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Hilton Birmingham Metropole Gets Ahead Of The Carbon Reduction Commitment
Hotel Introduces Complimentary Green Campaigns
November 16, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, UK - In the West Midlands, Hilton Birmingham Metropole is an exemplary example of a hotel taking environmental issues seriously. In addition to installing new energy efficient technology, the hotel is recruiting its team members to get involved in the group’s carbon management programme by setting up a green committee to manage energy efficiency campaigns such as the ‘Office switch Off’ and ‘Green Chef’.
The ‘Green Chef’ campaign encourages staff to think about energy efficiency in the hotel’s kitchen and how to create a ‘low carbon diet’ by using equipment at optimum efficiency and introducing environmentally friendly ways of cooking. The hotel also encourages involvement in the ‘Office Switch off’ campaign which aims to slash energy bills by getting team members to think about how and when they use energy in the hotel.
The Carbon Trust Standard is the world’s first carbon award that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and actually make real reductions year-on-year. Unlike other award schemes, organisations are rewarded for actions they’ve taken to cut carbon across their own operations.
Patrick Stapleton, General Manager of Hilton Birmingham Metropole, comments: “Being awarded the Carbon Trust Standard is a fantastic achievement for Hilton Worldwide and in Birmingham we welcome it with open arms. We take the energy agenda very seriously, which is evident through our ‘Green Chef’ and ‘Office Switch Off’ schemes – we hope other regional businesses consider the impact they are having on the environment and introduce preventative steps that can help to tackle climate change.”
With the British Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) just around the corner, the Standard accreditation will help Hilton maximise the benefits of the new legislation, and gain a competitive advantage over other businesses in the hospitality sector. The CRC will place UK businesses in a carbon league table, which will result in financial rewards for high performers and financial penalties for those who fail to reduce their energy consumption. The Carbon Trust Standard is an early action metric for the CRC, with those who achieve the award being placed higher in the league table.
This is the latest in Hilton’s efforts to improve its sustainability performance and cut unnecessary energy costs, having recently re-launched its corporate identity as Hilton Worldwide with a new mission, vision and values. The company, which has more than 80 hotels in the UK, has worked in partnership with the Carbon Trust since 2005 to develop and implement an ongoing carbon management programme.
As part of the Carbon Management programme, Hilton has implemented a number of energy efficiency measures across its hotels including installing CHP units to generate onsite electricity, introducing a sustainability reporting system, upgrading lighting systems, introducing voltage optimisation on main electrical switchgear, carrying out regular audits on thermal insulation systems and optimisation of their Building Management Systems (BMS) to ensure all equipment is running at the highest efficiencies possible.
Employee engagement has played a big part in its success and the hotel group encourages its team members to help save energy by identifying energy champions in each of its hotels and offering green incentives to team members. This year all hotels are participating in an energy league table with mountain bikes being awarded to the winning hotel. This all contributes towards Hilton’s goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2014 - as part of the company’s global sustainability targets.
Simon Vincent, Area President of Europe for Hilton, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, which is reward for our commitment to sustainability and the dedication of our team members in taking positive action on climate change, while at the same delivering tangible cost savings.
“With the CRC legislation coming into force early next year, it’s essential that we remain competitive and cater for customers who are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious - the Standard will help communicate our sustainability credentials to those that matter. We have already cut our carbon emissions by 15% since 2005 as part of the initiative and are committed to making further reductions in the future.”
Hugh Jones, Director of Solutions at the Carbon Trust, said: “By implementing a carbon management programme, most hospitality businesses can save up to 20% on their annual energy bill. At a time when businesses in the hospitality sector are keen to cut costs without compromising the customer experience, cutting carbon is the obvious answer. We commend Hilton on its achievements so far and encourage other hospitality businesses to follow their lead, get ahead of the CRC, cut costs and help tackle climate change.”
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, commented: “Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that Hilton is achieving real carbon reduction year-on-year without the use of offsetting. Reducing its carbon emissions will ultimately make the business more efficient while the Standard itself is a credible mark of excellence that lets customers and other businesses know about the good work that Hilton is doing to reduce its environmental impact.”
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