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Sustainability strategy

Our sustainability strategy sets out our commitment to make a positive impact through our environmental sustainability performance. It covers several key themes where we can make the biggest difference to the environment and our customers.

This includes:
• reducing our overall energy consumption
• considering the use of energy-efficient resources including renewable energy systems
• maximising reuse and recycling in all of our waste streams
• reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions
• reducing our water consumption
• maintaining the HRP grounds and buildings in an environmentally sensitive way
• embedding good sustainable procurement practice

Biodiversity at our palaces

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Tower of London Superbloom flowers in the moat

Tower of London moat - a new biodiverse habitat

In March 2022, 29 flower species were planted in the historic Tower of London moat to create Superbloom. The project aimed to bring diversity of nature to this urban environment and the moat successfully became a welcoming new habitat and a green haven for pollinators, insects and seed-eating birds.

Over the next few years, the Tower Moat will evolve into a permanent biodiverse landscape with different habitats providing different species with a home. We’ll make this change slowly to create a beautiful echo of Superbloom in the most sustainable way possible.

Sustainability performance

We are committed to publishing our performance and we do this within our Annual accounts.

Sustainability Energy management in historic buildings and estates is always challenging, but Historic Royal Palaces continue to carry out a number of energy saving initiatives across our sites.

Read our financial statement to find detailed information on our sustainability performance in 2022/2023.

2022/23 Financial statement
An exterior photo of the South facade of Hillsborough Castle on a sunny September day. Framed by greenery.

Renewable energy meets conservation: the Hydro House at Hillsborough

Historic Royal Palaces restored and re-commissioned the Hydro House at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in 2017 as part of conservation work, installing a hydro generator which powers the visitor centre.