Scandic opens first Munich hotel

GERMANY: Scandic has opened its fifth hotel in Germany, Scandic München Macherei, and aims for top sustainability goals.

GERMANY: Scandic has opened its fifth hotel in Germany, Scandic München Macherei, and aims for top sustainability goals.

Scandic München Macherei is Scandic’s fifth hotel in Germany and the ninth hotel the company will open in 2022. 

The 234-room hotel, is in Munich’s lively Die Macherei quarter in the Berg am Laim district, a creative place for “movers and shakers”.

With the new hotel, Scandic is strengthening its presence in the German hotel market, and now operates a total of 1,645 rooms in the country.

Michel Schutzbach, head of Europe at Scandic Hotels said: “Munich is also an important strategic location for us, so it’s exciting to be opening Scandic’s first hotel in the city. We’re continuing our growth strategy of expanding in Germany’s largest cities. Scandic München Macherei complements our German portfolio at a time when leisure and business travellers have returned in large numbers to our hotels.”

The hotel building will be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and must achieve a gold standard. 

As in all Scandic hotels, sustainability is an important part of Scandic Munich Matchere. The hotel is also aiming for certification in line with the strict new Nordic Ecolabel standards when launching the eco-label in Germany in the future.

The system assesses sustainability criteria including biodiversity, water consumption, energy efficiency, resource use, indoor environment and more.

Eco-labeled products and chemicals, 100 percent renewable energy, absence of single-use items, low water consumption, eco-friendly food options and a focus on reducing food waste are some of the things that need to be done to meet Nordic Ecolabel’s requirements.

To get around, guests can take public transport nearby, or use the charging stations for electric cars in the hotel’s underground garage.

Scandic is the largest Nordic hotel operator with a network of about 280 hotels with 58,000 rooms in six countries. The company has been vocal about its sustainability efforts and has lots of information and data on its emissions available to see on its website.

Scandic recently announced it would open a 100 per cent sustainable hotel in Norway.

Radisson unveils ultra fast electric charging hub in Frankfurt

EUROPE: Radisson Hotel Group has announced the launch of its first “ultra-fast” Electric Charging Hub for guests staying with electric vehicles.

EUROPE: Radisson Hotel Group has announced the launch of its first “ultra-fast” Electric Charging Hub for guests staying with electric vehicles.

The first ultra-fast Electric Charging Hub was unveiled in Frankfurt, Germany, last week. It takes around 20 minutes to charge a car from one of these points. 

The hotel group has partnered up with Allego, which provides electric vehicle charging solutions, since the summer of this year.

The group, which already supports the use of electric vehicles, is expanding its network of more than 500 electric car-charging stations across the EMEA region.

Radisson’s Green Mobility network offers both the “ultra-fast” and regular (AC) charging solutions at more than 220 locations and has more than 510 chargers across Europe. 

In India, the group has partnered with Sunfuel to install EV chargers in more than 100 hotels across the continent.

Radisson Hotel Group was the first hotel group to launch a global 100 per cent Carbon Neutral meetings program, that automatically offsets the carbon footprint of every event and meeting held at any of its hotels. It does this in partnership with First Climate by supporting projects that help reverse climate change and support sustainable development. It also committed to decarbonise and achieve net zero by 2050.  

Over the past 10 years, the Radisson Hotel Group achieved a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. A

Inge Huijbrechts, global senior vice president sustainability, security and corporate communications at Radisson Hotel Group said: “With consumer demand for Electric Vehicles (EV) expected to grow fourfold by 2025, electric vehicles will become the dominant powertrain in the next decade. At Radisson Hotel Group, we support this shift by providing green mobility solutions at our hotels. We already have more than 510 electric car charging posts at 141 hotels in EMEA, and we set an ambitious target of bringing EV charging solutions to all eligible European properties by 2025.”

Ulf Schulte, managing director DACH at Allego said: “We are very pleased to offer ultra-fast charging at Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt. Overall, Radisson Hotel Group is leading the way in offering charging solutions to all guests and visitors, and we are proud to be their partner.”

As well as the existing overnight AC charging points, the ultra fast 150kW Hyper Charger or HPC is accessible 24/7 and using 100 per cent green energy. 
Schulte added: “Whether you are there for a business meeting, a short break, or an overnight stay, your car will be fully charged when you hit the road again.”

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