Premier Marinas owns and operates nine of the UK's finest marinas - several of which are set in designated areas of outstanding natural beauty. As custodians of these beautiful marinas, we recognise that we have a responsibility to run our business in a way that complies with legislation, and minimises the impact of our operation on the environment.
To help us to reach these goals, we employ a dedicated Health, Safety and Environmental Manager whose job it is to work with our staff to champion the care of the environment and carry out regular environmental audits across our business. Alongside this, we actively encourage our customers and commercial partners to adhere to the environmental initiatives we put in place. We are also keen supporters of "The Green Blue" - the joint initiative of the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association that aims to promote environmental excellence through a code of practice that was developed with the Environment Agency.
You will find a copy of our Environmental Policy here, and below you will see some practical illustrations of how we interpret that policy.
All Premier Marinas have full recycling facilities with dedicated bins for mixed dry recyclables such as cans, plastic, paper and cardboard. There are also recycling facilities for glass, metals and hazardous waste including paint, lead acid batteries, oil filters and spent oil - which is recycled to make home heating fuel. Electrical equipment used by the business, including computers and printers, are also re-homed or recycled.
General waste including food waste from our berth holders' boats is 100% recycled with 0% going to landfill. In Hampshire, our general waste is sent to an Energy Recovery Facility where it is used to generate electricity. Where appropriate, non-EU food waste receptacles are provided to protect the environment against contamination from undesirable flora and fauna.
Water conservation is important to Premier and, in recent years, we have seen a fall in consumption across the business. This has been due to a range of initiatives that include a strategy to incrementally introduce water saving technologies into our sites from water saving taps to sanitary ware and laundry equipment when we rebuild or refurbish our facilities and launderettes.
Pump Out Facilities
Pump out facilities for the safe disposal of foul water from boat holding tanks are available at most Premier sites. These facilities reduce the amount of foul water entering our marinas and local cruising grounds.
Dredging within Premier marinas, and in the channels approaching our marinas, is carried out under licence from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). It is the job of the MMO to regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England and Wales to ensure that they're carried out in a sustainable way.
For Premier, this means that we take care to dredge in a way that protects the seabed and aquatic environment. Any dredged materials are relocated or disposed of responsibly.
Most Premier marinas offer unleaded petrol and low sulphur gasoil (diesel) that contains Soltron enzyme technology; Soltron reduces fuel consumption by improving the combustion efficiency of the engine and fuel. The majority of our fuel is provided by WP Marine, who source their quality fuels from Esso's refinery in Fawley, Hampshire.
In order to deal with the potential for accidental fuel spillages, each Premier marina is equipped with an incident response plan and spill kit. Staff are also trained to deal with safe fuel dispensing and fuel spillage incidents.
When required to travel on business, our staff are encouraged to car share or travel by train. On our sites, our maintenance vehicles, boatyard machinery and forklifts are sourced with fuel efficiency and low emissions in mind.
To help Premier Marinas improve energy efficiency across its business, Premier invests in a range of energy saving technics and devices such as LED lighting and PIR controlled lighting. Beyond this, in renovating our properties, we upgrade insulation and heating systems and, where we construct buildings, we work to high energy saving standards.
But that's not all - in our Chichester, Falmouth, Swanwick, Southsea and Port Solent marinas, we have invested extensively in PV Solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. This power is then either consumed on site, or, if not required, fed back into the National grid. Currently 9% of Premier's power consumption is generated by PV solar panels.
If you would like to help us to improve on our environmental performance and have an idea you think might help us, please click here as we would love to hear from you.