Net positive hospitality at heart of sustainable partnership

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance), the leading network for responsible hospitality, and sustainable advisory firm, Considerate Group, have announced an agreement to support the hospitality industry to become measurably more sustainable. 

Alliance CEO Glenn Mandziuk and Considerate Group Managing Partner & CSO Xenia zu Hohenlohe met with His Majesty King Charles III at a reception at Buckingham Palace, which was also attended by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Global CEOs and politicians also attended.

The agreement will represent the hospitality industry as part of a co-ordinated private sector effort to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. 

Both organisations have a strong focus on impact monitoring and reporting, and aim to innovate measurement tools to better support and deliver services to the hospitality industry.

The Alliance recently updated its global methodology and tool for carbon measurement, the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), as well as offering water and waste measurement resources. 

HCMI is now being used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide including those of Hyatt, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group, as well as being recognised by business travel platforms, Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index (CHSB), and business associations.

Considerate Group’s Con-Serve data-monitoring platform enables hospitality clients to measure resource consumption and broader ESG metrics including electricity, heat, water, waste, food miles, business travel and volunteer hours and aligns to the HCMI. The Considerate Group’s tailor-made, hands-on consultancy services also helps hospitality businesses to set and achieve their sustainability goals. 

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We have a history of collaboration with the Considerate Group and I am hugely positive about the momentous projects that we are leading together. This partnership will support the advancement of Net Positive Hospitality through research, development and promotion, and together we’ll drive industry action on biodiversity, climate change and other leading issues.”

Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Considerate group managing partner & CSO, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be partnering with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, as such a highly recognised organisation with a truly international reach. Their solid frameworks set guiding principles which the entire industry can follow. This collaboration will help us drive the much-needed change in our sector and achieve goals the entire planet needs, as well as focusing on creating a positive impact for hospitality businesses.”

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance signs commitment to collaborative working with WTTC

UK: The World Travel & Tourism Council and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work towards improving sustainability in the global hospitality sector.

UK: The World Travel & Tourism Council and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work towards improving sustainability in the global hospitality industry.

The MoU means that both organisations will work more closely to improve the environmental and social impact of the global hospitality industry.

Through the MoU, WTTC and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance have pledged to work together in a united voice, cooperating on new research projects and driving change and innovation in sustainability in the hospitality industry.

In August we reported that the WTTC was to release its benchmarking reports for hotels which are members of its Hotel Sustainability Basics Initiative.

Glenn Mandziuk, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, said: “We are proud to be partnering with WTTC on promoting sustainable growth. This partnership combines the Alliance’s sector-specific expertise with WTTC’s scale and reach to enable both our organisations to enhance collective impact across the industry and drive progress further towards net positive hospitality. We have partnered in the past, including on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), and I am very positive about the future potential of our two organisations working together alongside our members and the wider industry.”

Julia Simpson, WTTC president & CEO, said: “The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has been a valuable supporter of our Hotel Sustainability Basics which are the first step in the ladder to advance sustainability in the industry. Although the hospitality industry has transformed dramatically in recent years, we recognise that there is still more that we can do together. Our collective efforts will enable the hospitality industry to continue moving towards a greater positive impact through this new partnership.”

The signing took place at the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s Net Positive Summit in London on October 12, where WTTC President & CEO Julia Simpson joined Alliance CEO Glenn Mandziuk to address delegates representing a broad range of industry experts, examining the current sustainability challenges the sector faces.

The Summit also coincided with the 30 year anniversary of the organisation. Founded in 1992, as the International Hotels Environment initiative (IHEI) – part of the then Prince of Wales’s International Business Leader’s Forum, the charity was founded by 11 hotel company CEOs in the wake of the Rio Earth Summit in recognition of the “urgent need to support moral and ethical conviction with practical action.”

Over the years, the organisation expanded its scope to tackle social issues as well as environmental challenges, and evolved first into the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and now as an independent charity, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. Nine of the original brands are still represented through their modern-day equivalents demonstrating their long-term commitment to operating sustainably and supporting the wider industry through collaborative action.

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa aims for net zero and gains Silver EarthCheck certification

UK: Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, in the Cotswolds, has become the first countryside luxury hotel in the UK to achieve Silver certification with EarthCheck.

UK: Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, in the Cotswolds, has become the first countryside luxury hotel in the UK to achieve Silver certification with EarthCheck.

The luxury hotel, which achieved the Bronze certification from EarthCheck last year, has had a clear sustainability plan in place for a number of years and in early 2019 Whatley’s owners committed to keep the business operating whilst reducing its impact on the planet. The team at Whately is working towards being net zero by 2028.

Sue Williams, general manager of Whatley Manor, said: “We are delighted to be the first UK countryside luxury hotel to have achieved the Silver accreditation awarded by EarthCheck. This serves as a solid testament to the sustainability initiatives we have deployed at Whatley since 2019.”

The hotel has achieved its key sustainability goals over the last few years including, removing single use plastics from guest rooms, educating the team to reduce, reuse and recycle, rethinking waste management, utilities and supplier relationships. 

Its efforts were noticed in the sustainable hotel world when it achieved the EarthCheck Bronze certification, as well as a Green Michelin Star for sustainable gastronomy. The spa at the hotel has been recognised for its sustainable practices.

