Eco Cornwall Award Criteria 

Our annual fee for Eco Cornwall accreditation is £70 per year with an annual inspection. 

We have a simple grading system – over 60% is bronze; over 70% silver and 80% and over is gold. Eco Cornwall has thought long and hard about grading marks and feel that an achievable graded system inspires everyone to strive that little bit harder each year to protect our fragile environment.

Section 1 Energy Use

  1. Hot water thermostats set at 60c max
  2. Thermostats fitted on all radiators
  3. Loft insulation minimum 200mm
  4. Double Glazing fitted or draught seals around windows & doors.
  5. Hot water tank and pipe work insulated.
  6. Facility to air dry washing.
  7. All white goods such as washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, fridges and freezers to be eco graded A B
  8. Washing machines & dishwashers to have a low temperature, quick or eco wash.
  9. Low energy lighting such as LED bulbs where practical & timer switches/ light activated switches in communal areas.
  10. Small kettles and water heaters
  11. Instant hot water eg combi boiler
  12. ‘Power down’ all appliances between guest occupation.
  13. Monitor energy usage eg monthly to raise awareness of energy usage & improve business efficiency.
  14. Demonstrate what your business is doing to reduce its carbon footprint e.g carbon accounting (free online carbon monitoring scheme); tree planting schemes (such as Cornwall Wildlife &the Woodland Trust) ; improving energy efficiency etc.


Section 2 Use of Consumables & Waste


  1. Toilets fitted with dual flush or water saving device such as Hippo Bags
  2. Showers fitted rather than baths.
  3. Air bubble showers fitted.
  4. Demonstrate how your business has reduced plastic usage e.g switching to products that can be reused, recycled or biodegrade.
  5. Use recycled paper products such as toilet rolls.
  6. Meter water and other water saving measures to raise awareness of water usage and improve business efficiency.
  7. Water butts /rainwater collection for plant watering.
  8. Recycle paper for note taking, packaging, copying etc.
  9. Recycle waste materials such as plastic (including using ‘bags for life’ and refilling plastic bottles), paper, cardboard, aluminium/tin & glass in line with local policy.
  10. Reuse/ sell/ upcycle/ donate any unwanted items
  11. Ensure that visitors have access to a rubbish collection area with marked recycling bins – waste disposal information to be in visitor information book/ pack.
  12. Store refuse in a safe manner to prevent vermin
  13. Compost organic plant waste
  14. Register with mailing preference service to reduce junk mail


Section 3 Pollution

  1. Use phosphate & chlorine free cleaning products
  2. Septic tank to be emptied annually to reduce environmental contamination.
  3. Grease traps to be fitted to prevent fats , oil and grease (FOGs) entering the drainage system
  4. Support Cornwall’s economy by purchasing locally to save on transport costs
  5. Support Cornwall’s economy by employing local people and businesses
  6. Support the local Cornish economy & reduce mileage by encouraging guests to visit local attractions, towns, villages, open spaces, eating and entertaining establishments etc.
  7. Order stock in bulk to avoid repeat deliveries/ mileage.
  8. Encourage guests to use the local transport network & supply timetables
  9. Encourage guests to walk, car share or use a bike (provide details of walking routes, bike hire etc)
  10. Encourage staff to car share where practical
  11. Encourage guests to enjoy the dark sky by avoiding light pollution of the night sky.



Section 4 Ecology


  1. Provide wildlife homes such as bird and bat boxes
  2. Use perennial planting where possible with a variety of flowering seasons to provide year round food and shelter for wildlife & to reduce the need for watering. Include bee friendly/ nectar rich plants in planting scheme
  3. Provide information on local wildlife and conservation projects including details of local activities. Encourage participation.
  4. Provide a book for guests to record their wildlife sightings.
  5. Avoid the use of chemicals such as slug pellets and weedkillers – grow slug resistant plants and mulch instead.
  6. Leave piles of wood and plant material to decay to provide wildlife habitat and shelter
  7. Source plant’s locally or grow your own.


Section 5 Promote Sustainability


  1. Promote that you are a sustainable business on your website & to your customers/ guests.
  2. Raise awareness to both guests and staff about local environmental campaigns and schemes such as reducing plastic waste, Yellow Fish Campaign and protecting bathing waters.
  3. Be a member or actively support charities and organisations that protect our wildlife habitats, ecology and landscape.
  4. Display Eco Cornwall plaque on your premise and advertise your business on the Eco Cornwall website and use the Eco Cornwall Logo on your website & stationery



An additional 5 points can be gained for each of the following:

  1. Electric/ hybrid vehicle/ low co2 emission vehicle
  2. Wind turbine
  3. Wood pellet boiler/ bio mass boiler
  4. Ground/ air Source Heat Pump
  5. Photovoltaic cells or solar thermal
  6. Bore hole/ natural spring
  7. Water power
  8. Solar panels
  9. Any other green technology at the discretion of the inspector
  10. Introduced an exceptional project across the business to reduce its impact on the environment at the discretion of the inspector.



To achieve the Eco Cornwall Award for sustainable business you must meet 60% of criteria that are applicable to your business – i.e businesses will not be penalised if any of the points in each section do not apply to their business & a not applicable will be entered against that item.


Percentage Achieved Eco Cornwall Grade
60% – 69% Bronze
70% – 79% Silver
80% and over Gold