Climate Change Challenge

Customers and staff at a Pembrokeshire pub are taking on a challenge to help Wales cut its carbon footprint.

The Grove in St David’s is going green for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Climate Change Challenge.

Over the next six months the pub, owned by Welsh brewer SA Brain and Co Ltd, will be competing against The Turf in Wrexham and The Castle Inn in Caldicot to find innovative and exciting ways of reducing their carbon footprint.

To kick off the Challenge, The Grove will be running a light-bulb amnesty where customers can exchange conventional bulbs for free energy-saving alternatives.

Manager of The Grove Jeanette White said: "It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Climate Change Challenge and represent Pembrokeshire. We’ve only recently moved into the Grove but can already see there’s a great community spirit here, which means collectively we can make a difference and help lower Wales’ carbon footprint."

Husband Barry continued: "We want our customers to help us get off to the best possible start in the Challenge and would urge everyone in St. David’s to pop in to the pub and swap a light-bulb today. Not only can energy-saving light-bulbs help cut carbon, but they can save money on bills too meaning you’ll have a few quid left for a pint at the end of the week!"

The pub has an eco-society which meets every over Tuesday and locals are being urged to come along to the green get-togethers and come up with fun ways to reduce The Grove’s carbon emissions during the challenge and beyond.

Jane Davidson, Environment Minister said: "Congratulations to The Grove for joining the challenge and setting a great example to their community. It’s a great way of encouraging people to make small changes which together can make a big difference. The Challenge will encourage all of us, from the locals in the pubs to their suppliers and beyond, to do their bit and help reduce our carbon footprint."

Mike Batt, manager of Carbon Trust Wales, who will be monitoring The Grove’s carbon footprint throughout the Challenge said:

"At Carbon Trust Wales, our mission is to help make better business sense of climate change by reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of organisations throughout Wales through best practice. We are delighted to be lending our expertise to this challenge to maximise cost and carbon savings through greater energy efficiency. A challenge that we hope will inspire other landlords and local businesses throughout Wales to follow suit."

Helen Northmore, Head, Energy Saving Trust had some advice for Pembrokeshire people on how they could be greener when they got home from the pub: "By making a few simple, cheap home improvements, you can save around £340 a year on your energy bills, improve the comfort of your home and help fight climate change. You can save money just by making little changes like only boiling as much water as you need in your kettle.

"The better insulated your home is, the less energy you need to keep it warm – and the more money you'll save. Insulating your hot water cylinder is one of the cheapest, simplest and easiest ways to save energy and money. Around 20% of the heat in the average home is lost through ventilation and draughts. By installing draught proofing you could save around £30 a year on your heating bills. Even simple things like closing your curtains at night can help retain heat."

Jane Davidson added: "Taking action doesn’t mean radically changing our way of life right now. Simple actions such as turning off electrical items when you don't need them or not running the tap as you clean your teeth all contribute to lowering your carbon footprint".