Hotel sourcing platform adds sustainability data

US: BTP Automation has partnered with industry leader Thrust Carbon to power a sustainable hotel sourcing platform. 

US: BTP Automation has partnered with industry leader Thrust Carbon to power a sustainable hotel sourcing platform. 

The BTP Green Care Index, is an automated technology to address sustainability in the hotel sourcing process. This means travellers can see at the point of booking which hotel has the greenest credentials, bringing transparency and real time data to a previously murky moment of choice.

The partnership incorporates BTP’s proprietary hotel sourcing platform, which delivers pre-trip, real-time, actionable data through their Intelligent Hotel Sourcing technology with real-time Thrust Carbon key hotel sustainability data and reporting.

Kit Brennan, founder and director of Thrust Carbon said: “One of the key barriers to more sustainable travel is data to answer the question: where do I stay to lower my footprint? With this extremely exciting partnership, BTP Automation is able to utilise Thrust Carbon’s intelligence solutions to put that answer in the hands of millions of travellers. In turn, we think this will further create impetus for hotels to lower their footprint to ensure they score higher on BTP Automation’s system, creating a flywheel of sustainability.“

Bruce Yoxsimer, CEO of BTP Automation added: “The BTP Green Care Index marks a significant step towards making key sustainability requirements visible to our customers during the hotel sourcing process. With this new feature, a company’s global hotel carbon emissions are upfront in the negotiation decision, which is a first for our industry. We are thrilled to partner with the leader in this space, Thrust Carbon, to bring this innovation to the market. ” 

Business Travel Performance (BTP) Automation provides continuous data-driven refinement of the negotiated hotel programme that considers actual travel patterns and changing market conditions. It can automatically and dynamically renegotiate programme terms and conditions throughout the hotel programme life cycle. The entire system can be used in a fully automated mode, eliminating the need for manual RFP generation and delivery.

Thrust Carbon is a leading carbon intelligence platform in travel, with an aim to report, reduce, and remove emissions. Its IATA & BTN award-winning products integrate and deliver market-leading accuracy and transparency, which helps to drive the industry towards net zero.

In other news about sustainable hotel data reporting, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has just updated its carbon metric data system meaning more clarification and transparency on carbon, water and waste across the global hotel industry. See here for the full story.

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

Scandic to open 100 per cent renewable energy hotel

NORWAY: Scandic Hotels, Norway’s largest hotel operator, has signed an agreement for a new 220-room hotel in Ski, just outside Oslo.

NORWAY: Scandic Hotels, Norway’s largest hotel operator, has signed an agreement for a new 220-room hotel in Ski, just outside Oslo.

The hotel will be part of Norway’s new environmental requirements and guidelines from Nordic Ecolabel

This means the hotel will have to use ecolabeled products and chemicals as well as 100 per cent renewable energy.

The hotel will reject any products using single-use disposables, and will be reducing its water consumption. 

There will be a “climate-friendly” menu and reduced food waste.

The rooms at the new hotel will be designed with the circular economy in mind and parts of the room interiors will be environmentally certified or made from recycled materials, most of which can be reused or recycled during renovations. 

The property will also be constructed according to a high environmental and technical standard with the goal to be certified according to BREEM Excellent, one of the highest levels in environmental certification for buildings.

Asle Prestegard, head of Scandic Hotels Norway said: “We are very happy to have had this opportunity to open a new Scandic hotel in Ski.  This agreement will strengthen our position in the region surrounding Oslo, which is undergoing rapid development, and at the same time create an exciting new meeting place for people who live and work in the city.”

The hotel is expected to be completed in 2026.

The hotel company recently opened Scandic Helsinki Hub in Finland which also adhered to the principles of sustainable development with many of the hotels original elements being preserved. The hotel achieved the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Scandic is the largest Nordic hotel operator with more than 280 hotels in operation and under development in more than 130 destinations. The company currently operates 19 hotels with a total of 4,211 rooms in and around Oslo.

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.

Six Senses to launch off grid “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway

NORWAY: Luxury hotel group Six Senses Hotels & Resorts is launching a “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway.

NORWAY: Luxury hotel group Six Senses Hotels & Resorts is launching a “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway.

The 94-room hotel will be called Six Senses Svart and is the brand’s first foray into Scandinavia.

The circular-designed building is the first in the northern hemisphere to be designed and built with an energy efficient standard, which means it will collect enough energy from its solar panels to operate the hotel, its activities and the shuttle boat, which transports guests across the fjord.

It also means that within five years the hotel will produce enough energy of its own to cover the energy output of constructing the property. Often when hotels say they are carbon neutral, they are not counting the carbon emissions caused during construction, and are only referring to the operations side. This hotel can deliver 89 per cent of the 45 per cent decrease in emissions to reach the limited 1.5°C in the Paris Agreement and in its effort to become the first fully carbon-neutral and emission-free resort it will also, in around five years, generate more energy (via its solar panels and geothermal wells) than it took to build, and will take to operate.

The resort and its services, including the greenhouse farm, boat shuttles, and experiences, will be completely self-sufficient, operating off grid, in electricity, water, and waste management. To achieve this the hotel will operate a circular economy managing its own waste and water management, recycling and renewable infrastructure. 

Ivaylo Lefterov, Svart development director said: “Building a unique environment through cutting-edge design and superior craftsmanship comes with clear obligations. Creating a sustainable destination through an optimised resort operation requires us to collaborate with the right partner. Six Senses shares the same ethos and ambition, to redefine bespoke travel through technological innovation, carbon-neutral approach, ground-breaking design, and an exceptional guest journey.”

Inside, the hotel the restaurants will work with sustainable fishing and farming groups, have a zero-waste dining option and provide filtered water to guests through its own water cycle.

There will also be a Svart Design Lab, which offers education for guests to understand how new technologies can bring the hotel sector closer to carbon neutrality. 

Jan-Gunnar Mathisen, CEO of the project’s owner and developer said: “To enhance the vision of Svart, we have established a Net Zero Lab, a vehicle for developing and taking to market the technology created by us in a joint effort with Six Senses to reach the common goal for net-zero travel. This means the guest journey will have zero environmental impact from start to end. The mission is to achieve common ground for all stakeholders pushing the technology to the next level to benefit the resort and the industry at large.”

As a centre for engagement and innovation, the Earth Lab will serve as the sustainability outreach space, showcasing “lifecycle living” initiatives on and off the property. 

Six Senses Svart is due for completion in 2024.

Radisson Hotels and Resorts recently announced a sustainable certified hotel in Norway’s capital Oslo.

Image from Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas.