| Hotel groups featured in two category shortlists: carbon and energy management (InterContinental Hotels Group and Considerate Hoteliers) and water (Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) |
The 2016 Guardian Sustainable Business Awards shortlist made interesting reading, particularly with regard to the types of businesses that were included in the various categories.
Category winners will be announced 27 May
There are thirteen categories reflecting the wide range of activities that contribute to sustainable business. Businesses that are directly involved in leisure property have been shortlisted in two: carbon and energy management (InterContinental Hotels Group and Considerate Hoteliers), and water (Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group).
Congratulations to all the businesses that made the shortlist and if your business didn’t make it this year, best of luck for next year.
Carbon and energy management: (Reducing a companies’ emissions is key to meeting carbon reduction targets. This is an award for initiatives that take a holistic approach to measuring, managing and reducing emissions. Source The Guardian).
InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with more than 5,000 hotels and nearly 742,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries around the world.
“Environmental sustainability: We take steps to manage our environmental impacts in a responsible way. By delivering more environmentally sustainable hotels, we can drive cost efficiencies for owners as well as meet the expectations of all our stakeholders. We achieve these objectives through our core environmental initiative, IHG Green Engage™ system: Our groupwide online sustainability tool that helps hotels manage their use of energy, carbon, water and waste, and minimise their overall impacts on the environment.” Source: IHG
“The association was formed in 1991 by a group of like-minded hoteliers, in a bid to help busy hotel keepers adopt smart business practices that protect the environment and enhance the experience of guests, staff and visitors. Considerate Hoteliers became a limited company in 2012, led by hotel industry experts, with a belief that sound business practices, common sense and social responsibility will impact positively on the bottom line as well as bring about change for the good. Now in 2015 the range of services available to both members and non-members has grown considerably with bespoke technical advice, auditing, strategy and reporting offered to hotels globally.” (Source Considerate Hotels Website).
Water: (Water sustainability will be one of the defining challenges of our time. This award will recognise an organisation that can demonstrate its commitment to water sustainability through projects, technologies, designs or policies that improve water availability, access or quality. Source: The Guardian
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s fastest growing hotel companies. Well known and respected brands include Quorvus, Radisson Blu, Radisson Red and Park Inn by Radisson,
“We focus on the areas of responsibility that impact our business and society. Think Planet is designed to help us reduce energy consumption by 25% by the end of 2016. It was launched as a company-wide project for all of our hotels during Rezidor’s Annual Business Conference in London at the end of January 2012. Rezidor hotels also have operational procedures in place to reduce the consumption of water and the generation of waste in our business every day. Investments in environmentally friendly technologies are made to maximise savings. Employee awareness is raised through dedicated training and communication campaigns.” Source: Rezidor