Rezidor launches the energy-saving initiative Think! Planet

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Rezidor, which is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has launched a group-wide energy-saving initiative called Think Planet. The initiative is aiming for a 25% reduction in energy consumption by the year 2016 in all Rezidor hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group is currently present in 70 countries where 330+ hotels of the brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Hotel Missoni are operated, and 100 further properties are under development.

"Think Planet reinforces Rezidor's position as one of the industry leaders in terms of sustainability. Many of our hotels have already introduced progressive, environmentally friendly measures - now we are spreading these initiatives into all our properties and focusing on key energy-saving investments that will have the biggest impact", said Inge Huijbrechts, Director Responsible Business at Rezidor. "At the same time, we are currently faced with significantly rising energy costs in many countries, along with government carbon taxation. Moving forward, reducing our energy consumption will also contribute to maximizing our profits", added Wolfgang M. Neumann, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Rezidor.

In hotel operations, Think Planet focuses on creating smart energy habits - such as switching off lights & equipment, turning heating and cooling to eco-mode, and reporting energy related issues that request attention and preventive maintenance. The basic Think Planet tools are simple and low-cost solutions: They comprise daylight and motion sensors for lighting, condensation water recuperation from air-conditioning, and alarms on freezers. Considerable investments are made to completely move to energy efficient lighting in all hotels, install variable extraction systems in the kitchens, and optimize building management systems and heating, ventilation and air condition installations. The energy saving results are monitored and verified through monthly reports on environmental key performance indicators.

A crucial factor of the energy-saving initiative is staff engagement - 35,000+ employees participate in the initiative. Dedicated audio and video trainings inform about smart energy saving habits in housekeeping, kitchen and meeting areas, a monthly "Lumiquiz" and a competition for the most efficient, energy saving hotel of the year ensure continuous employee motivation and involvement.

For more information see Green Hotelier’s interview with The Rezidor Hotel Group’s President and CEO Kurt Ritter or go to Rezidor’s Responsibility Information.


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