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The awards which took place this week are considered prestigious in the UK hospitality industry and draw on the knowledge and expertise of AA members and professionals involved in the judging process.
AccorHotels’ commitment to sustainable development dates back many years, with practical initiatives such as the creation of an environmental department 20 years ago and a hotel environment charter in 1998. This commitment was crystallised when the group introduced PLANET 21, a programme setting out a variety of sustainability objectives.
Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director, AccorHotels UK & Ireland said, “This award is in recognition of the ongoing success of our sustainability programme, PLANET 21, and our longstanding commitment to operating as a responsible and environmentally-conscious business. This success is down to the commitment and energy of our teams who show remarkable commitment to our sustainability objectives day-in day-out.
“The next stage of PLANET 21 will enable us to create wealth sustainably and curb our negative impacts through the mobilisation of our employees, guests, partners and local communities. Our vision is to drive the change towards positive, more responsible and inventive hospitality, wherever we are.”
In spring 2016, AccorHotels launched the next phase of PLANET 21, which includes a commitment to make all of the Group’s new construction and building projects low-carbon by 2020 and the introduction of 1,000 urban vegetable gardens across its hotels. Through its Plant for the Planet programme, which funds reforestation and agroforestry projects with the money saved when guests choose to reuse their towels, the Group aims to plant 10 million trees by 2021.