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YHA's Pen-y-Pass hostel in Snowdonia wins £25,000 in eco competition

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Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:51 on Friday 04 October 2013

YHA's Pen-y-Pass hostel in the Snowdonia National Park has won a prestigious eco competition by Hostelling International to fund the installation of a biomass boiler.

Pen-y-Pass, at the foot of SnowdonPen-y-Pass, at the foot of Snowdon

The Youth Hostel Association for England and Wales has seen off stiff competition from youth hostels from around the world to win a prestigious eco competition funded by the Hostelling International Sustainability Fund. The £25,000 prize money will go towards the installation of a biomass boiler at the YHA’s Pen-y-Pass hostel in Snowdonia, Wales.

Pen-y-Pass, located at the foot of magnificent Snowdon, is hugely popular with walkers and cyclists to the area and is renowned for its green approach to hostelling. The hostel won by a clear majority, grabbing an impressive 40% of the total public votes.

Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), said of the win: “We are all absolutely over-the-moon about winning the grant. The hostel, high up in the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, means so much to thousands of people who explore the area each year. The grant will ensure we can make the experience we offer at the site even better through innovative sustainability.”

The new biomass boiler, which will be fuelled by sustainably-sourced wood pellets, will aim to cut carbon emissions at the hostel by a staggering 86% and slash the hostel’s current £21,000-a-year heating bill. The initiative forms part of an extensive £1.3million restoration project, which will also see a doubling of accommodation provision at the hostel. Pen-y-Pass will reopen to visitors in Easter 2014.

If you would like further information, please see www.yha.org.uk

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