Fontevraud Abbey is deep in the heart of France’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Loire Valley. The Royal Abbey may have been founded in 1101 A.D., but its sustainability policy is very 21st century. At Fontevraud sustainable development is seen everywhere, from photovoltaic cells to the preservation of biodiversity in its traditional sheep breeds. The Abbey is aiming for ISO 26000 certification for social responsibility.
Now, food waste from Fontevraud’s two restaurants, hotel and conference centre is being recycled thanks to a Big Hanna T240, and reused as fertiliser for the Abbey’s 13 hectares of green space. Now that’s being responsible!
At Fontevraud, all sustainability initiatives are shared with visitors, especially young people, through an educational program. The goal is to increase understanding of social and environmental issues, contribute to the awareness of the impact of our actions on the environment and encourage ‘eco-responsible’ behaviours.