Rhug Estate has been announced as one of the first-ever winners of a Net Zero Award by the North Wales & Mersey Dee (NWMD) Business Council. Jim Jones, CEO of North Wales Tourism Ltd and Chairperson of the NWMD Business Council announced Rhug as the winner of the Medium/Large Business category.

The Award winners were announced yesterday during the first ever Net Zero 2021 online conference organised by the North Wales & Mersey Dee Business Council. The aim of the conference, MCd by broadcaster Jamie Owen, was to give inspiration, information & advice to businesses on their journey to Net Zero carbon emissions.

Ashley Rogers, Commercial Director for North Wales & Mersey Dee Business Council and organiser of the conference and awards said, “I would like to congratulate Lord Newborough and the whole of the team at the Rhug Estate on winning one of our first ever Net Zero Leaders’ Awards. The judges were blown away with the incredible amount of work that has already been done at Rhug over a significant number of years to reduce its carbon footprint. Rhug is a perfect example for others to get ideas from on how to work towards being carbon neutral. They are an ideal role model.”

As well as Rhug Estate winning the medium/large business award category, Anglesey Zoo won the small business category and Celtic Financial Planning Ltd won the micro business/start up category of the Net Zero Awards.

Lord Newborough, Owner of Rhug Estate said, “I am truly honoured that Rhug Estate has been chosen to win this first-ever award recognising our sustainability efforts here at Rhug. I have always maintained a policy to protect and enhance the environment for the next generation. Climate change is our biggest threat and we owe it to the next generation to do everything we can to mitigate its effects. At Rhug we really care about sustainability in everything we do, organic farming, organic skin care, green energy and caring for the environment. We are constantly looking at how each aspect of the business can reduce its carbon footprint. Work will never stop on making Rhug as efficient as it possibly can be.”

At the heart of Rhug is Lord Newborough’s commitment to an organic lifestyle. Rhug’s organic farm leads the way with all the animals reared on the farm fed on feed grown on the farm and they can range freely onto clover-rich pastures that are free of sprays and artificial fertiliser. The highest standard of animal welfare are practised with no routine injections or dosing.

The Estate produces its own power through solar, hydro and wind systems to ensure a minimal carbon footprint and a truly sustainable approach to agriculture.

Rhug’s Wild Beauty skin care products are bottled and packaged in recyclable materials. The majority of products are produced in glass jars or bottles. Where we have used plastic bottles for select body products, these are made entirely (100%) from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic.  This is an environmentally friendly alternative that recycles plastic waste that would otherwise find its way into landfill. All mail order delivery boxes are made from 100% recycled cardboard and printed with 100% vegetable inks.

Rhug Estate has also recently invested in measuring and monitoring its carbon footprint so that improvements can be made to make the entire farm business reach the Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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