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The hotel which also ranked very highly in the Green Hotelier Awards this year, has gone to great lengths to ensure an extremely high standard of sustainability.
To achieve the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) certificate the hotel opened itself up to an exacting assessment ranging from the building's specifications and environmental management to its operations and the health and comfort of its guests and staff. It obtained top performance in 10 categories: management, health and well-being, energy, transport, water use, materials, waste, ecological land use, pollution and innovation.
Mónica Chao Janeiro, Director of Environmental Management and Sustainability at NH Hotel Group said, “The NH Ribera del Manzanares hotel has always been exemplary in terms of environmental management and energy efficiency within NH Hotel Group. Now, after the improvements made to its installations and operations, it has attained sustainability excellence as reflected by this prestigious certificate.
“We are extremely proud to have scored this highly and this milestone encourages us to continue the steadfast environmental commitment which has been a Group hallmark from the outset.”
NH Ribera del Manzanares was selected by the NH Group as the first hotel to undergo BREEAM assessment, as the property is a benchmark for NH due to the design of its installations. Located in the Madrid Río area - a greenbelt that runs from El Pardo to Getafe - the hotel’s sustainability measures make it a standard-bearer in terms of environmental management and energy efficiency in the hotel sector, and the finest exponent of NH Hotel Group’s sustainability pledge.
The hotel is carbon-neutral and boasts ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certifications, demonstrating its commitment to environmental protection and best practices in terms of energy efficiency. Since opening, the hotel’s sustainability management measures have delivered on-going improvements in efficiency under the scope of the company's business plan, which specifies water and energy savings and carbon footprint targets.
Other environmentally-friendly measures include regular tracking of energy and water usage, carbon footprint and efficient lighting using LED technology. The hotel operates a tailored materials purchasing policy encompassing environmental metrics and a biodiversity management plan for the planted outdoor areas.
As well as ensuring sustainable operations, the hotel encourages environmentally-responsible behaviour from its guests by offering them electric vehicle charging facilities, bike rental services and an eco-friendly package that guarantees minimum environmental footprints for meetings and events, including the scope to make them carbon-neutral.
All of these initiatives combined to give the NH Ribera del Manzanares a BREEAM management score of 85.27%, putting it in BREAAM's highest category of 'Outstanding', while the building itself scored 62.23%, equivalent to a 'Very Good' rating.
BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. Adapted for the specific nature, regulations and idiosyncrasies of Spanish construction since 2010 by means of BREEAM ES, more than 130 projects have been certified or are in the process of being assessed in Spain in nearly four years.
NH Hotels is a member of the International Tourism Partnership and as such were part of the working group to develop the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), the globally recognised tool for measuring the carbon footprint of a meeting or stay. Now they are part of ITP’s work on developing a Hotel Water Measurement Initiative which will help hotels measure and reducer their water consumption and move towards responsible water stewardship.