The hotel aims to achieve Net Zero emissions for its energy use by 2028 (reducing emissions by 90 per cent compared with 2019) and to also achieve Net Zero emissions for its Supply Chain by 2035 (reducing emissions by 90 per cent again compared with 2019).

According to the sustainability section on its website it aims to:

Be an environmentally responsible hotel, restaurant and spa. To help achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier world for ourselves, our families and for future generations.

Williams added: “We are committed to continue this challenging yet meaningful and exciting journey. We hope to achieve our goal of net zero carbon emission for Scope 1&2 by 2028, and Scope 3 by 2035.”

Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said that Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability.

Mr. Moore said, “I would like to congratulate the whole team at Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa on their achievement. Whatley Manor is a valued member of a global group of tourism operators who dare to make a difference.”

EarthCheck believes that the world needs to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees centigrade above its pre-industrial levels. This will avoid a catastrophic impact of climate change. Currently we are at 1.1 degrees.

Luxury hotels across the globe have had to implement and show their plans for a sustainable future. Kempsinki Hotels recently released its first ESG Report.

Image: Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa

Carbon neutral aparthotel planned for Harrogate

UK: Plans have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council for a carbon neutral aparthotel, to be operated by Beyond Aparthotels.

UK: Plans have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council for a carbon neutral aparthotel, to be operated by Beyond Aparthotels.

The aparthotel, which is a hotel with apartments instead of traditional rooms, will be in the centre of Harrogate and will have 17 apartments. The plans are another positive move for Beyond, which specialises in offering carbon neutral stays.

James Fry, founder of Beyond said: “Harrogate is a fantastic place and we are thrilled at bringing our sustainable, carbon neutral operating model to the town. This building is ideally placed so people can enjoy everything that Harrogate has to offer.” 

The plans include eight studio apartments, two one bed apartments, five two-bed apartments sleeping three people, and two two-bed apartments sleeping four people.

Harrogate Borough Council released a Carbon Reduction Strategy in April 2018 which outlines their pathway to achieve a net zero-carbon economy by 2038. The strategy supports measures to address the climate emergency as outlined by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as efforts in the district as a whole to reduce carbon emissions and generate and use energy more cleanly. A decision on the plans, by Harrogate Borough Council, is expected in September.

Beyond Apartments has one, two and three bed apartments in Fitzrovia, London. Soon to open are its Regent Park apartments and West End Apartments. The Harrogate aparthotel is not the first foray to the north of England. Beyond Aparthotels has partnered with investment management and advisory firm Vengrove to open a new-build aparthotel in York.

How does Beyond tick the sustainability and carbon neutral boxes?

The first way is to reduce the amount of energy used. Beyond’s buildings are double insulated and it has ‘noise cancelling’ windows and low energy appliances. 

Beyond uses LED lighting, energy efficient heating and cooling systems and solar panels. Beyond also uses 100 per cent renewable energy from Green Energy UK. 

To achieve a carbon neutral stay, any carbon which needs to be offset is with Treepoints, which monitors and reports on Beyond’s energy use.

All Beyond’s cosmetic and cleaning products are refillable and use reused and recyclable bottles or pouches. The company also uses Oxwash for all its laundry which is 100 per cent chemical-free and has compostable packaging. 

The organic tea and coffee is plastic-packaging free, instead using compostable pods. Even the paint used in the decor is chemical free.

Image Architect Corstophine & Wright: CGI of how the Beyond Aparthotel Harrogate will look.

In other net-zero news Six Senses hotels & Resorts has plans for an off grid, carbon neutral hotel in Norway.

First carbon neutral five star hotel to open in Menorca

SPAIN: Menorca will have its first carbon neutral five star hotel at the end of this month.

SPAIN: Menorca will have its first carbon neutral five star hotel at the end of this month.

The  Villa Le Blanc By Gran Meliá, will open at the end of July and is the latest opening for the Leading Hotels of the World.

It’s Gran Melia’s first carbon neutral property out of the 15 in its portfolio.

The hotel aims to achieve its carbon neutral status by incorporating facilities and technologies that will enable it to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 87 per cent. Carbon neutral status does not include the emissions from the building, renovating or construction of a building, known as embodied carbon.

The hotel will also look at alternatives to offset the remaining emissions ensuring when it is operating it keeps its carbon neutral status (net zero). The renovation included installing biomass boilers, photovoltaic solar panels and using geothermal energy for condensation. This is where engineered geothermal systems (EGS) can use the carbon dioxide from condensation as a heat extraction fluid instead of using water, making it much more environmentally friendly.

The building will feature a SATE External Thermal Insulation System, which is when buildings are thermally and acoustically insulated from the outside.

The building will also use a circular water system so that grey water and rain water can be re-purposed, reducing the amount of water being used.

The hotel was previously a Sol Beach House Hotel but has been renovated by architect Alvaro Sans to include 159 rooms including a Penthouse Suite, a Swim-Up Master Suite and a Presidential Suite. 

The island of Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.

Gabriel Escarrer, vice president and CEO of Meliá said: “Villa Le Blanc is a dream come true for our company. A project like this allows us to move forward towards hotel decarbonisation. It is also in such a special place as the Biosphere Reserve of Menorca, making it one of the most tangible results of our commitment to a hotel model based on excellence, responsibility and sustainability.”

The Villa Le Blanc Hotel is located on Santo Tomás Beach on the Migjorn coast, halfway between Mahón and Ciutadella. 

Image credit: Gran Melia