Eight easyHotels gain Green Globe certification

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

Green Globe has been around for 29 years and is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable tourism, based on 44 globally accepted sustainability criteria across all departments and activities.

Green Globe cites itself as the original standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on. Once a hotel has become a member they can access a dedicated portal, Green Globe Solutions, which offers sustainability management solutions as an ongoing plan.

Lucas Drewes, managing director easyHotels said: “We are very proud to have received Green Globe certification for all our eight easyHotels in The Netherlands and Belgium. This fits perfectly with our vision of being the sustainable leader in the affordable budget hotel segment and shows that super sustainability and super prices can go hand in hand. It’s super easy!”

As part of its Green Globe certification easyHotel Benelux has committed to the international standard for sustainable tourism and regular independent verification inspections. Sustainability management practices include monthly measurement of water usage for awareness of consumption per property; communicating sustainability to guests, suppliers and staff regarding saving water and energy, as well as waste separation; and providing guests with recommendations for vegetarian/ vegan restaurants, local sightseeing and natural attractions.

EasyHotel properties are based on low carbon construction and operation, and are in central locations which the group says increases the options for taking public transport and walking. 

The hotel franchise also offsets emissions with the Trees For All program, which plants trees in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Paul Kreuzkamp, hotel manager easyHotel Maastricht City Centre said: “By showing our guests that sustainability measures do not take away from their guest travel experience and comfort, we believe that our guests are better aware of how they can minimise their footprint while exploring the world!” 

Each easyHotel team also engages in volunteer social work, such as volunteering at food banks, walking with elderly people, and removing rubbish from parks.

Image: easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre

Adelaide hotel development to be carbon neutral

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

The two hotels will be in Adelaide’s city centre and on the coast at Whyalla foreshore.

To help make the construction sustainable the company will be using cross-laminated timber (which is eco friendly in the sense renewable and made from sustainable materials) and green steel, which is steel with the lowest carbon footprint possible at the time.

Barrie Harrop, executive chairman of Thrive Construct said: “Upon completion, the Victoria Square site will be the tallest hotel in the world manufactured from cross-laminated timber. We have worked with Cox Architects to develop a structure that is completely carbon neutral and constructed from renewable plantation pine and green steel. All supplied from Australian industry”. 

The Victoria Square hotel in the city will have 324 rooms and 22 apartments as well as a rooftop bar. The Whyalla property will have 164 suites and 49 apartments surrounded by the botanic garden.

The hotels will be prefabricated using modular construction and factory assembled before being constructed onsite.

Both hotels are expected to be completed by 2024 with the Whyalla foreshore hotel construction beginning later this year and Victoria Square construction starting early next year.

Image: Thrive Construct

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.

Munich Kempinski first of the brand to gain EarthCheck gold certificate

GERMANY: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich has become the first Kempinski hotel in the world to get a gold certificate with the EarthCheck programme.

GERMANY: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich has become the first Kempinski hotel in the world to get a gold certificate with the EarthCheck programme.

 The hotel has been noted for use of goods and products from the regional market, avoidance of chemicals in cleaning agents, and more energy-efficient building services.

Holger Schroth, managing director of Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich said: “To achieve the high standard, we closely monitor the environmental and social impacts of our hotel operations including energy and water consumption, carbon footprint, waste generation and engagement with the city. The economic aspects include employment conditions, support for the local economy or the use of fair trade goods and services. I am very pleased to see that our environmentally friendly commitment has been rewarded and that we have thus been able to minimise our ecological, as well as social footprint decisively.” 

Ten Kempinski Group hotels have so far been awarded silver and 17 hotels have received bronze certifications for meeting the requirements of EarthCheck.

When the hotel had its renovations it implemented new environmentally friendly measures including facade insulation, heat-insulating windows, LED lighting, air-conditioning and ventilation systems with heat recovery.

 The hotel also uses an ‘intelligent’ in-room energy management system which switches off lights and air conditioning when guests are not in the room. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski uses green electricity. 

Other contributions to a positive ecological balance are the use of materials with a long service life, installed by regional companies, and using green electricity.

The hotel roof has two bee colonies producing the hotel’s honey since 2012.

Image: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Trip.com announces green goals and sustainable operations

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

The company is working with travel partners to cover key areas across 10,000 products in the travel sector. 

This includes offsetting flights, zero waste camping, eco hiking and green hotels.

As part of the push for sustainable accommodation and travel, the corporate travel brand of the group, Trip.Biz, recently campaigned for “Green Hotels” and “Green Flights” in mainland China. 

Trip.Biz was awarded a Silver rating by EcoVadis, an internationally recognised corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating platform in 2022. 

Jane Sun, Trip.com Group CEO said: “We have always adhered to the vision of ‘pursuing the perfect trip for a better world’ and will work with our users and partners to further reduce carbon emissions in a more holistic and systematic manner. We still have a long way to go and much more to do.”

As part of the Group’s long-term commitment to improving sustainability awareness, Trip.com sent out a survey to its customers and asked them their thoughts on sustainable travel.

The 2022 Sustainable Travel Survey revealed that travelling sustainably is essential to most respondents. Barriers to sustainable travel were discussed, with respondents highlighting that the accessibility of sustainable travel products appears to be the biggest issue. Most respondents said that sustainable travel options aren’t clearly labelled, so they aren’t easily able to locate these options when choosing a travel product; and that sustainable travel options are lacking in general.

To keep up with its sustainability goals the Trip.com Group has adopted environmental initiatives, including building intelligent energy management systems, solar hot water systems, and renewable heating systems to reduce energy consumption. 

Its headquarters in Shanghai has been awarded LEED Gold certification. 

In 2021, Trip.com Group announced its ESG Committee and joined the UN Global Compact, committing to create a more sustainable future for tourism and society.

Booking.com also recently released findings from its Sustainability Report, which indicated the importance of staying sustainably for UK travellers.