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Talking Point: Fake fir for Christmas?

Talking Point: Fake fir for Christmas?

Use your artificial tree for ten Christmases or burn your real tree on the bonfire – Paul Cawsey, Sustainability Manager in Mitie’s Landscaping business discusses the pros and cons of a real or fake Christmas tree display. The debate around the environmental impact of artificial trees versus natural trees has been going on for a […]

Responsible hotel winners this quarter

A round-up of hotels recognised this quarter for their responsible business activities. Appleby Manor Country House Hotel Appleby Manor in Cumbria, UK were named winners of the Easy Being Green (Eco-Friendly) category at the Best Loved Hotels Awards. Appleby Manor has long standing eco credentials, having been awarded a Green Tourism Gold Award, and claiming […]

Starwood launches pocket seafood guide to help protect oceans

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the launch of new Sustainable Seafood Pocket Guides and Posters to help its associates select from a wide variety of seafood that protects their local communities and the environment. With properties based all around the world, Starwood hopes the easy-to-use guides will represent another step in the company’s […]

LightStay upgrade helps Hilton cut carbon

Hilton Worldwide has upgraded its corporate responsibility measurement platform – LightStay – to help its properties better manage their energy and water. In October this year Hilton Worldwide announced an upgrade to LightStay, its state-of-the-art, in-house corporate responsibility measurement platform, rolling it out across the company’s more than 4,440 global properties. The next generation of […]

Hotels and human rights

On Human Rights Day what are hotel groups doing to improve the lives of their employees and communities? Human Rights are a key pillar of the International Tourism Partnership’s work with its 16 member global hotel groups, combining both our work on human trafficking and our labour rights issues. Here are some examples of how […]

Alternative energy cuts carbon at Briars Hall

An 18th Century country manor house hotel located in rural Lancashire, UK has dramatically reduced its carbon footprint with a switch to biofuel. Briars Hall Country House Hotel, set in the historic civil parish of Lathom has replaced the 400 kW heating system comprising several gas boilers, with a purpose-built wood-clad Windhager BioCABIN. By converting […]

Talking Point: Can SME hoteliers also tackle climate change?

With big business and governments making climate change commitments at COP21 and small businesses battling extreme weather flooding in the UK and India, Olivia Fussell Managing Director at Carbon Credit Capital LLP asks, is it really practical for small business hoteliers to tackle their carbon footprints? Climate change is a top of mind issue that […]

IHG shows impact on climate change initiatives

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has announced its CDP results for 2015, achieving an impressive overall score of 98B for its Climate Change submission. IHG attributes the improvement to the global roll-out of the IHG Green Engage™ system which requires all IHG properties to work to improve their performance on issues like energy, water and waste. […]

Marriott London Heathrow helps Clean the World

The London Heathrow Marriott Hotel is one of the first hotels in Europe, and the first in the UK to recycle discarded soap with Clean the World. A recurring waste issue for hotels is what to do with the part-used amenities guests leave behind after a stay. Clean The World is a global enterprise that […]