Whitbread joins the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Through its sustainability programme ‘Force for Good’, Whitbread is aiming to have a positive impact on its guests and the environment. 

To deliver this vision, the company has set long-term strategic targets, including reaching net zero by 2040, eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic by 2025 and cutting food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. 

Whitbread owns and operates the majority of its properties with over 800 hotels and 400 restaurants in the UK and a growing footprint in Germany.

By becoming part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Whitbread is joining a global network which represents almost 40 per cent of the industry by rooms and brings the hospitality industry together with strategic and supply chain partners to work collectively on issues affecting the planet and its people.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Whitbread into our growing membership. Their prominence in the UK market, combined with their strong focus on their people, local communities and the environment, will bring valuable insight and practical expertise to our community of responsible hospitality leaders. By working together as an industry, we can ensure that we are giving back to society and local destinations, and make net positive hospitality a reality.”

Rosana Elias, head of sustainability at Whitbread said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be joining the Alliance. ESG is a really important area of focus and we’re clear that by working together with our peers, innovating and collaborating, we will all stand a better chance of driving forward positive change. We’re delighted to continue our work in this area as part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and support the move towards a net positive hospitality industry”.

Booking.com introduces new badges and levels for green accommodation 

AMSTERDAM: Leading digital travel platform Booking.com has announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable Programme.

AMSTERDAM: Leading digital travel platform Booking.com has announced an array of new product features in celebration of the one year anniversary of its Travel Sustainable Programme.

Introduced in 2021 to provide travellers with transparent and credible information to make more mindful choices for their trips, the aim has been to recognise the efforts of a wide range of accommodation to operate more sustainably.

Booking.com also hopes to provide travellers with consistent and easy-to-understand information so they can make more informed sustainable choices.

To celebrate the first year the company is now introducing three distinct badge levels to the Travel Sustainable programme.

Aligned to the principle that reputable, third-party certification remains the gold standard in the industry, the new levels to the Travel Sustainable programme provide better visibility and recognition for currently uncertified properties that are taking steps to operate more responsibly, with regards to their impact on the environment and their local community. 

The levels help illustrate a clearer pathway for accommodations to work towards eventual certification, especially those that might be at an earlier stage in their sustainability journey. The aim is to also help encourage and incentivize more accommodations to continue making progress towards that goal.

For travellers, the new badge levels have been designed to show where different accommodations are at on their individual sustainability journeys, as well as the specific measures they are implementing.

Hopefully it will make it easier for travellers to see those that have made outstanding commitments and investments on this front to achieve one of more than 40 recognized ecolabels and certifications.

The new badge levels for Travel Sustainable are as follows:

Level 1: This new entry-level designation for the Travel Sustainable badge indicates that a property has implemented some impactful sustainability practices. This Level 1 badge will soon show up with one leaf and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.

Level 2: Accommodations receiving the Level 2 version of the Travel Sustainable badge have made considerable investments and efforts to implement impactful sustainability practices. The Level 2 badge will soon show up with two leaves and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.Level 3: The Level 3 Travel Sustainable badge is reserved for those accommodations that have made large investments and efforts to implement impactful sustainability practices, but have not yet achieved an official third-party certification yet. The Level 3 badge will soon show up with three leaves and includes a full display of all practices that have been implemented.

Earlier this year we reported on Booking.com’s survey which said more than half of UK travellers want to stay in green hotels.

You can read more about the Travel Sustainable Programme here.

Bournemouth hotel claims to be UK’s most eco friendly place to stay

UK: A hotel in Bournemouth has claimed it is the most eco friendly hotel in the UK.

UK: A hotel in Bournemouth has claimed it is the most eco friendly hotel in the UK.

The Green House Hotel has announced it is the greenest hotel in the UK because it produces “52 per cent less carbon emissions than the average hotel.”

The Green House Hotel opened in 2010 after a £5 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed building. During the refit the environmental impact of every decision was considered and principles of sustainability were at the core of the decision making process in the hotel’s commitment to achieving BREEAM accreditation.

The hotel has a long history of sustainable practices – In 2012 it introduced beehives to its rooftop and has since used the honey produced in its restaurant.

In 2019 Expedia named the hotel as one of the top 10 eco-hotels in the world. The hotel is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and was awarded GOLD level at its first attempt at the environmental status. The Green House Hotel is currently undergoing ISO14001 accreditation.

Neil Carter, general manager The Green House Hotel, said: “We’ve always strived to be the greenest hotel in the UK, every decision we make is carefully scrutinised to make sure it has minimal impact on the environment. The hotel’s carbon calculation is based on our 2019 activity, pre-Covid, when we were running normally. This will set our baseline now for us to make reductions against for this year, 2022, the first full year of trading after the pandemic.” 

The hotel’s website has a sustainability section where you can read about all the ways it strives to be as green as possible.  For example, it produces its own electricity on-site using solar panels and a Combined Heat and Power unit (CHP). 

CHP is a highly efficient way to use fuels and can make a significant contribution to the UK’s sustainable energy goals. The hotel also exports any excess electricity to the National Grid, and imports any extra it might need through its agreement with Ecotricity, a green electricity company building new renewable energy sources. 

