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IHG already has 2,646 hotels enrolled in IHG Green Engage and in 2013 over 16,000 green solutions were implemented by those properties. Additionally 99% of its Company Managed Hotels achieved Level 1 in Green Engage.
The company aims to have every one of its hotels at Level 1 by the end of 2015.
International Tourism Partnership member IHG has been working hard on its sustainability commitments identified in 2013 and moving towards its 2017 targets which see it aiming to reduce its carbon footprint per occupied room by 12% across the entire estate, and reduce water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas by 12%.
Green Engage is an online environmental sustainability tool, which gives hotels the ability to track how much energy, carbon and water they are using, as well as assessing how waste is managed. This allows them to see how much they are spending and saving, and to feed data directly to IHG’s corporate clients as part of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
The IHG Green Engage system comprises more than 200 specific actions – or ‘Green Solutions’ – designed to reduce hotels’ environmental impact, with IHG’s managed hotels saving $73 million in energy costs alone in 2013. This is a significant benefit since utilities typically represent one of the highest expenses for hotels. Green Engage can typically save hotels around 25% of their energy costs.
Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer of IHG said, “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for IHG and is another powerful demonstration of our ongoing commitment to protecting the environment. We know our guests care as much about sustainability as we do, so making each and every one of our properties an IHG Green Engage hotel is a great step forward for our business and for the communities in which we operate.”
IHG will take an active role in supporting the roll-out, helping hotels not currently registered to sign up and reach IHG Green Engage Level 1 certification by the end of next year. This will include satisfying 10 Green Solutions such as the training of colleagues, tracking utility data, managing the use of non-essential lighting and implementing best practice in areas such as housekeeping and laundry.
This commitment builds on the company’s existing targets for 2014 which include working with all hotels enrolled in IHG Green Engage to make best use of the tool to help them reduce their environmental impacts and operating costs.
Additionally they plan to launch a goal-setting feature in IHG Green Engage which will enable their hotels to contribute to IHG's sustainability targets and track against them during the year, and further improve and continue to support hotels with the RFP process, by helping them answer common sustainability questions through IHG Green Engage.