Nordic Hotels and Resorts opens renewable energy hotel in Oslo

NORWAY: Nordic Hotels & Resorts has opened its latest luxury hotel in Oslo which will run entirely on renewable energy.

NORWAY: Nordic Hotels & Resorts has opened its latest luxury hotel in Oslo which will run entirely on renewable energy.

The Sommerro is located in the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s original electrical company.

The 231-room Art Deco hotel has seven restaurants and bars, meeting and event spaces, a 100-seat theatre, a spa and a gym. It also has a rooftop pool, terrace and sauna.

Sommerro will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. It will also provide bikes for guests to rent out and there will be free electric vehicle parking and charging. The hotel encourages its suppliers to use zero emission transport too.

Other sustainable practices include: no plastic bottles in the hotel, sourcing sustainable seafood and local produce for its restaurants, providing sustainable footwear for all its staff and investing in some of Norway’s greenest businesses and creators, such as Sisters in Business which employs female immigrants who create textiles and repair broken items.  

Sommerro also has an eight-hour rule for employees to ensure a true work-life balance. The idea is there is eight hours of work, eight hours of fun, and eight hours of sleep. 

Sommerro will open Villa Inkognito in March next year which is an 11-suite residence in a building dating back to 1870. The property can be rented in its entirety. Guests can enjoy the privacy of their own villa but will be able to use the facilities, and services on offer at the main Sommerro hotel.

Oslo also recently welcomed the Radisson Red sustainable design hotel.

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Singapore hotels on sustainability journey in course partnership

SINGAPORE: Agoda, the digital travel and booking platform, is teaming up with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to help create sustainable tourism practices for hotels.

SINGAPORE: Agoda, the digital travel and booking platform, is teaming up with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to help create sustainable tourism practices for hotels.

Agoda is launching the partnership by sponsoring 50 Singapore hotel professionals to attend a sustainable hotels course, which will enable them to take the lead on sustainable pathways for their hotels.

The content for the course will be provided by GSTC and bring the hotel professionals up to speed with the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism. The course will also include information on best practices from other industry professionals across the sector including worldwide tour operators and hotel groups.

Agoda vice president of global partner services Jamil Liyana said: “We are confident this course will go some way to help speed up the hotels’ adoption of the Hotel Sustainability Roadmap. Agoda is constantly looking for ways to collaborate with public and private organisations to raise awareness of sustainable tourism and help our customers and partners make more sustainable choices. And as is Agoda’s culture, we will test and measure the success of this initiative as we look to explore similar programs in other key markets.”

The GSTC and Agoda course is a flexible online course with four 90 min sessions over four weeks, beginning on October 6, 2022.

Once the course is finished participants will receive a certificate from the GSTC and will then be able to take an official exam to receive the GSTC Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. 

In March this year the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) launched the Hotel Sustainability Roadmap, which has clear sustainability goals set out for hotels. The roadmap aims for 60 per cent of Singapore hotels to start tracking their emissions by 2023 and achieve an internationally recognised hotel sustainability certification by 2025. Hotels are expected to reduce emissions by 2030, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Hilton updates ESG targets in sustainability push

WORLDWIDE: Hilton has updated its ESG targets from four years ago to focus on more ambitious goals to drive sustainable operations.


WORLDWIDE: Hilton has updated its ESG targets from four years ago to focus on more ambitious goals to drive sustainable operations.

Global body, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which aims to show company’s how they can reduce emissions based on the latest climate science, has validated Hilton’s efforts.

Hilton aims to cut emissions intensity by 75 per cent  in its managed hotels and by 56 per cent by 2030 in its franchise properties. 

Emission intensity is the volume of emissions per unit of GDP. So if a company reduces its emission intensity it means there is less pollution being created per unit of GDP but it also means if GDP grows, so do the emissions. Another way of measuring reductions is through absolute reduction, which is a reduction in the total emissions.

Kristin Campbell, general counsel and chief ESG officer, Hilton said: “During the seven months we worked with SBTi to revalidate our climate goals, their experts helped us refine our greenhouse gas inventory and evaluate our Scope 3 emissions (those for which we do not have operational or financial control over, including our global supply chain and franchise emissions). This is very detailed work and represents important progress… These enhanced, re-validated targets build upon the progress and impact we’ve created since we launched our Travel with Purpose 2030 goals four years ago, as we seek to deepen our commitment to the areas where we can have the greatest impact.”

In June this year Hilton’s updated greenhouse gas emissions targets were validated by SBTi, which are aligned with a trajectory to hold global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Jean Garris-Hand, vice president of global ESG, Hilton said: “This is truly a vital moment to reaffirm our commitments. As climate science continues to evolve, we’re committed to working across every area of our business to engage stakeholders with rigour and discipline to do our part in working toward a net-zero future for the world.”

Hilton has been recognised for its global leadership in sustainability by the World and North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five years in a row. Hilton scored in the 100th percentile in its industry.

Kristin Campbell, general counsel and chief ESG officer, Hilton added: “Hilton was founded on the belief that travel can make the world a better place. We know that we have a unique role to play in addressing critical global challenges, and we are proud to serve as an engine of opportunity while also paving the way toward a more sustainable future for us all.”

Hilton was the first major hotel brand to set science-based carbon reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and it has recently announced a new venture capital fund Fifth Wall’s Climate Tech Fund, which will invest in renewable energy, energy storage, smart buildings and carbon sequestration technologies to help towards decarbonising the real estate industry.

Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, (pictured) is believed to be the first net-zero operations hotel in the United States, and recently opened in New Haven, Connecticut.

For more information on Hilton’s Travel with Purpose framework and its Extending Our Stay environmental videos click here.

Radisson RED opens sustainable design hotel in Oslo

NORWAY: Radisson Hotel Group has opened a sustainably certified hotel in the heart of Norway’s capital.

NORWAY: Radisson Hotel Group has opened a sustainably certified hotel in the heart of Norway’s capital.

The hotel has been certified by BREEAM and has been given an Excellent rating.

BREEAM, one of the world’s leading science-based systems to determine the sustainability of buildings considers a building’s low impact design and carbon emissions, forward-thinking design features for climate change, and ecological value and biodiversity protection. 

The rating was given for several reasons including the hotel’s A class energy rating, meaning its energy level will not exceed 140 Kwh/sqm, and it uses rainfall catchers to water its rooftop garden. 

Tom Flanagan Karttunen, area senior vice president, Northern & Western Europe at Radisson Hotel Group said: “This is the perfect location for our second Radisson RED property in Norway, following the opening of Radisson RED Oslo Airport earlier this year. Radisson RED’s creative approach works in harmony with Økern Portal’s green spaces and sustainable initiatives, and offers the best city views from its rooftop bar and outdoor terrace.”

The Radisson RED Oslo Økern is just 15 minutes from Oslo’s Central train station in a sustainably focussed business neighbourhood, Økern Portal, which includes Norway’s largest rooftop garden.

The Økern Portal community has its own energy wells that produce 90 per cent  of the heating for the entire development.

The 204 room hotel has playful artistic design and is inspired by fashion, music and art. There are also 13 meetings rooms with the largest able to host 120 people.

It’s the second Radisson RED hotel in the country after the opening of Radisson RED Airport earlier this year.