Scotland's CairnGorm Mountain has been awarded the highest status - Gold - in the Green Tourism Scheme administered by Visit Scotland.
The resort managed to retain its Gold status from last year with a score of 80 percent. The report noted that "Good developments are in place since last audit."
Green Champion at CairnGorm Mountain, Doug Somerville, said, "It is great that we have retained our Gold Award and as ever there is still so much more we want to achieve. This has been recognised in the audit and the whole team at CairnGorm will continue to ensure that Green work practices are implemented wherever possible."
The generation of electricity was a point of note within the report. The funicular railway is able to generate electricity when the downhill carriage is full and the uphill car is empty (this often occurs towards the end of the afternoon).
Visit Scotland also mentioned the continued development of the "Poo Project" and "Leave No Trace" practices of CairnGorm. Visitors are encouraged to carry out their human waste and dispose of it in the waste treatment plant at Coire Cas Car Park. Special "poo pots" and biodegradable starch bags are available from the Ranger Base and since its implementation there has been a significant clean up at snow holing sites on the mountain.
The report also mentioned the UV treated water, ecological waste water treatment, recycling facilities, and the use of 100 percent recycled paper throughout the site.
Visit Scotland's Green Tourism Business Scheme has been running since 1997 and has more than 2000 members across the whole of the UK and Ireland. The aim is to ensure that UK tourism remains at the forefront of sustainable tourism in the future.