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This category is open to all hotels making big steps in this area and in 2010 this prestigious award went to The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall UK with the following awards in 2011 seeing a London hotel the Coworth Park taking the award. 2012 European Hospitality Awards Green hotel of the year was won by Hotel Van Oranje in the Netherlands. All were awarded for many different reasons, with both making big steps in sustainability within the hospitality sector.
The Hotels van Oranje is the only five-star hotel on the Dutch coast to obtain a Green Globe certificate. Its permanent beach pavilion uses an energy-efficient earth heating and cooling system. 70% of the lighting in the hotel is LED. The water system in the swimming pool saves up to 8,000 litres a day. And a geothermal pump heats and cools the hotel.
The hotel’s menus are organic and Fair Trade. Changing of bedding and towels is guest-controlled. Rooms have water-saving showers, and windows are coated in special film to reduce the use of air-conditioning.
Our judges were impressed by the way Hotels van Oranje has clearly recognised that a fully integrated sustainability programme must do more than just improve hotel performance. While achieving considerable reductions in energy consumption, efforts have also been made to educate staff and reach out into the wider community.
Now into their fourth year, the European Hospitality Awards have quickly become a prestigious event in the awards calendar. Identifying top performers across the international hotel sector, the EHA recognises the achievements of properties and individuals across 12 categories covering design, innovation and service. This year judges on the panel include Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels, Ted Teng, president and CEO of Leading Hotels of the World, Nick Jones, founder and CEO of the Soho House Group and multi-Michelin starred chefs and restaurateurs, Heinz Beck and Marcus Wareing.
The European Hospitality Awards are now taking entries for the 2013 awards, which will be held in London in November. For more information go to www.arena-international.com/eha