of in appropriate refuse or recycling facilities.
11. BBQ’s / fires should only be lit at properly designated areas and should be fully extinguished when finished.
12. If you have a dog with you then keep it under control at all times and remove any toilet matter from areas where it may cause concern to people.
Counting sheep Campers have wide a range of Green campervans and motorhomes to hire in Scotland and are conveniently located at the gateway to Scotland. Just a short drive from Edinburgh or Newcastle. If you wish to leave your car with us, no problem we offer free on site secure parking. We also offer an Airport or Train Meet & Greet service, if you wish to travel to us by public transport. It is a great location to start your holiday.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.