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Talking Point: Quitting straws and other ways to reduce single use plastics

Talking Point: Quitting straws and other ways to reduce single use plastics

Plastic is a big issue right now and loads of consumer-facing businesses are seeking ways to reduce their reliance on single use plastics. In today’s Talking Point, Olivia O’Sullivan, manager of the UK’s greenest hotel shares her top five tips for hoteliers looking to cut back on plastic waste to landfill. The Green House Hotel […]

Talking Point: Can the ‘internet of things’ help hotels be sustainable?

Ruaraidh Bellew is a Chartered Energy Manager at EP&T Global specialising in the role of digitisation to reduce costs and increase efficiency in hotels. Ruaraidh explains that many hoteliers fail to recognise the inherent inefficiency in their operations which can lead to 20% energy and water wastage per year. If solved, the thousands of pounds […]

Hotel Rural Vale do Rio: Running on 100% renewable energy

The owners of this hotel in rural Portugal began their journey knowing from the outset – at design stage – that they wanted sustainable solutions to their energy use, partly because they have an unusual historical legacy on the site. Can you take us on your hotel or resort’s sustainability journey?  The construction of the […]

Talking Point: Can hotels meet all their clean energy needs off-grid?

In this Talking Point, Busso von Bismarck, Head of Business Development, Founder & Management at Qinous Smart Energy Storage asks whether there’s a two-step approach to clean energy for off-grid properties. At the Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa we recently held an event to launch an entirely emissions-free solar and battery storage system. The system […]

Talking Point: How can hotels switch employees on to energy saving?

Claire Maugham, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB says employees are a crucial resource in good energy management at any hotel and keeping them switched on to sustainability is really important. In today’s Talking Point she describes some ways to keep employees fully engaged on the energy front. Many of the small […]

Talking Point: Could going ‘off-grid’ help hotels save water?

It’s not uncommon for hotels – especially on islands – to have their own off-grid energy to protect their business and reduce costs and carbon footprint, but could going off-grid do the same for a hotel’s water footprint? In this Talking Point Ilan Wilf, Global VP of Sales for Fluence Corporation explains how decentralised water […]

Talking Point: How can hotels detect labour issues beyond a general audit?

Auditors have an important job to monitor and regulate supply chains. This helps to determine whether there is evidence of labour issues in the workplace. Yet, the rise of modern slavery has left governments and businesses to reconsider other effective means to trace criminal activity. Mark Heath, Deputy Director of Business Change at Gangmasters & […]

Talking Point: A two-sector approach to end slavery in construction

There are 40 million people trapped in modern slavery with 25 million of those being in forced labour according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Their recent report reveals that among those, 18 percent are in construction. With the hotel industry being closely linked to construction Director of Sustainability and Group Marketing Director Chris Harrop of […]

Novotel Jaragua: building teamwork for a sustainable property

The AccorHotels Novotel Jaragua Sao Paulo was named Highly Commended in the Americas in the 2017 Green Hotelier Awards. Here General Manager Ewerton Camarano describes his hotel’s sustainability journey and how getting the whole team on board has helped them boost their environmental impacts. Can you take us on your hotel or resort’s sustainability journey? […]

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