Editor’s Note: This story was written by Angela Youngman for Mobile RVing’s The Buzz.
Europe’s camping and caravanning sector is becoming increasingly focused on environmental issues. It is a situation that is dominating all aspects of the industry from transport and equipment to campsites, as well as attendance at popular music festivals where most participants camp overnight
Merely traveling between cities can be an issue if you are in a caravan or RV as many cities now impose charges, requiring emissions stickers to be obtained in advance. France is the leader in this respect. Among the cities where you can expect to have to obtain an emissions sticker (known as the Ecovignet Crit’Air) include Paris, Lille, Lyon, Strasbourg and Toulouse.
increasing numbers of campsites across Europe now have Ecolabel, or recognized labels/awards of environmental excellence. Others have adopted the Green Key quality mark. In order to achieve such environmental status, the site has to show evidence of reduced waste consumption, low water and energy consumption, promote environmental education and encourage the use of renewable resources.
Eco-friendly campsites are being heavily promoted, with many participants grouping together to gain even greater prominence. A typical example is the Greener Camping Club. This includes sites like the Cynefin Eco Camping in Carmarthenshire, Penrhyn Farm Camping Ceredigion, Finchingfield Camping Essex, and Bert’s Kitchen Campsite on the Llyn Pensinsula in North Wales. Many eco-friendly sites are small, and aim to provide a very friendly, relaxed camping experience.
At Denmark Farm, near Lampeter in mid Wales, cars have to be left in the car park. Campers have to walk to the camping field, which is situated within a nature reserve enabling participants to enjoy the sight of wildlife such as red kites circling overhead, flower filled meadows and lots of woodland to explore.
It is not just small businesses that are focusing on environmental issues. One of the two largest caravan park groups in Britain, Haven, has reduced their carbon footprint through greater energy efficiency measures, while Allen Caravans have installed a solar powered compactor at one of their parks. Yet another group, Waterside, is increasing the number of solar panels on site, along with the introduction of LED lights and a high powered electric car charging point.
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