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Energy and resource efficiency at Turnberry

Energy and resource efficiency at Turnberry
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Energy, Water, Waste, Carbon
Hotel and restaurant
Medium cost
Annual saving:
18 - 20% / 18000 - 19000€
Payback time:
1 - 2 Year(s)
Resource savings: Energy:
More efficient lightning
Associated cost savings: Energy:
15 - 20% / 20000€
Associated cost savings: Water:
15 - 18%
Associated cost savings: Waste:
15 - 20%
Total cost savings:
Savings are the result of energy, water efficiency and waste-reduction measures
Co2 emission reduction:
120 tonnes of CO2 per year is saved
Size of company:
Small (less than 50)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:

Energy turnaround for Turnberry Resort

  • Famous luxury golf resort commits to far-reaching energy saving measures
  • Target by 2020: cut energy by 30 %, water use by 20 %, and significant waste reductions
  • Savings in energy costs alone expected to reach € 19 000 a year

Built in 1906, Turnberry Resort is the world’s oldest golf resort and is now part of Starwood Hotels & Resort’s acclaimed portfolio of Luxury Collection properties.

Located on the South Ayrshire coast in Scotland, the resort comprises the main hotel (117 bedrooms), a restaurant, lounge and bar, spa with swimming pool, several self-catering apartments, lodges, three golf courses, a club house and and golf academy. Around 55 000 guests pass through the hotel every year.

In response to Starwood’s Global Citizenship initiative, Turnberry developed a ‘sustainable resource commitment’ to reduce operating costs and improve environmental performance in the areas detailed below.

Energy efficiency: Turnberry committed to reducing its energy use by 30 % by 2020 compared with 2010 consumption. Replacing 50 W halogen spotlights with 5.5 W LEDs reduced the restaurant’s lighting consumption by 89 %. The energy saving has also reduced power station CO2 emissions by over 120 tonnes per year.

Water use reduction: To reach its 20 % water saving goal by 2020, toilets now have half-flush cisterns and urinals have been fitted with passive infrared detectors. Another measure was to train cleaners to save water and report leaks and overflowing cisterns faster.

Waste management: To cut back on waste and the costs of disposal, Turnberry started separating and measuring waste streams. It eliminated polystyrene from all food and beverage packaging, and encourages re-use instead of disposable products.

Key results

The Turnberry Resort has saved around £ 13 000 (~€ 14 500) a year by installing LEDs, focusing on waste streams and recycling, and implementing water-saving tools and techniques.

These measures and more are expected to generate annual savings of up to £ 17 000 (~€ 19 000) over the coming years. The programme runs until 2020.


"We are amazed at the cost savings and other benefits that have been achieved by updating our lighting systems and making relatively simple, low-cost changes in other areas.” - Naveed Rasool , Welfare and Environmental Executive, Turnberry Resort

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