Other green initiatives and operations include The hotel’s furniture, which is made from fallen trees, beehives on the roof and EV charging points for guests to use ​​(A dedicated Tesla charging point and a Type 2 charger for other electric cars).

There is a wildlife-friendly garden with bug hotels, native plants and bird and bat boxes.

Waste oil from the kitchen is made into fuel and coffee beans are composted for our community veg garden on site. 

The hotel restaurant, Arbor, offers local, fresh, where possible organic food sourced from producers with high animal welfare standards. It features locally-brewed beer and spirits at the bar, and the wine list has been selected according to the carbon footprint of every bottle. 

Staff are trained on sustainability, and suppliers are assessed against recognised environmental standards. The hotel is a member of Considerate Hoteliers, whose objective is to adopt sustainable environmentally friendly and socially responsible policies and practices. 

Carter added: “We’re delighted with these results, to be producing less than half the carbon emissions of the average UK hotel is excellent news. We have been working tirelessly since we opened, and throughout the pandemic, to assess all that we do, to research new technologies and products, it’s a constantly evolving process, and these results are a testament to our team’s hard work”.

Considerate Hoteliers was recently in the news as it partnered with The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance on making the industry net positive.

Image: The Green House Hotel

Greenview partners with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

The two have signed a cooperation agreement which will combine the Alliance’s industry leadership, and sector-specific experience, with Greenview’s expertise in sustainability programmes and data management.

The idea is that the partnership will help with creating innovative tools and initiatives to support the industry to work towards Net Positive Hospitality.

The two have worked together before with the development of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) – which enables hotels to measure the carbon footprint of stays, meetings and events. 

Glenn Mandziuk, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, said: “If we are to progress towards net positive hospitality, it is essential that hotels, partners and clients have access to reliable tools to understand the impact of the industry. Having worked collaboratively with Greenview to develop pioneering tools for a number of years, this new agreement will ensure that any and all hotels around the world are able to measure their impact and help create alignment in order to drive significant progress.”

The recently updated HCMI tool is applicable to all hotels, no matter their size, amenities, or experience in carbon reporting, and is now used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide. 

As the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for over ten years, HCMI provides consistent, transparent, and globally comparable data, enabling hotels to inform buyer decision-making and track their carbon reduction progress. The tool is used in the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index (CHSB), the largest industry initiative of its kind which enables hotels and their customers to benchmark sustainability performance.

Greenview and the Alliance have also worked together to create the Hotel Destination Water Risk Index and build the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, as well as collaborating with Tourism Declares, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to create the Net Zero Methodology.

By working in collaboration with the hospitality industry, alongside expert partners, the Alliance strives to help hotels understand their relationship with the planet and its inhabitants and take crucial steps towards a more regenerative hospitality industry that gives back more than it takes.

Eric Ricaurte, Greenview Founder and CEO, said: “As ESG reporting becomes increasingly essential for companies around the world, we are proud to be working alongside the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure hotels and their networks have access to the latest tools and initiatives. Through this joined up approach we aim to facilitate hotels to not only keep track of their impact, but also understand and communicate their progression towards a more sustainable future.”

Image from Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

European Sustainable Tourism Awards open for voting

UK: Voting is now open for the 50 categories at the GriNN Awards – The European Sustainable Tourism Awards. 

UK: Voting is now open for the 50 categories at the GriNN Awards – The European Sustainable Tourism Awards. 

Hotels, pubs and tourism leaders from 23 European countries were nominated earlier this year for the awards, which recognise commitment and achievements in sustainability across the hospitality sector.

Voting is open to the public and the finalists will be announced after jury deliberation. 

The jury includes experts in the sector:

Jakob Nader PLAZA Hotel Group, head of the sales department for more than 40 Hotels in Germany, Austria and Netherlands. Nader is committed to promoting growth through sustainability. 

Cristina Castilla, customer experience tourism, producer, events. Her career is dedicated to offering customers the best travel experiences.

Floris Licht, chairman Convention Bureau Event Park Amsterdam and chief tree planting officer. Licht is an innovative and entrepreneurial GM.

Co founders of Quartz Inn Hotels, which runs the awards, are also on the judging panel.

Lidiia Tkachenko, co-founder of Quartz Inn Hotels, sustainability & partnerships and Alexander Zawadzki, co-founder and director of operations, Quartz Inn Hotels will oversee the process.

Quartz Inn Hotels operates in Europe, with more than 40 sustainable properties in its portfolio and is focused on building towards a more sustainable, future for the hospitality sector. Quartz Inn Hotels has its headquarters in London and was co-founded by Lidiia Tkachenko, Alexander Zawadzki and Ignacio Merino.

Sustainable Hotel News is proud to be sponsoring three categories in this year’s awards.

Along with main Sponsor MEWS, Sustainable Hotel News is supporting the awards for: Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Scotland, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Wales.

We wish all the entrants in all 50 categories the best of luck and look forward to reporting the news of the winners.

For more information about the awards and to vote click here. Voting ends at 23.59 on November 6th.