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Conference, event and training attendees are being offered the chance to provide their own electricity at meetings using pedal power.
The move is part of their ongoing attempt to hit QHotels’ annual energy reduction target.
If they accept the challenge, delegates will be required to continuously pedal with a bicycle generator to convert 100 watts of energy in order to generate enough electricity to charge a laptop. It’s roughly the equivalent to a gentle race uphill.
A recent survey of QHotels delegates found that 55% say environmental credentials are important and they are keen to give back to the community. The pedal power generator is a simple and fun way to power a conference presentation – as well as keeping fit. The bicycle generator operates in a similar way to a wind turbine with the magnetic force passing through coils of wire to generate power.
Sustainable energy is a key focus for QHotels, and this new measure is one of many steps being taken to lower energy consumption. The hotel group was named runner-up in the 2013 Cateys Sustainable Business Award in recognition of good efforts to achieve its CSR objectives.
Forest Pines’ recently won gold accreditation in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). This takes QHotels’ tally to 10 gold and 12 silver awards for the national sustainable tourism certification programme.
Director of Property, Philip King said: “At QHotels we are committed to saving energy and providing an environmentally-friendly setting for guests and delegates. We have listened to delegates’ feedback and, given that environmental issues are high on their agenda, we ensure we try new initiatives and find ways to support their aims as well as our own.
“We are always looking for new ways to improve our eco credentials and it is great that an awards body as prestigious as The Cateys acknowledges our efforts.”
QHotels have a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Last year electric car charging posts were installed at six hotels and the group signed on to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement – aiming to cut food and associated packaging waste. In 2011 the brand was also proud to be awarded the AA Eco Hotel Group accolade.