Radisson Hotel Group becomes member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council

WORLDWIDE: Radisson Hotel Group has committed to its ongoing  development of sustainable tourism practices by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

WORLDWIDE: Radisson Hotel Group has committed to its ongoing  development of sustainable tourism practices by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The Group has made substantial strides to drive change in response to climate change, towards sustainability, renewable energy, green building design, green mobility, and the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics to target Net Zero Hospitality by 2050.

​Earlier this year at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Global Summit Radisson Hotel Group, together with other brands, associations and destinations in the industry, launched the Hotel Sustainability Basics, a coordinated set of basic actions that hotels should implement as a minimum at the beginning of their sustainability journey. It highlights twelve actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability. Radisson Hotel Group was a leading supporter and driving force behind the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics. You can read more about how the WTTC was releasing its benchmarking process for the Hotel Sustainability Basics by clicking on these links.

Inge Huijbrechts, global SVP sustainability, security and corporate communication, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “At Radisson Hotel Group, we believe the best way to achieve concrete results and move the industry on the path to Net Zero by 2050 is to work alongside global partners and industry bodies, such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Sustainability is not competitive but rather collaborative, together we can aim to help solve global issues we all face. We look forward to working with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and its partners to align our strong criteria to reach Net Zero emissions latest by 2050.”

During this year’s COP27 in Egypt, Radisson Hotel Group reaffirmed its strong commitment to sustainability by signing the Glasgow Declaration and encouraging other hospitality groups to join the call for strong actions to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.

The Group also remains committed to its corporate responsibility targets as outlined in its strategic plan for 2020 – 2025. These targets align with and contribute to the hotel industry 2030 focus areas, defined by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

In September this year, Radisson Hotel Group received confirmation and validation of its near-term Science Based Targets (SBTs) aligned with its commitment to be Net-Zero by 2050. 

Targets include reducing carbon and water footprint by 30 per cent by 2025, removing single-use plastics, and continuing to drive best practices in responsible consumption behaviours. 

The GSTC aims foster change in the world of sustainable travel and tourism by understanding, adoption and demand for sustainable tourism practices.

GSTC CEO Randy Durband, said: “Radisson Hotel Group has taken many great steps toward applying sustainable practices across their extensive group of hotels. And we at GSTC are delighted to have them join us for collaboration on further progress in their journey to sustainability.”

Radisson also recently unveiled its ultra fast EV charging hubs in Frankfurt.

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.”

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.